Wednesday May 8, 2019


According to author James Harrod (2011), a definition of trans-species spirituality is marked by five behaviors in animals: reverence, careful observation, the experience of dread or terror, the experience of wonder or curiosity, and communion in empathetic intimacy. In a quest to understand if horses possess spirituality, we ask the following question: What examples of reverence have you experienced or witnessed in your horses, if any?


Throughout my more than eight decades of working with horses, I have concluded that while I believe in a Creator I do not believe that horses have the capacity to stop and think how the Creator might view any given situation. I do not believe that horses have the capacity of perceiving circumstances outside of their sphere. It is my belief that horses are reactive to the circumstances within their sphere.

May 25, 2019:  Night of Inspiration  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
July 22 to 26, 2019:  Monty's Special Training Brazil  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
July 29 to August 2, 2019:  Monty's Special Training  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
August 5 to 16, 2019:  Gentling Wild Horses  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
May 9 to 11, 2019:  Monty's Long Lining Course
May 17 to 19, 2019:  Horse Sense and Healing
May 20 to 31, 2019:  Advanced Certification Exam
May 24 to 26, 2019:  Introductory Course: First Steps to Monty's Methods
May 31 to June 2, 2019:  Introductory Course: Join-Up


Thank you. While I'm rarely accused of being at a loss for words, I’m having trouble finding the right ones to adequately describe how much I appreciated “The Movement.” So, if “a picture is worth a thousand words” I’m attaching a photo that sums up the experience for me. When my friend and I left on Tuesday evening we realized our car was the last one parked in the field. Apparently, we were among the last to leave…and believe me…we still didn’t want to go!

Thank you for creating such an informative, inspiring and welcoming event! The speakers were great and it was such a privilege to watch Monty in action in the round pen and gentling pen. Since I previously attended a training that was facilitated by Denise Heinlein, it was also a treat to see her there, so that I could let her know just how much her instruction and the training concepts have helped me. And, much like my last visit, I was very touched by the warm, authentic and healing energy of the farm. For me...and I’m guessing for many’s just so special to "be" there and I am so grateful that your family opens it up to others.  

The long ride back to Arizona gave me time to reflect on how much I appreciated this experience and the powerful work that is being done for both horses and humans. I look forward to supporting Join-Up International and hopefully to returning to The Movement next year.  Lastly, if you ever have a need for volunteers, I would love to volunteer at a Horse Sense and Healing session, or in some other capacity.  Please let me know if the need arises.

Thank you!

Christine Badoux
Equine Experiential Coaching
Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary 

Test yourself each week as I challenge you to answer the question below. I mean this. Sit down and write an answer. Don't wait for my answer next week. If you have been reading my Weekly Questions and Answers for the last six months, you should be in a position to do this. Send your answer to my team at:  
Why should you bother? Because it will help you focus. There is probably a comparable question in your life that needs answering... or will be. If you can gain insight into how to go about answering a practical question that is loosely related to your problem, this exercise will help you answer your nagging question. Then read my answer. I want all of my students to learn to be better trainers than me.That's good for you and good for horses! 
~ Monty 

What examples of careful observation have you experienced or witnessed in your horses, if any?


Monty Roberts is running free, resilience-building workshops for veterans, police, fire, first responders and their families. Horse Sense and Healing is a three-day program and it involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and even Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).  READ MORE
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Dear Team at Flag is Up Farms,
As the Youth Recreation Coordinator for the City of Buellton I wanted to express my gratitude for the first class treatment and instruction the youth received while attending the Join-Up experience. Every student that was there was chosen for different struggles that each are facing currently. One thing that is consistent with every student who attended the program is that their main issues stem from the lack of trust or fear of rejection. 
The staff for the program was so professional and loving that every student left each day so excited to come back. After leaving Flag is Up Farms each session, the ride back to the Rec Center got louder and louder because of the great experiences they were having. You can check with Jerry on that one as he witnessed it on the bus after the last session.
This was an amazing experience and we as a Recreation Department and City of Buellton are so blessed to have this treasure in our backyard.  One of the moms who picked up their child the last evening said, “ This is the best week we have had as a family since I can remember, and I feel like there is a glimmer of hope for my son again.” 
Thank you again for all that you do. Keep up the good work and I hope we will be able to join you again in the future.
Paul Smith
Buellton Youth Recreation Coordinator

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