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Monty Roberts on Training Draft Horses

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

October 30, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is in his 27th year of touring the globe, demonstrating the methods of nonviolent training of horses, both in the saddle and from the ground. The four part series includes Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Draft Horse Needs Ground Training, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie is Afraid of Crowds, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie Learns to Relax, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Great Riding Horse.

“I needed to get Ronnie ready for the Royal Windsor Horse Show where Carl Hester will ride him and I needed Monty to get him over being afraid of the crowd noise” owner Martin Clunes told Roberts. Clunes is the British actor famous for his role as Doc Martin on television.

Roberts replied, “Why not!? But we’ve got to get him right!” and proceeded to train Ronnie in front of the sold out audience in England. “I scored Ronnie’s demonstration really high for educational reasons and have added it to my Equus Online University.”

Monty Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site, already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web. Launching in 2009 and adding a new video lesson every week has now 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 Stefan Peters and Jan Ebeling from dressage, Will Simpson from Olympic jumping and Phillip Ralls from Western Reining.

Since launching, Monty Roberts, Richard Winters, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and many more have contributed their knowledge of horsemanship. “Considered a rosetta stone for horse communication, one of gestures like signing for the deaf, online lessons are available 24/7 have contributed greatly to the encouragement and study of non-violent training of horses.” said Roberts. He wants the global impact to spread in his lifetime and encourages interested persons to log on at http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/library and have a free look around.

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.

Debbie Roberts-Loucks, Monty’s daughter, spearheaded the development, “We are, first and foremost, advocates for keeping horses in people’s lives. The more than 480 video lessons are in categories of Ground Work from foundational to Advanced and Ridden Work, from foundational to problem solving. And there is a terrific forum plus a searchable data base of over 600 Questions and Answers from Monty with a handy search bar.”

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Monty Roberts Joins the Water Hay Oats Alliance

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

April 27, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts spent six years in University and received doctorates in Behavioral Sciences from University of Zurich and University of Parma. Along with his wife, Pat, he built and operates Flag Is Up Farms, a renowned horse training facility along the central coast of California near Santa Barbara. In Monty’s words, “My life’s goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people too.”

Roberts issued the following statement:

“Recent circumstances have served to bring me to a final conclusion regarding the organization WHOA. This organization supports the notion that horses should perform in racing without the assistance of drugs. The initials stand for Water, Hay, Oats Alliance.

It has been my life’s passion to teach trainers, owners, and lovers of horses to treat them with respect and in the most positive light possible. So, recently I decided to seek the advice of many whom I believe to be at the top of their professions to help me analyze the factors for clean racing as proposed by WHOA.

It shocks me to realize that certain statements have been made to me over my years in the horse industry that are absolutely false when it comes to the use of drugs. Lasix sits at the heart of drug use with Thoroughbred horses in the United States. Those of us who travel the world in this industry realize that virtually all of the other racing countries execute their racing under the guidelines proposed by WHOA. There, the horses race and the industry goes forward, drug free.

For the past few decades, one could open the racing program at any track in the United States and see that most of the entries performed with the circled L behind their name. Several different veterinarians personally told me that approximately 80% of the horses in racing in the U.S. are bleeders needing Lasix.  But recently I learned from high-level individuals that studies show it is more likely that a realistic number of horses in which bleeding is a significant problem would be in the area of 2-4%, not anywhere near the 95% of those horses who raced on Lasix last year.

Also, many years ago it came to my attention that Lasix encumbered the testing procedures so as to mask performance-enhancing drugs. I am now of the opinion that many people actively engaged in racing have either been misinformed through ignorance or misinformed for monetary reasons.

My goal is for us to be as fair with the horses as we possibly can be. After decades of studying the issue and listening to knowledgeable veterinary experts, I have looked at both sides of this issue and I am hereby casting my support to WHOA and its efforts to bring about medication reform.  It humbles me to be included on the list of these legends of our industry.

WHOA has raised awareness that the Thoroughbred industry has public relations issues that will not likely go away without change in the administration of drugs. For the health and welfare of our horses, I ask people to study the issues and support WHOA’s efforts to improve our industry and the lives of our partners, the horses.”

Monty Roberts
Flag Is Up Farms

 

Podcasts on a Plane, Surprise

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Traveling to Brazil recently left me with lots of time to fill. The back of the seat in front of me provided my inflight safety information rather than the human who usually does, so I was drawn to the selection of entertainment offerings as soon as the flight took off. Movies are fine, TV not so much. But I smiled when I saw audio books and podcasts on the list. When did that become a thing? I closed my eyes (something you can’t do with video) and dove in to podcasts.

Over 35 million people listened to podcasts weekly in 2016. Overall, podcast listening increased from 11% to 36%, translating into an estimated population of 98 million (Edison Research). Even more, 21% of Americans over age 12 have listened to a podcast in the past month growing since a 12% share in 2013 (Pew Research, January 28, 2017). The podcast audience is bigger than you think. Podcast growth is being driven by mobility and horse people are mobile!

Everyone is the horse industry should have a position in this podcast movement. It happens on your phone, in your ear, at the barn and in your truck. That means you should be a guest or market your service  or product there to find your people. Yes, you have people. You can find specific topics and disciplines to educate and entertain. One thing we all should know is
that Horses are Horses and we can learn from all.

The Horsemanship Radio podcast began as a way to share good horsemanship knowledge and now has 85 episodes on demand with about 200 guests and the greatest diversity of subjects you can find in equestrian programming. In 2016 they had 12,120 unique listeners per month and a total of 239,447 downloads. That was up about 20% over 2015. In that year they produced
25 episodes with over 28 hours of programming with over 40 guests.

In January of 2017 they had 10,955 unique listeners and 17,309 downloads. In February they had 10,558 unique listeners and 17,737 downloads.

The Top Three Episodes:

1.    Trainer Satish Seemar, Arthur Robinson Dixon From South Africa
2.    Dr. Veronica Fowler: Study Shows Join-Up Benefits Horses
3.    Unbranded Documentary Star Ben Masters, American Polo Star Nic Roldan, Monty Roberts Trainer’s Tip

Countries:
USA-69%
UK-8%
Australia/NZ-6%
Canada-4%
Germany-2%
Sweden-1%
Others-10%

The show covers all aspects of good horsemanship and training. Horsemanship Radio’s variety of guests create a show that is smart, educational and entertaining. Horsemanship Radio wants to hear from you about taking a position in this podcast about good horsemanship.

For more information about becoming a listener, sponsor, or guest, visit
HorsemanshipRadio.com, call (949) 632-1856, or email debbie@montyroberts.com

Horsemanship Radio can also be found on iTunes https://
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/horsemanship-radio-episodes/id657184487 and Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.horseradionetwork.hrn

Show Sponsors: IFA.com, OmegaFields.com, MontyRobertsUniversity.com

 

Monty Roberts Appearances in the USA

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Monty and Pat Roberts are pleased to announce three USA demonstrations in the coming months. The international growth of non-traditional and violence-free training of horses since 1996 when Monty’s autobiography The Man Who Listens to Horses was published, has drawn Monty to travel for over 25 years now. It is rare when Monty is able to demonstrate his mastery of horsemanship in the United States. His Flag Is Up Farms will host three events this spring and summer.

On May 13, Monty and Pat Roberts host NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

Your party will be welcomed to beautiful Flag Is Up Farms to watch Monty Roberts put a saddle and a rider on a horse for the first time. Witness first-hand the powerful relationship of trust and communication between a horse and a human. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner with New York Times Bestseller, ASPCA “Man of the Year”  and Horse and Hound’s Top 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time Monty Roberts and sculptress Pat Roberts in their hilltop home. This unforgettable event is great for the whole family.
The Night of Inspiration starts at 5:00pm, but if you would like to tour the Farm prior to the event, you are welcome to arrive early and walk the grounds on our 75-acre Farm. Our office will be opening at 3:30pm that day if you would like to pick up anything for the signing later that evening. There is horse training taking place daily, with many different breeds.

Monty will demonstrate his signature Join-Up®, starting a horse to his first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. His history of starting horses since he was a young person inspires people to develop their skills in building trust and communication between horse and human.  PRICE: $199 USD

On July 10-21, Monty will teach the GENTLING WILD HORSES: 10 DAYS

This course will give students the opportunity to use Monty’s non-violent methods with ‘untouched’ horses. Students will observe and have ‘hands-on’ lessons according to their levels of skill. They will work in the unique facility, the ‘IFA Untouched Gentling Pen,’ which is designed for the humane treatment of wild horses, and the safety of horse and handler.

Be part of the experience of horse’s first touch by human hand and of the process, which allows them to be haltered, led, groomed and have their feet picked up. It is a fantastic way to learn more about the nature of the horse, as ‘untouched’ horses are a very good ‘mirror’ to learn more about oneself as well. This course is open for everyone, but ‘hands-on’ sessions will be limited to the skill set of each individual. A Rosette of Accomplishment will be provided upon completing the course.

On July 31-August 4 Monty will teach the MONTY’S SPECIAL TRAINING: 5 DAYS

Witness what created a revolution in horsemanship and open your mind to a whole new perspective on your horse’s methods of communication and behavior. Experience what hundreds of students have discovered at Monty Roberts International Learning Center; a wonderful learning environment where you will enjoy the staff, meet new friends and return home with a better understanding of your equine companion. Every horse enthusiast can find lessons below to fit their interests.

A unique opportunity to be at Flag Is Up Farms with Monty, watching, asking questions and learning as Monty and a team of his Certified Instructors work with a range of young and remedial horses. By observing this renowned and gifted horseman, you gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures and discussions. This class is for the novice, as well as the advanced student, to observe a master at work practicing his discoveries that have changed the horse world internationally.

Monty shares how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations during this intensive five-day class. This exclusive format helps you better understand problem solving using Monty’s violence-free training methods. Depending on the horses brought in to train that week, these issues may be a part of the course:

• leadership issues
• ground manners
• teaching to tie
• crossing water (and/or obstacles)
• loading
• head-shyness
• mounting
• bucking
• standing for the farrier
• kicking and biting
• starting a young horse

Spend time with like-minded people absorbing what non-violent communication can be. Enjoy the included lunch daily and share lively discussions with Monty and students from around the world as each day is full with learning.

For a complete description of these demonstrations and clinics, visit website https://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/  or phone 805-688-6288

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Science Confirms It: Join-Up® is Gentle on Horses

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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A paper titled “Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations: Preliminary report on the heart rate and heart rate variability of horses undergoing training during live audience events” has been accepted for publication in the international journal “Animals.”

“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:

• Stress responses recorded in this study were comparable (e.g. when compared to horses undergoing foundation training) or more favorable (e.g. when compared to novel object tests, handling tests or horses anticipating competition) to previously reported studies in the literature. 
• Stress responses during public demonstrations were proportional to low-moderate exercise intensities described in other training methods where horses were under similar levels of physiological stress as reported in literature.
• The stress responses during a specific training method known as “Join-Up®” were comparable to other methods of training used by Monty Roberts during public demonstrations, and were consistent with exercise intensity (physiological stress). There was no evidence that Join-Up® altered HR and HRV in a way to suggest that this training method presents the horse with psychological or physical stressors which would negatively affect welfare. 
• There was preliminary evidence that training undertaken in a roundpen, including Join-Up® controls or inhibits the flight response (limits the fear response). 


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.

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Horse Sense For Leaders – Quick Read Edition

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Horse Sense For Leaders

 

Download the ‘Quick Read’ Edition of:
Horse Sense For Leaders: Building Trust Based Relationships

 

 

November 30, 2015: Radiothon Features Trainer of American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, plus Monty Roberts and Charlotte Bredahl

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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On Cyber Monday, November 30, the Horse Radio Network will give away over $3,000 in prizes, live on the HRN Holiday Radiothon, the Network’s first annual Holiday Radiothon to air on “Cyber Monday.” The premiere streaming event, sponsored by WeatherBeeta, runs from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (ET), and features over $3,000 in prize giveaways to listeners.

Don’t miss the 1pm Eastern time hour when Horsemanship Radio’s segment of the Radiothon will air the interview with Bob Baffert who trained four Kentucky Derby winners, six Preakness Stakes winners, and two each Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Oaks winners. This year, Bob and American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby, bringing his total number of victories in the Derby to four. American Pharoah is one of the leading contenders for Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsman of the Year because there was no other display of sportsmanship in 2015 that came close to what owner Ahmed Zayat and Bob Baffert did with American Pharoah. You can vote here: http://www.si.com/sportsmanofyear/2015/11/10/vote-si-sportsman-poll 

Top equestrian companies have lined up to offer their goods & services for HRN fans. Prizes from companies including: WeatherBeeta, Benefab, Sore-No-More, Dublin, Total Saddle Fit, Horse and Hunk Calendars, Cavallo Boots, Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks, Smooth Stride Jeans, Monty Roberts Equus Online University, EzSignsOnline.com, Distance Depot, Riders Sleeves, Gloria Austin, Mary Kitzmiller, Absorbine, and more.
 
ENTER TO WIN:

Throughout the show, prizes will be given away every hour, with a grand prize announced at the end of the show. Listeners can enter to win prizes in one of two ways: log on to the HRN Holiday Radiothon website before November 27, 2015 and leave a message on the Horseloverz.com Voicemail with a holiday message of your choice. http://radiothon.horseradionetwork.com/category/leave-holiday-voicemail/  or call in to the live show between 9 am and 9 pm eastern time, and tell us about your favorite holiday memory 
(435) 272-1997.
 
Charlotte Bredahl-Baker is a well-known trainer and FEI judge who was born and raised in Denmark before moving to the United States at the age of 22. She has an impressive list of accolades, including a team bronze medal from the 1992 Olympic Games with Monsieur and a Team Silver medal from the 1997 North American Championship with Lugano. Additionally Charlotte is the Assistant Dressage Youth Coach to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). http://bredahldressage.com/charlotte.html 
 
Monty Roberts first gained widespread fame with the release of his 1996 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, as well as becoming Patron of Join-Up International. 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. www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com/library 
 

 

News: Monty and The Queen

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

At age 80, Monty Roberts hardly seems to be slowing down. The horseman extraordinaire continues to share his whispering wisdom around the globe, and yesterday, the renowned horse trainer was at Buckingham Palace with his old friend, Queen Elizabeth II. To read on, go to: http://www.horsecollaborative.com/monty-roberts-and-the-queen-bffs/

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This Week’s Video Lesson

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Watch Monty’s latest online lesson!

Andrew McLean Lesson 1: How Does a Horse Learn?

Click here and watch the video: http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/training/2031188940

“I will attempt always to educate you in tactics that will produce results without violence.”
– Monty Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humane Society and Monty Roberts as Keynote Speaker Team Up to Honor Horses

Friday, February 13th, 2015

February 13, 2015 Solvang, California: Monty and Pat Roberts are pleased to announce three USA appearances by Monty in the next two months. The international growth of non-traditional and violence-free training of horses since 1996 when Monty’s autobiography The Man Who Listens to Horses was published, has drawn Monty to travel for over 20 years now. It is rare when Monty is able to share his mastery of horsemanship in the United States.

On March 7 the Humane Society of the United States has extended an invitation to Monty Roberts to speak at The HSUS Equine Protection Program’s upcoming benefit in Wellington, Florida. The event will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The HSUS will be presenting Priscilla Presley with our Horsewomen of the Year award. 

On April 1 in New Orleans, Mr. Roberts has the distinct honor of serving as the keynote speaker for the Human Society’s “Honoring the Horse” program.  Attendees will learn from leading experts in their field on a variety of issues related to horse care and well-being and advocacy, as well as network with fellow devotees. The event is geared toward anyone who owns horses, is considering owning a horse, trains horses for competition, cares about the welfare of horses, or wants to improve their understanding of all things equine.

On April 2 in New Orleans, Mr. Roberts will be participating in the Humane Society International’s Annual Animal Care Expo.  This gathering is a world-class educational conference and full-scale trade show for anyone who works or volunteers in the animal protection fields around the globe. Expo is an annual event which brings people together to learn the newest and best information available for helping animals.   

For details, visit the website https://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/  or phone 805-688-6288

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