Two innovative programs involving the use of appropriate influence in dependant relationships came together at Monty Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California.
The first, Join-Up, the trust-based communication methods developed by world-class horse trainer Monty Roberts, needs no introduction. The other, The AVERT Project, created and directed by Leonard Manzella, provides Empathic Response Training for schools, institutions and families. Even though their clients are obviously very different, Mr. Manzella and Mr. Roberts recognize the similarities in the work they do, one with families and the other with horses. In the case of families, the children are dependant on their parents. In the same way, the horse is dependant on the herd until they are removed from it. That dependency is then transferred to the owner, or trainer. Not only are the dynamics similar, so are the problems that are caused when force or violence enters into the relationship. (more…)