Whisper Among Friends
Santa Barbara News-Press, Valley Living
Friday, August 25, 2006
By Nora K. Wallace
Pacing around a dirt-floored arena, Monty Roberts flicks a rope toward a horse, which follows him with wary apprehension.
On stands above the circular arena in Solvang, 40 or so people from all over the country watch the famed horse trainer with rapt attention. Many are documenting the experience with video cameras, taking down everything Mr. Roberts says about the techniques that earned him worldwide acclaim.
The 71-year old author of the 1996 best-seller “The Man Who Listens to Horses” promotes a training technique that seeks to “communicate with horses in their natural language.” All of his training is taught with a deeply ingrained personal philosophy that promotes problem-solving — for horses and humans — without violence, punishment, or fear. (more…)