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Monty Roberts’ New Series on Horses That Fear Spray Bottles

Monday, December 31st, 2018

December 31, 2018 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is the ultimate horse behaviorist. Whether the issue is how to encourage a horse to want to do something, or conversely how to overcome a remedial issue, Monty is called upon by some of the greatest horse persons on earth to help.

Sometimes a horse has lived with a fear issue most of his life. Roberts believes that this is just not fair to the horse, especially if there is an opportunity to overcome that fear.

One of the most common phobias amongst horses are the hissing spray bottles spurting strange smelling liquid in the direction of the horse’s body. If you imagine this from the horse’s viewpoint, it makes sense that the neophobic equine has a problem tolerating this scary moment. Monty tackles this chronic issue in the way he has become famous for: simplicity, common sense and quite a few incremental steps, to be fair to the horse.

In this series Monty starts by using a gentle gelding as a guide in Part 1: Horses Can Learn Through Observation https://montyrobertsuniversity.com/training/2031189169

Part 2: Step by Step Spray Bottle Training

“Show the horse that there is no pain connected to the water spray.” says Monty Roberts.

Part 3: Where to Stand When You Spray Your Horse, demonstrates the steps to habituate the comfortable place a horse finds to overcome his fears of the spray bottle.

“I never stop learning,” says Roberts. “And I don’t want any of my students to stop learning either! I want all of them to be much better than me. We are just scratching the surface of knowing how much horses can teach us.”

Launched in 2009, Monty Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web.  It is established now that this learning system is the most comprehensive globally in horsemanship. It was important to Roberts not only to 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 and Richard Winters from Western Reining.

Since launching, Monty Roberts and many legendary trainers 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 500 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.”

In 1948 while laying on his belly watching wild mustangs through binoculars in the Nevada desert, the 13-year-old Monty Roberts couldn’t imagine that what he was discovering about horses he would share nearly 70 years later online.

Queen Elizabeth clearly wanted the best for her horses. Whether they were Thoroughbred racehorses, military horses, carriage horses or simply horses she loved to ride, Her Majesty wanted them trained in the most respectful manner possible. The Queen endorsed Monty’s concepts of training horses without violence, causing them to rise to the highest degree of proficiency in their given discipline with the lowest possible stress.

Her Majesty observed five days of Roberts’ causing young horses to accept their first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. It was then that the Queen requested a book about who Monty Roberts was and why he chose to reverse what had been the traditional ‘breaking’ procedures for 6,000 years. The publishers suggested the book would sell 3,000 to 5,000 copies, but, in fact, Her Majesty watched as Roberts’ first literary challenge reach six and a half million copies.

It has been with the Queen’s encouragement that Monty Roberts has now toured the world demonstrating his principles. In 44 countries Roberts has presented his audiences with over 11,000 horses. About 25 percent have been totally untrained, while 50 percent have been severely beset by behavioral problems. The remaining 25 percent simply refused to load in a trailer or truck used for transportation. All of these were successful in overcoming their given problem.

While tracking wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy, Roberts observed a nonverbal communication between the horses, a silent language he would later call ‘Equus’. Roberts incorporates Equus into his nonviolent training approach called Join-Up®. Roberts first developed Join-Up to help teach horsemen how to stop the cycle of violence typically accepted in traditional horse breaking. Roberts created a consistent set of principles using the horse’s inherent methods of communication and herd behavior.

The result is a willing partnership in which the horse’s performance can flourish to its full potential, rather than exist within the boundaries of obedience. These principles are valuable tools to understanding what motivates horse behavior and increasing effectiveness in any application. Join-Up training methods are most simply expressed in the process of starting raw horses. Without the use of pain or force, the trainer persuades a raw horse to accept a saddle and rider in less than 30 minutes.

Monty Roberts has discovered that these principles are effective as a tool for dealing with many stress-related issues of the human mind. Roberts believes that PTSD is not, in fact, a disorder, but an injury. He states that it should be PTSI. His belief is that injuries heal and most people believe that disorders are challenges that do not tend to heal. Disorders require other forms of dealing with disorders of the human.

With these beliefs in place Roberts has been working with military veterans and first responders in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 1,000 individuals have experienced the engagement of horses in the process of dealing with post-traumatic stress injury. The results of these clinics have been overwhelmingly successful and are gaining momentum throughout the areas where Roberts has conducted his clinics.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

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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, 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 and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. 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.

Monty Roberts has created Join-Up International, a 501c3 non-profit foundation. With his learning center on his Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, he has produced a growing list of certified instructors globally. These facts insure that Monty will meet his life’s goal which is to leave the world a better place than he found it for horses and for people, too.   www.MontyRoberts.com

 

Monty Roberts International Learning Center 2019 Dates Announced

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

September 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Its going to be an exciting year at Monty Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, home of his International Learning Center and Shy Boy, the mustang of documentary and Breyer fame.

Monty Roberts is entering his 29th year of touring the globe, demonstrating methods of nonviolent training of horses brought to him by members of the audience, both in the saddle and from the ground. The best nights of each tour are edited into a show Roberts calls Backstage Pass of the most challenging and endearing horses from tour. On Monty’s website, 13 new episodes of Monty’s Backstage Pass television series is here https://vimeo.com/montyroberts/vod_pages. The series is comprised of the most spooky horses, new starters, head shy horses, horses that won’t load, buckers, hard to mount horses, and more as they learn from their session with Monty’s gentle methods.

Just added to his Equus Online University interactive online lesson site is a series from Olympian Will Simpson with his talented Chacco P on training to relax and soar over fences. https://montyrobertsuniversity.com/training/2031189156

Additionally Roberts has added dates in Solvang for these courses:

Join-Up: 3 Days Long at $1250

An introduction to the language of ‘Equus.’ Classroom discussion will cover horse behavior and language. The Join-Up® process will be demonstrated and broken down in various exercises, before you get the chance to complete several Join-Ups with different horses. You will learn how to use the Dually halter to establish a relationship where the horse leads willingly and respects your space. At the end of the four days you will have the tools to create an effective, trust-based partnership with your horse.
February 19-21, 2019
March 4-6, 2019
April 8-10, 2019
April 25-27, 2019
August 19-21, 2019
November 12-14, 2019
December 2-4, 2019

Long Lining: 3 Days Long at $850

Effective long-lining has numerous benefits for training and conditioning horses. This class aims to teach you these benefits, the advantages of long-lining over single-line lunging and the skills required to long-line effectively.
February 11-13, 2019
March 7-9, 2019
April 11-13, 2019
May 2-4, 2019
June 3-5, 2019
August 22-24, 2019
October 14-16, 2019
December 5-7, 2019

Horsemanship 101: 1 Day Long at $300

For those new to horses, returning after a long break or trying to overcome fear, these two days will help you become safe and comfortable around horses. Classroom discussion will provide an introduction to how horses think and behave and practical sessions will teach you how to approach, halter, lead, groom and move safely around a horse. You will learn the basic concept behind the Dually™ halter and after watching Join-Up® demonstrations, will experience a guided round pen session to feel the power of inter-species communication.
April 6, 2019
April 7, 2019
August 17, 2019

August 18, 2019

Since these dates are newly added and may not be on the websites yet, its best to reach out to the Monty Roberts International Learning Center at +1 805-688-6288. For Monty’s calendar: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

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, 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 and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. 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.

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. Roberts has teamed with The Corporate Learning Institute to help transfer the key learning’s from his work to the workplace.

Photos available upon request

 

Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: HOLLYWOOD GLADIATOR

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Gladiator” is a 2009 buckskin gelding 15hh. This horse is very gentle, easygoing and kind natured. His diversity and acceptance of different situations gives one confidence and the opportunity to have a great ride. Can be ridden western or English.

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Watch Gladiator Join-Up with Monty:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: Sugar Daddy

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
 
“Sugardaddy” is a 2009 grey gelding 15.2hh. This horse is an intelligent partner with a generous and sweet nature. His smooth gaits make him a pleasure to ride. Can be ridden Western or English.

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Watch Sugardaddy perform Western dry work and over challenging obstacles:

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Watch Sugardaddy being ridden English, and being trained to pull a cart:

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Gentle and Elegant: Monty Roberts and Charlotte Bredahl

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

On March 16 and 17, 2013, two worlds of horsemanship will come together. Monty and Charlotte Bredahl will join forces and share how they stay true to their concepts of training championship horses. Learn how peak performance is achieved when discipline and cooperation come together. At this special workshop you’ll watch classic dressage and Western riding in harmony with the horse. Don’t miss it! Click here for more details: https://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CompleteDraftFlyerWhiteShadow.pdf

 

Horses and Ponies with Fire and Sizzle Can Stand Still

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Please can you help me? I have the most amazing pony for the show ring but I have a huge problem with her she will not stand in the lineup in the ring. When they are called in to the center she just will not stand and then will rear continuously and just gets so worried. Please can you help me? She is unbeaten when she stands but this is very rare. She also hates clapping it gets her so upset and makes the whole situation worse! I would love some of you advice.   
      
Monty’s Answer:  
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to once again address the issue that you describe in your question. It is a fact that a question similar to yours comes up globally about a hundred to 200 times per year. It is probably second only to “my horse or pony won’t load”. Your question is word-for-word virtually identical to the one asked of me by Simon Charlesworth who trains in the area of Newmarket in England.
 
Simon was training a pony of the highest caliber seen in the entire UK in the year 2012. Simon was forced to retire Pearly King from classes due to the very behavior that you have described in your question. When he stood and, for whatever reason, was relaxed and controllable on the day, he was an undefeated winner of ridden pony classes. I was asked to travel to Newmarket and deal with Pearly King for one day. 
 
As it turns out Simon Charlesworth is the best student anyone could hope for. He must have listened to every word I said, logged it in an organized brain and then put it to work in a flawless manner. Pearly King responded beautifully and was undefeated subsequent to the work we did. Pearly King qualified for the Horse of the Year Show, was the champion ridden pony and went on to be the “supreme champion ridden horse of the UK 2012”. 
 
So the question is “what the heck did we do?” Well, I can tell you that every student of my Equus Online University has been made fully aware of the principles I used with Pearly King. First and foremost were the lessons on the use of the Dually Halter. After that there were the principles of standing to mount. Then there was standing while mounted. I realize that it is not helpful to simply be exposed to these lessons — the challenge is learning how to execute them.
 
Simon Charlesworth not only listened but he must have worked very hard at implementing these lessons. Simon went on to use the recommended electronic sounds of applause and other frightening auditory experiences. He must have had them going for hours on end in Pearly King’s stable. When he entered competition Pearly King was able to stand with his tail toward the audience while they were cheering for him.
 
While their performance was fantastic, it left a lot of viewers with the idea that he was just a fantastic pony who expressed fire and sizzle when it was appropriate and then was quiet and relaxed when he needed to be. The fact is it wasn’t easy for him and out of the woodwork came pony owners asking the same question you asked here. It is not possible to describe each element in an answer such as this. You must learn them. 
 
In the autumn of 2012 a young girl brought a pony to Myerscough College near Preston. He was very much like Pearly King and the little girl had been called in to go for the championship at The Horse of the Year Show. The pony was a real challenge when asked to line up and was excused from the ring, banished from the competition. We were able to make a huge difference in this pony in the 30 minute session.
 
This particular demonstration is in the queue at the moment to be a lesson on my Equus Online University. Send in as many letters as you want requesting that that pony’s lesson be used as soon as possible. It was a great experience for me; a fantastic improvement in the life of the pony. But most of all I had a young lady and her mother with smiles on their faces like never before. Request it, and then watch for it. 
 
Submit your Uni lesson requests by writing to: AskMonty@montyroberts.com 
 
 
CORRECTION TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE FROM MONTY:
Dear Reader:
 
Whenever I am working with students, I tell them that it is not a bad thing when a horse makes a mistake. It’s just that we need to create consequences to demonstrate that it was a mistake. I further tell them that I make mistakes every day. I accept the consequences of those mistakes and I do my best to rectify them as soon as possible. I expressed to my students that the important thing is the negative consequences cause a mindset that keeps one from making the same mistake again.
 
Recently, I made a mistake. As a part of an answer to a Q & A question, I explained a recent event where Pearly King was named “The Supreme Champion ridden HORSE of the UK.” In that answer I referred to Pearly King as a pony. This was a grave error, as he is a “HORSE” and not a pony. This is one of the most positive stories of my career, and I am very upset with myself for falling into a trap, which I believe the readers will find understandable, to a degree, when the facts are known.
 
In the United States our racing industry is loaded with horses that are ridden as companions for the racehorses. These are generally geldings and of all sizes and breeds. Sometimes, one will find the ridden companion horse to even be an ex-racehorse. As soon as the appropriate tack is placed on them they are referred to as a “pony” or “pony horse.” Many of my students referred to their riding horse as a “pony” and consider this as a “term of endearment.”
 
Pearly King is a “horse” and in no way should I have referred to him as a “pony.” His sire, Kilvington Scoundrel, is one of the most famous sires of show horses in the UK. His owner, Joanna MacInnes has proven to be regarded as one of the premier breeders of all time in the UK. Kilvington Scoundrel has produced both champion pony’s and champion horses, which may have contributed to the mistake that I made. No excuses, Pearly King is a “HORSE” and one to be proud of.
 
Please, if you are a frequent reader of my Q & A’s, do not be hesitant to correct me when I am wrong. We Americans tend to get casual with the use of a borrowed language that we sometimes morph into something that practitioners of true English can’t even recognize. Please try to remember the important aspects of my answer which were that Kilvington Scoundrel produced a fantastic son that was judged “Supreme Champion Ridden HORSE of the Year in the UK.”
 
It is important to also note that Simon Charlesworth proved to be an incredible student and goes high on my list of horsemen that followed my recommendations and ushered them to a higher level than I can remember any student doing in recent history. Remember also that Pearly King is a very special ridden horse that deserves every accolade that is appropriate to the status that he has achieved. Thank you for continuing to read ASK MONTY and visit my website.