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Research and Training Highlight – Monty Roberts

“A good horse trainer can make a horse do what he wants him to do. A great trainer can cause a horse to want to do it.” - Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts has been long known for advocating the “join-up®” method of training, mimicking the herd behavior of horses to introduce and acclimate horses to working with their humans – especially early in training.  Our head scientist Dr. David Marlin took part in a research study published in 2012 to test clinically the stress indicators of horses undergoing training using the Monty Roberts method versus traditional training methods.  This study showed lower heart rate among Monty Roberts method horses during early training events (like first time saddling and first time with a rider), and during the training demonstrations at the end of the program, Monty Roberts method horses received higher scores for both flatwork and obstacle tests than horses under traditional training programs. 

Now, a unique opportunity to schedule personal coaching from Monty Roberts for you and your horse is available.  Monty is booking 30 minute and 60 minute coaching sessions via an online chat, with a horse or without, or a phone call.  If people would like to consult with the legendary Monty Roberts, or would like to know more about how he can help, call at 805-688-6288 or write to set up an appointment with Monty. Videos are not required but a 3-5 minute video can be uploaded, photos sent, or just submit questions ahead of time.

Possible subjects to cover:
GROUND WORK, foundational, advanced and remedial

  • Why is your horse misbehaving
  • Forming a better partnership with a horse
  • A well behaved horse is loved forever 

RIDDEN WORK, foundational, advanced, discipline specific and problem solving

  • Help for your spooky horse
  • Build your confidence with guidance
  • Perfect practice makes perfect 

Monty Roberts 

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.  Horse & Hound Magazine named Monty Roberts as one of the all-time 50 greatest horsemen. He believes in non-violent, gentle training methods. Monty won eleven world's championships in the show ring and trained champions the world over. 

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 Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military in 2010 highlighting the therapeutic effect horses and Monty Roberts' Join-Up® have on PTSD. Soon after Monty and his team developed the Horse Sense & Healing program for veterans and first responders. Lead-Up International was officially launched worldwide at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in Solvang, California, in February 2017. The purpose of Lead-Up International is to reduce violence in the community by creating peaceful leaders from vulnerable youth utilizing equine-assisted therapy and non-verbal communication, building trust-based relationships.

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