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.”