Posts Tagged ‘horses’

 

CHA Equine Facility Management Certification in Central California

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

July 31, 2018 Solvang, CA: Monty Roberts and Flag Is Up Farms announce they are collaborating to hold a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Facility Management Certification Clinic February 15,16,17 in Solvang, California, centrally located.

 

CHA clinics are directed by nationally recognized CHA Clinic Instructors and the Clinic Instructors for this clinic will be Jill Montgomery, Region  9 Director, CEO JRAM Enterprises and Christy Landwehr, CEO of CHA. Participants have the opportunity to receive feedback from the other participants and the clinic instructors; and to improve their safety, herd and program management skills.

Participants will be evaluated on their level of expertise coming into the clinic. Enrollment in this clinic is limited to 10 participants who must have prior horsemanship experience and may allow some auditors to participate but will not receive certification. Early registration is necessary to reserve a place.

The Equine Facility Management (EFM) program is a 2.5 days certification clinic to evaluate participants on their skills and knowledge of equine facility management. Participants will demonstrate skills and take a written test at each of four levels of certification. Each participant starts at level 1 and may proceed to the next level upon successful completion of each level and may receive up to Level 4 Certification over the weekend clinic.

CHA’s goals are to promote safety, education and quality in group horse programs and develop qualified instructors for stables, schools and other locations where equine instruction is given. The clinic is designed to certify instructors and improve teaching techniques. Nearly 1,000 instructors are certified by CHA each year.

CHA publishes manuals and materials especially designed for students and instructors. Prior to clinic arrival, and after receipt of registration and deposit, participants receive all necessary manuals. It is important that participants come prepared as there will be little time to study during the clinic.

Cost of this clinic will be $750 which includes lunch, manuals and certification fees all while at the beautiful Flag Is Up Farms in the horse country of the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information or to enroll, please contact Jill Montgomery by email:  jill.montgomery@yahoo.com

The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies group riding instructors, recreational vaulting coaches, barn managers, college coaches, drivers and trail guides; accredits equestrian facilities; publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call toll free 1-800-399-0138.  To find a certified riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you visit www.CHAinstructors.com

 

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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.

 

World-Renowned Horseman and Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts will Demonstrate His Methods at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG)

Monday, July 30th, 2018

July 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Brooke USA, sister charity of Brooke, the official charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, has announced that renowned horseman Monty Roberts will be among their presenters at the games this September in North Carolina.

Monty Roberts, known as the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” is also an official Global Ambassador for Brooke. He has made it his lifelong mission to leave the world a better place for horses and people. Concurrently, for more than 80 years, Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, has been dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the families they support in the developing world. This aligned mission and Monty’s global impact on the welfare of equines was the impetus for Brooke USA to partner with Monty to present demonstrations of his work during the games.

Monty is perhaps best known for creating the revolutionary equine training technique called “Join-Up®.”  He has won countless awards and received immense worldwide press coverage, put three books on the New York Times best-seller list, helped start Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s race horses in England and been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.

The demonstrations will take place on September 19th and 20th.  In one, Monty will work with an American Mustang to demonstrate the “Horse Sense & Healing” program for veterans and first responders. Monty will demonstrate the power of horses to teach resiliency and trust by inviting a veteran with little – to no – horse experience, assisted by Monty and a horse to achieve “Join-Up.”

The second day Monty will demonstrate successful ways to work with a remedial issue in a horse.

The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.  Working primarily through Brooke, Brooke USA funds scientifically proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous equine welfare challenges.

To learn more about Brooke USA, please go to: www.BrookeUSA.org or contact Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org, or 859-296-0037. To learn more about Monty Roberts, please visit his website: www.montyroberts.com, phone 805-688–6288, or info@montyroberts.com.

People can see Monty work at these upcoming clinics too:

  • August 6–10, 2018 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California USA
  • August 20 to 24, 2018 In Portuguese, Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California

Updated details can be found here: 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.

Brooke USA: to learn more about Brooke USA, please go to: www.BrookeUSA.org or contact Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org, or 859-296-0037.

 

 

Monty Roberts Helps Horse Go From Refusing to Race to Refusing to Lose

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

June 30, 2018 Solvang, California: Perhaps not since 1991 when the chants of the German race fans were “Lomitas, Lomitas, Lomitas!” – Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old – has a German bred horse so captured the fascination of famed horse trainer, Monty Roberts. Pakistan Star’s story may be the next opportunity for Roberts to tell us how a talented five year old Thoroughbred, banned from racing, completely misunderstood, is able to go from refusing to race to refusing to lose.

Last year Roberts received a visit from Daniel Zigal who invited Roberts to be a guest speaker at the Carbine Club (racing club) in Hong Kong. Zigal is a prominent horse owner in the China and Hong Kong racing circles. Daniel reminded Monty that about 15 years ago, Monty spoke at the Carbine Club and had asked him to come back. It was decided that on December 10, 2017 Roberts would be in Hong Kong.

Roberts began his journey there in the last week of September 2017 to work with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s race horses that needed starting. Monty would go on to demonstrate in the UK and in Ireland. Then on the 10th of November he traveled on to Germany to work with horses at the famous stud farm, Gestüt Fährhof for the Jacobs family and also demonstrate at four weekend ticketed events in Germany.

Before Monty left for Asia, a message came through from Hong Kong, unrelated to the speaking engagement. Pakistan Star’s owner, Kerm Din, was calling for Monty’s counsel. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, president and CEO of Hong Kong Racing had observed Monty working with Lomitas in 1991 and strongly encouraged Mr. Din to seek Monty’s assistance with Pakistan Star.  In 1991 Walther Jacobs of Gestüt Fährhof had sought the help of the American horse trainer Monty Roberts and Jacob’s Lomitas went on to win Group I races on his way to being named 1991 Horse of the Year and the champion 3-year-old male.

In December 2017, once in Hong Kong Monty spent the morning at the stable, met the trainer who was an ex-champion jockey and heard from a race official that Pakistan Star worked fast in the breeze up and received a whipping when he stopped. The horse had begun to stop mid race in his fourth race and was suspended from racing after that. The trainer was disciplined. If Pakistan Star was to race again he would need to go through tests to be reinstated. This is never easy.

“I watched the videos and saw a jockey using a whip on Pakistan Star that I would consider inappropriate. I am thinking, I have no idea what I am going to do with this horse! I have to do something. I am there for a couple of days and didn’t even have physical contact with him. I hadn’t seen this particular issue. Stopping mid-race and standing on the track taking a beating? Never.” Roberts remembered worrying he wouldn’t have the time to work out Pakistan Star’s issues.

Roberts asked the team to describe Pakistan Star’s normal morning routine. The first thing he noted was that they trained him going away from the direction of the stables, stopped him and then came right back to the stable area. Roberts determined these negative tendencies, whereby he stopped running, were manufactured and not remedial. The result was that Pakistan Star literally refused to run past the middle of the races.

Roberts met with Kim Kelly, Chief Racing Steward of the Hong Kong track, and asked about allowing Pakistan Star to finish his morning work by going all the way around the track before heading back to the stable, rather than his routine of not completing the full trip around the track. Monty wanted the re-set Pakistan Star’s mind to complete the oval and finish his work heading toward his home, hoping his natural instinct to go home would motivate him.

Trainer Tony Cruz brought Pakistan Star back to the Sha Tin Race Track in February but he was not yet in form. He needed January and February to get back in to shape for the tests he needed to pass to allow him to race again without the antics he was becoming legend for which was stopping mid race.

It was determined that he would be given another chance. William Buick rode Pakistan Star to a three-length win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) on April 29. Then Pakistan Star doubled his Group 1 record with complete ease on May 27 with Tommy Berry riding him to a comfortable victory in the Standard Chartered Champions & Charter Cup (2400m) at the Sha Tin Racecourse. For Pakistan Star, it was his second Group 1 win in as many starts.

To date, Pakistan Star is the highest earning German bred Thoroughbred in history, globally and also the highest earning horse that Monty Roberts has ever worked with. Pakistan Star has won $4.5 million US dollars.

Monty Roberts added, “Notably, this 5 year old gelding has had more stall tests than races. I am delighted he has won more money than any horse I have ever worked with. Silvano was second most winnings $2.2 million USD back in early 2000s.”

 

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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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

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

(949) 632-1856

debbie@montyroberts.com

 

Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: NU HOLLYWOOD ZANE

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Zane” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This easygoing horse is mentally and physically able to be the right partner for someone to have fun with for a long time. He has accepted all of the challenges presented in his training program with the right mindset. He will make someone a wonderful Willing Partner.

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Watch Zane’s first Join-Up and first saddle with Monty:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: KING ZEBRA MAGIC

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“Zebra” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This is a good example of a horse who is willing to learn, fun to ride and has a great disposition. His ability to be confident in his job offers a great future for him. His unique markings make him an attractive gelding that will always catch people’s eye.

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Watch Zebra work on the flat in both Western as well as English tack:

Zebra at the beach at Hollister Ranch!

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: DOX STARLIGHT

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
This athletic Willing Partner has been trained for reining and working cow horse events in addition to the compulsory training all Willing Partners receive. Dox was bred, raised and trained by Monty and Pat and team. In fact, he is a great grandson of Monty’s beloved horse, Johnny Tivio. Pat has always enjoyed running the breeding program, choosing the correct stallion to cross on her broodmares in order to produce the best and brightest young horses possible. Since the 1960′s, she has managed to produce champions in both performance as well as in halter competitions. There are currently three Willing Partners who have come from Pat’s program: Dox Starlight, Nic’s Mojo and CU Sudden. Dox is a 2006 bright chestnut gelding 15hh.

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Watch Dox ridden under saddle in both Western and English tack:

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Monty Roberts Willing Partners™: KING COYOTE QUIXOTE

Friday, October 11th, 2013
 
“King” is a 2010 grullo gelding 14.3hh. This nicely put together, eye-catching grullo is very attentive, intelligent and keen to learn. With his athletic ability, he will have the opportunity to excel in many areas whether it is western or English or just out on the trail.

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 Watch King under saddle in both English and Western tack:

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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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How sensitive is your horse?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Question:
My horse is very sensitive in the flank and the stifle area. When I am grooming her, she seems to get very angry. She puts her ears back and even acts as though she would kick me. When I brush or touch her in the area of the flank or the stifle, she moves her hips toward me and not away. If I push harder, she pushes much harder against me. She has pinned me up against the wall several times and it’s very frightening. What should I do, Mr. Roberts? My instructor says that I should not go into her stall without a whip. I don’t want to whip her, but I don’t want her to hurt me either. There must be a solution to this problem. Can you help me? Sincerely, “Extremely Frightened!”
  
Monty’s Answer:    
Thank you for your inquiry. This is actually a subject near and dear to my heart. This is the pattern of behavior that causes so much trouble with horses in the starting stalls in racing. There are rails inside the stalls which jut out toward the horse. They are there to protect the feet of the jockey but in my opinion, they cause more trouble than they save. The horse that is sensitive in the flanks and stifles will go ‘into pressure’ particularly if its applied to that area of their body. I have maintained for most of my adult life that horses are ‘into pressure’ animals. It is the same phenomenon as we see in the human baby as they bring in new teeth. 
 
The gums are irritated and the child gets comfort from pressing hard on them typically from a teething ring. The horse has survived, in part, because they have learned to go into the sharp pain of a dog biting in the region of the flank. If the horse should run away the dog would simply rip the flesh allowing the intestines to exit the body and the dog makes a successful kill. Survival of the fittest has caused horses to behave with an ‘into pressure’ pattern of dealing with sharp pain. One must use soft grooming brushes on this type of horse and be very careful about staying out of the kick zone. It is essential that we treat this area carefully.
 
You have probably trained your horse to move off pressure without even knowing it. While riding, you will put a leg against your horses side and when the horse moves off the leg, you remove the pressure. You have probably done this on both sides of your horse. Most likely, when your horse was ridden only a few times, there was a tendency to move into the rider’s leg and not away from it. Eventually however your horse learned it was better to move away from the leg. At this present time I have some experiments going on which may prove to be a help with the very problem that you have described. It is to see if we can teach the horse to move off pressure in the area of the flanks. 
 
In order to alter this behavior, I have asked that a soccer ball be attached to the end of a strong bamboo pole. I have asked that the pole be about 6 feet long (2 meters). The ball is actually taped onto the end of the stick, covered with sponge and more tape applied… any way to cause the bamboo stick to be safe when pushed against the horses flanks. I direct the handler to press the ball into the area of the flanks, and stay with it if the horse pushes back. After a few minutes of work, most horses will step away experimenting with how to get the pressure off the ball in the flank. With the slightest step away the handler will remove the ball immediately, releasing all pressure.
 
The reason for the large ball is so that the horse feels no sharp pain. After removing the ball the handler should proceed to the other side and repeat the process. When one can achieve behavior that is immediately off pressure instead of into pressure, you’re well on your way to a successful alteration of deeply imbedded behavioral patterns. Having accomplished this you will be safer to groom, open gates more easily and even have better flying lead changes than you could achieve prior to training your horse to move off pressure even when it’s in the flank area. It is still early in this experimentation, but I think I am the first person to set up this kind of trial. 

After making sure that your horse has no physical ailments, the next step is to desensitize that area. As a point of interest, people who imprint their foals and have aspirations to train them to be performance horses, do not desensitize this area. They leave this area naturally sensitive so that cues can be given by the rider.