Communicating with horses and people
without brutality or coercion is more effective,
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One of the clearest voices urging us to give up coercion and begin respecting people (and animals!) as individuals responsible for their own choices and their own learning, Marty Roberts shows how it's done. You can't teach anyone anything -- but you can invite them to learn with you, and set up conditions to help them do so.
If you whip a horse during a race, it slows down. You can't afford cruelty, even if all you care about is money. Without violence of any sort, Roberts can do more with a green horse in a half hour than a trainer using traditionally cruel methods can accomplish in a week. Of course, most people care about more than money, and would love to be able to replace coercive relationships with willing and joyful collaboration. Here's a very good start towards learning how.
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Using a method involving kindness and communication, Monty Roberts can start a horse to saddle, bridle and rider in an average of 30 minutes. He believes that the violence involved in the traditional method of horse breaking is "unnecessary and counterproductive." "I don't 'break' horses in 30 minutes, I 'start' them," he says. "I want the horse on my team."
-- The Man Who Listens to Horses, pp. 65, 66
-- The Man Who Listens to Horses, pp. 87, 88
-- The Man Who Listens to Horses, pp. 146, 147
-- The Man Who Listens to Horses, p. 158
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Join-Up with Monty Roberts and learn how he starts horses to saddle, bridle, and rider without any fear or pain. Gain access to his full range of custom designed tack and training videos, find out where to catch up with Monty on his Join-Up demonstration tour, learn more about plans for the International Learning Center.
Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks
Courses, demonstrations and clinics in UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
More Real "Horse Whisperer" Trainers
Frank Bell: Web Site
The Not-So-Real Movie, "The Horse Whisperer"
The Horse Whisperer - The novel, by Nicholas Evans, that the movie was based on.
Mixed Messages from the Movie - Very interesting warnings from John Lyons about misleading aspects of the film.
Web Sites about Horses
Monty Roberts Books
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The Man Who Listens to Horses, by Monty Roberts
Monty Roberts has worked with horses all his life. In this autobiography he tells about his childhood days as a rodeo rider and movie stand-in, his problems with his violent horse trainer father, his vision of a new way of working with horses, his struggle to be accepted by the horse training professionals, and the invitation from the Queen of England that let him deliver his message to a worldwide audience. Through it all, he tells how he gradually earned his deep understanding of "Equus," the nonverbal language of horses, and what he learned from the horses about communication and learning in humans.
An appendix gives instructions for starting horses with
the Join-Up® technique.
Shy Boy: The Horse Who Came in from the Wild, by Monty Roberts
The story of one wild mustang that Roberts befriended and domesticated using his nonviolent training technique for a special documentary. In the beautiful Cuyama Valley, in California, he tracked the young stallion Shy Boy for three days, gradually letting the horse get used to human contact, and then started him to saddle, bridle and rider, and brought him back to his ranch. He also tells stories about others who have used his methods. Dozens of glossy color photos of the Montey's ranch, the range, and Monty at work make the book a delight for the eye as well as for the mind and heart.
Related Books by Other Authors
A Kinship With All Life, by J. Allen Boone
True Unity: Willing Communication Between Horse and Human, by Tom Dorrance
Think Harmony With Horses, by Ray Hunt
Horse-Man-Ship, by Pat Parelli
Monty Roberts Videos
Monty Roberts: A Real Horse Whisperer In this popular documentary, which aired in the US on PBS and on QED in the UK, Monty sets out to Join-Up® with a wild mustang. Without fear, without force, and without fences or enclosures Monty performed Join-Up on the mustang while riding his saddle horse, and started him to saddle, bridle, and rider over the course of three days.
from Monty Roberts Educational Series
This series of videos describes in-depth how to actually use Monty's methods in working with horses -- how to humanely train unstarted horses using non-violent methods, how to work with horses that are afraid of being loaded onto trailers -- with more topics to come.
"... instead of using conventional procedures, Monty persuades an unbroken horse to accept a saddle, bridle and rider in approximately 30 minutes or less without pain or fear, something traditionalists view as impossible. The goal is to create a foundation of trust and instill an understanding of what behavior man desires from the young animal that will carry him throughout his life."
Join-Up® video jacket
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