WRANGLING ON THE RANGE #139
THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES - MONTY ROBERTS
A GREAT BOOK - EVERY HORSEPERSON SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK - MY BOOK
IS PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPE CANADA - Keith Hunt
THE GREAT AND WISE MONTY ROBERTS - THE HORSE TRAINER
ON THE COVER:
"It all dates from those summers alone in the high desert, me
lying on my belly and watching wild horses with my binoculars for
hours at a time.... I knew instinctively; that I had chanced on
something; I was a boy of thirteen learning the language of
- Monty Roberts
So begins the spellbinding memoir of an extraordinary man whose
gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication
possible between humans and animals.
Monty Roberts listens to horses and they listen to him. He can
take a wild horse that has never been ridden, and persuade it to
accept bridle, saddle and rider within thirty minutes. He has
been called the real-life horse whisperer - but his amazing
"horse sense" is based on a lifetime of studying horses, training
them, learning what he calls "the language of Equus." What he
learned as a boy in the deserts of Nevada about wild mustangs and
their methods of communication changed his life forever and is
now, finally, being recognized throughout the world. A
distinguished American horse veterinarian called his work "the
greatest communication between man and animal I have ever seen."
Elizabeth 11, Queen of England, after inviting him to England to
study his methods, is now helping to bring them to the attention
of owners and trainers internationally.
Amusing, poignant, riveting, "The Man Who Listens to Horses"
chronicles Monty Roberts' life with horses. The events in his
life are fascinating in themselves - his boyhood rejection of
violent horse-breaking, and the awful price he paid at the hands
of his trainer father for flouting convention and the practices
of centuries; his work as a riding prodigy on Hollywood film
sets, and later his close friendship with James Dean; his
adventures as a world champion rodeo rider and trainer of elite
Thoroughbreds; his development of his breakthrough methods, and
his work with other "flight" animals, such as deer.
Monty Roberts makes it clear that anyone can learn his training
methods and the language of horses. Traumatized horses respond
magnificently to the Roberts approach. And from his
groundbreaking work with horses he has acquired an unprecedented
understanding of nonverbal communication that applies to human
relationships as well. Now corporate executives and business
leaders are making their way to Monty Roberts to find out what
this inspiring, gentle man known internationally for his horse
skills has to teach us about understanding and communication
between each other.
Monty Roberts was born in California in 1935. He lives and works
on his horse farm, "Flag Is Up Farms," in Solvang, California,
with his wife, Pat.
Lawrence Scanlan is the author of "Riding Hig" co-authored with
Ian Millar, and Big Ben. He lives near Kingston, Ontario.
"I felt in my bones that I'd discovered something new that would
significantly change the way humans relate to horses." - Monty
"My favourite book of the year.... For anyone who cares about
animals - not just horses either - and would like to get on with
them better, it is required reading." - The Daily Telegraph
"The Man Who Listens to Horses" has inspired me to the depths of
my soul. Observing Monty Roberts' philosophy and methods of
working with horses and people has been one of the most
profoundly deep, awe-inspiring and heartopening experiences I've
ever had. I highly recommend this book to everyone."
- Jack Canfield, co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul"
"Unlike the hero of Nicholas Evans' novel "The Horse Whisperer,"
Monty Roberts is the real thing." - Tatler
"A riveting read.... [It] could change your life." - Horse &
"Watching Monty Roberts at work was to witness the greatest
communication between man and animal I have ever seen.... He is a
- Dr. William O. Reed, past-president, American Association of
"I've been around horses all my life but until Monty Roberts
revealed it I had no concept that horses had their own
language.... Twenty years from now everyone will be using Monty
Roberts' methods. We've got to. It's the right thing."
- Joe Taylor, Taylor Made Farms, Lexington, Kentucky
OH YOU BET - EVERY HORSE PERSON MUST READ THIS BOOK -
SHOULD BE A PART OF YOUR HORSE LIBRARY BOOKS.
To be continued with more horse articles