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October 19, 2016 Solvang, California: When Monty Roberts was invited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 to demonstrate his understanding of horsemanship, horse training’s 6000 year old tradition was forever changed. Roberts had cracked the code on the communication system horses used to survive for millions of years before humans had domesticated them. Roberts demonstrated concepts that drew a line at pain in training and his life’s goal is to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too.
Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web. Launching in 2009 and adding one new video lesson per week has now firmly established the learning system as the most comprehensive globally. It was important to Roberts to not only quantify the language of the horses he calls Equus, but also to share its interpretation with lessons from world renowned horse persons such as Steffan Peters and Jan Ebeling from dressage, Will Simpson, Olympic jumping and Phillip Ralls from Western Reining.
Since launching, Monty Roberts, Richard Winters, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Isabella Wolf, Kelly Marks and many more have contributed their knowledge of horsemanship. Considered the Rosetta Stone of the horse language, one of gestures, like signing for the deaf, online lessons available 24/7 have contributed greatly to the encouragement and study of non-violent training of horses, the flight animal, said Roberts. He wants the global impact to spread in his lifetime and encourages interested persons to log on at http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/library to redeem a free daypass.
As part of the learning support, Equus Online’s Forum creates a safe place to ask questions and get encouragement from credentialed instructors who have studied Monty’s lessons for years. And Monty just launched a new version of the Forum this month which is another level of support.
- Emojis and emoticons have been added as well as text edits and active links
- Email notifications are available on people’s posts so students can choose to subscribe to a post, and be notified of any comments on that post
Debbie Roberts-Loucks, Monty’s daughter, spearheaded the development, and shared, “We are excited to be a part of the growing population who love their horses. The 425+ lessons are in categories of Ground Work, from foundational to Advanced, and Ridden Work, from foundational to problem solving. Adding to that, there is a this terrific forum and over 600 Questions and Answers from Monty with a handy search bar.”
October 19, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts and his team will be demonstrating on these dates and locations:
October 21st Hartpury Gloucester, October 26th Surrey, October 29th Devon, November 3rd East Yorkshire, and November 5th Lincolnshire. Ticket info: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/
Monty is adding an Evening Performance to his Living Legend Tour on Saturday 12th November 6.30pm – 9.30pm. The world’s greatest Horse Gentler, Monty Roberts, will be at Your Horse Live this November for an exciting evening performance to share his techniques which have produced multiple world champion horses as well as having helped thousands of troubled horses and owners around the globe. Whether a leisure rider or a professional, attendees can learn the secrets of his success. http://www.yourhorselive.co.uk/what-s-on/evening-performance
Monty will be working alongside his longest standing instructor, Kelly Marks, and together they’ll be demonstrating their practical techniques to help your horse with clipping, loading, mounting, bucking and numerous other ground and ridden challenges.
Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 that he was invited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to demonstrate at Windsor Castle. At the conclusion of one week’s work, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses more, added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.
To date, Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:
2,764 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
2,951 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero
August 29, 2016, Solvang, California: Monty Roberts and his professional team teaches RIDING WITH RESPECT; striving for partnership and communication with your horse through non-violent training. This year’s dates are September 24-25. More information can be found here: http://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/RwR_Sept2016.pdf
October 15th in Lancashire, October 21st Hartpury Gloucester, October 26th Surrey, October 29th Devon, November 3rd East Yorkshire, and November 5th Lincolnshire. Ticket info: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/
To date, Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:
2,763 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
2,950 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero
“Animals” is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal concerned with publishing high quality scientific papers within the field of ‘animals’, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. In particular, this journal showcases scientific study describing animals’ interactions with the outside world, including humans. “Animals” is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication.
This new paper describes the opportunistic collection and analysis of heart rate (HR; beat-to-beat intervals) and heart rate variability (HRV) of 10 horses being trained during Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations within the United Kingdom and is authored by Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales and Dr. Veronica L. Fowler (lead author).
Key findings from the study include:
In conclusion, training of horses during public demonstrations is a mild stressor for horses. However the stress responses observed within this study were comparable or less to those previously reported in the literature for horses being trained outside of public audience events and was indicative of exercise at low-moderate intensity (physiological stress), rather than psychological stress.
The full paper will be available open access within 10 days.
July 29, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is back from touring the world this spring, helping owners and horses face their fears and learn to trust each other. When given the chance, we sat down with Roberts to hear what advice he had for students who hope to understand horse behavior a little better.
Turns out that Monty and Pat Roberts, owners of Flag Is Up Farms, are celebrating their 50th year of gentle horse training in their Solvang, California location. As we were preparing for this interview, Roberts had been preparing to greet a variety students throughout the summer of courses, including a group of Brazilians. Much of the work is hands-on training like the Gentling Wild Horses course and Join-Up, using the methods Monty discovered while still a teenager in Nevada watching mustang herds interact. The students will get a rare look at Monty Roberts’ lifetime of knowledge and experience, but we first wanted to ask how people who couldn’t afford to travel to and participate in courses would ever be able to learn what he knows.
Monty’s Special Training Week is August 1st to 5th, where he works with a variety of horses. Students will observe how Monty Roberts’ concepts work with problem horses, young horses and unhanded horses, across all breeds and many disciplines. Following this first week, students will then participate in the Join-Up® Course followed by the Long Lining Course to experience how communication with horses in the round pen happens, hands-on. Included in the courses is a subscription to Monty’s Equus Online University. This online learning tool will support the continuing education in Monty’s methods.
What we hadn’t anticipated was that Monty already had a plan for people who could not journey to him to learn. His answer came in the form of a question, “Have you seen what I created for the world to have in perpetuity? Since 2004 I have been answering questions from horse owners, trainers and lovers as they come to me. Once per week I publish my answers for anyone one who wants to learn, as my gift to the horse world.”
While we were aware of Roberts’ Equus Online University, we admitted to him that we hadn’t added up the weekly questions and Monty’s answers to learn that he already had a library of over 612 nuggets of knowledge based on a lifetime of training championship horses. This was the wealth of knowledge we had hoped to share with you, and more. There is even a free Daypass allowing us to log on and test ride the lessons. Best of all, the 612 questions and Monty’s answers do not require paid access. As Monty said, they are his gift to those wishing to learn gentler, more humane ways to train horses. Access to the Equus Online University can be found here: www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com/library
The courses are:
August 1–5, 2016 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California USA
Aug 22–2 Sep Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farm, California USA
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July 29, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts’ professional team teaches RIDING WITH RESPECT; striving for partnership and communication with your horse through non-violent training. This year’s dates are September 24-25. More information can be found here: http://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/RwR_Sept2016.pdf
This is a unique opportunity to attend a ridden clinic at Flag Is Up Farms. The clinic consists of two days of group training for you and your horse. Instruction will be tailored to meet your level of riding. All disciplines and types of horses are welcome; however, if you want to bring a young horse, we suggest you have had 60 plus days of ridden training prior to the clinic.
Maximum 10 people with horses. A limited number of our Willing Partners™ horses are available to ride in the clinic for an additional fee. Lunch is included.
Riding with Respect is Saturday/Sunday, September 24-25
$600/weekend or $350/day with your own horse
$900/weekend or $450/day with a Willing Partners™ horse http://www.montyroberts.com/horses/willing-partners-program/
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June 30, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts, founder of Join-Up® International, and the Board of Directors of the California non-profit corporation, were pleased to announce the addition of four dates in 2016. July 8-10, August 19-21, September 30-October 2, and December 9-11.
Grants provide much-needed help to cover the costs of the Horse Sense and Healing clinics for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress injuries.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) has provided grants. Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of DVNF, said, “Join-Up’s mission is both unique, and for many of our nation’s veterans, it is also life-changing. The impact this program has on the lives of veterans is one DVNF is glad to support.” VanFonda also expressed that it is the hope of DVNF that these funds help with Join-Up International’s continuous commitment to the veterans’ community.
Marsha St. Clair, the member of the Board of Directors who corresponded with DVNF to obtain the grant was excited to share the news of the generosity of the foundation, saying “We urge those of you who believe in and support our program, Horse Sense and Healing, to spread the word about how both organizations together are making a difference to help our Veterans in need.”
Monty Roberts, renowned horse gentler, began running free-of-charge, resilience-building workshops for veterans and their families in 2010. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior, withdrawal, anger, stress and Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).
Roberts holds two Ph.Ds in Behavioral Sciences. In these workshops, he demonstrates the deep healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. Roberts assists veterans as they learn to develop a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, veterans can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations, and move on with their lives and relationships.
“Because the Horse Sense and Healing clinics are free-of-charge to veterans, donations and grants are the only sources of income to help Join-Up International put more deserving veterans and their families through the program,” said Debbie Loucks, Director of Development.
Executive Director, Pat Roberts, is looking forward to hosting the next three day clinic July 8-10. She urges those who want to learn more to go to www.join-up.org/veterans .
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Join-Up International is a California 501 (c) (3) organization (tax ID 77-0459889) founded by world renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts. Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships. In 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became a patron of Join-Up International and we are deeply grateful for the support we receive from both Her Majesty and the members of our board.
Join-Up philosophies can be seen at work with both humans and horses across the world from farms to major corporations. To learn more about Monty Roberts or the many applications of his Join-Up training methods, visit www.montyroberts.com. Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Monty’s Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responder personnel with stress injuries are detailed here www.join-up.org/veterans .
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
DVNF achieves this mission by:
- Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
- Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
- Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
- Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.
MONTY ROBERTS AVAILABLE FOR SELECT INTERVIEWS: The New York Times bestselling author and world renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts is available for interviews.
MONTY ROBERTS first gained widespread fame with the release of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens To Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today Monty’s goal is to share his message that ”Violence is never the answer.” Roberts has been encouraged by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order. Other honors received were the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award. Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.
Jeroen Dubbeldam, reigning World and European Champion, from Nederland, headed the list of competitors, while fellow Olympic individual gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil) challenged Peter Charles (Great Britain), Beezie Madden (USA) and Laura Kraut (USA), all part of Olympic teams. Kent Farrington (USA) is currently ranked number six in the world and will be representing a strong USA presence, including three of the top 30 riders in the world.
Roberts was asked to be in the pageant at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90 birthday. Roberts and his wife Pat stayed at Windsor as guests of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Monty Roberts advises Her Majesty with phone calls and frequent trips to Polhampton and Sandringham where he works with Her Majesty’s Thoroughbred horses. Monty’s success, he states, is from the Queen’s endorsement.
“She was the only reason I was able to go global,” he says. “If it wasn’t for her, I’d still be ploughing around in central California, trying to get cowboys to agree that being rough with horses doesn’t make sense.”
Years before The Horse Whisperer movie was made, the Queen had read about him in horse magazines, and sent the Crown Equerry, Sir John Miller, to investigate.“He came utterly skeptical, but in the end, he said, ‘Her Majesty is going to want to see this’” Roberts recalls. “I was invited to Windsor in April 1989. The Queen provided me with several young horses of her own and a training pen was set up at Windsor. I had saddles and bridles on them all in five days,” says Roberts. “She put me on the road in her car and away I went to 21 cities. I did 98 horses on the trip, all the while reporting back to her. She gave me another life. She wouldn’t agree with it, but it’s true – she’s so understated,” he says.
It was the Queen who encouraged Roberts to write a best-selling autobiography in the early 1990s.
“I never depart from calling her ‘Your Majesty’, but I see this real side to her that is just overwhelming. Once when called in on short notice I mentioned I was in work clothes. She said to me, ‘I don’t give two hoots what you wear.’ How many people know that the Queen would say that?”
“I can’t emphasize enough the Queen’s ability as a student,” says Roberts. “She doesn’t forget anything and she is intensely interested. She has given me the opportunity to teach my concepts all over the world and opened many doors for improving the lives of animals. For this I call her an ‘Influence for Good’ and I believe she is the leading monarch in the world for advocating a better life for animals.”
This story, while remarkable, is merely representative of an ever increasing body of work as Monty Roberts continues to be an agent of change throughout the world. This mission was very much influenced by Her Majesty as she encouraged Monty on to bring this ever important message of nonviolence to the global community.
A comparison between the Monty Roberts technique and the conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses
Solvang, CA – The scientific paper authored by Drs. Veronica Fowler, Mark Kennedy and David Marlin entitled ‘A comparison between the Monty Roberts technique and a conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses’ was accepted for and published in Anthrozoös. Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal reporting the interactions of people and animals, a journal which has enjoyed a distinguished history as a pioneer in the field since its launch in 1987. Prior to appearing in print in Anthrozoös the study was presented at the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) having been accepted by the scientific committee and also presented at the Centre for Animal Welfare & Anthrozoology, Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge both.
Comment from Dr. Veronica Fowler on the results of the study:
“This study describes a comparison of the efficacy of the Monty Roberts horsemanship technique in comparison to a UK conventional training technique for the initial training of horses. Initial training of young horses, in particular the first time a horse is saddled and ridden has been recently reported in the scientific literature as a significant stressor in terms of the impact on the welfare of the horse. It is therefore vital that we fully evaluate the techniques which are practiced around the world to identify those which have the potential to cause compromised welfare and suffering during foundation training of horses.
Our study reports that horses trained using Monty Roberts’ methods had significantly lower maximum heart rates (bpm) during both first saddle and first rider when compared to a UK conventional training method. Monty Roberts trained horses did have significantly lower heart rates during first saddle and first rider backing process (i.e. heart rate reduced between first saddle and first rider), a finding which has never previously been reported in the scientific literature. Thus the heart rates observed from Monty Roberts trained horses during first saddle and first rider are currently the lowest reported for any training regime reported in the literature to date.
The use of the round pen and in particular the technique of Join-up have been frequently criticized and reported in the literature to be another significant stressor due to the perceived opinion that this environment and method overtly activates the flight response. Our study could find no evidence that the use of the round pen or, indeed the technique of Join-up, was fear inducing and thus a significant stressor to the horse based on heart rate alone. In fact, we found that the heart rate of horses during this technique were considerably below the maximum heart rate for horses of this age and breed.
Following 20 days of training (30 minutes/horse/day) the study horses undertook a standardized ridden obstacle and flatwork test and a ridden freestyle test. Heart rates recorded during these tests for both training regimes were not significantly different; however Monty Robert’s trained horses scored significantly higher in all three tests as determined by a panel of judges who were unaware of the study or the trainers involved in the study.
Our manuscript therefore provides peer reviewed scientific substance to indicate that that the Monty Roberts training technique is highly efficacious in terms of the effect on the welfare and performance of the horse undergoing foundation training.”
Recently, a student under the supervision of Professor P. McGreevy of the University of Sydney, Australia, set out to discredit round pen techniques, specifically Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® methods. This video demonstrates the explicit reasons behind the student’s paper in her own words, specifically mentioning Her Majesty The Queen of England. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/science-takes-on-the-man-who-listens-to-horses-20120713-2219x.html An abstract of that paper was presented at the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Edinburgh, Scotland during their conference.
Mr. Roberts responded that his Join-Up® method uses both positive and negative reinforcement, and negative reinforcement could be a ”good thing.”
”How do you get a horse to move off your leg? You lay your leg against the horse with pressure and then when the horse steps away you remove the pressure – that’s negative reinforcement,” said Mr. Roberts, who advocates non-violence and uses choice without pain or force in the training of horses in front of live audiences worldwide.
”Everybody that ever works with a horse stresses a horse. You will stress a horse when you bring him out of a meadow,” said Mr. Roberts. “They have to go through a certain amount of stress in order to accept they are going to live with humans,” he said.
Compare this student’s paper making the news in equestrian circles worldwide with a controlled Science Trial and published in a legitimate Science Journal Anthrozoös referenced by Fowler V. Kennedy M. and Marlin D. (2012) A Comparison of the Monty Roberts Technique with a Conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses. Anthrozoös. Vol. 25 (3).