Wednesday January 2, 2019
Greetings!
Question 

Do you ride with a whip or use one on the ground? Do you call it a whip? Or a crop? Or something else? Do you think what you call it is important and if so why?  

Answer 

Since 1949 I have not ridden with a whip. I often use the Giddy-Up rope which is a collection of cotton yarn braided soft so that it can cause no pain. It is my opinion that striking the horse causing pain is ultimately counter productive in many ways. I have been able to achieve 11 worlds championships without the use of a whip.
My position has been clear for my entire adult life that causing pain to the flight animal is virtually never productive. Obviously treating an injury can be painful and surgery can produce pain. Whipping to improve performance is a fallacy.


Sincerely,
MONTY'S EQUUS ONLINE UNIVERSITY
THIS WEEK'S EPISODE
UPCOMING EVENTS   
USA
February 15 to 17, 2019: Horse Sense and Healing , Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California
USA
NORWAY
February 21 to 24, 2019: Monty Roberts at the Norwegian Horse Festival
GERMANY
March 14, 2019: Monty Roberts Demonstration at Equitana in Essen, Germany
USA
April 29 to 31, 2019: The Movement at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California (coming soon)
THE MONTY ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER
February 1 to 3, 2019: Introductory Course Module 1
February 8 to 10, 2019: Introductory Course Module 2
February 11 to 13, 2019: Long Lining Course
February 15 to 17, 2019: Horse Sense and Healing Workshop
February 19 to 21, 2019: Join-Up Course
February 22 to 24, 2019: Introductory Course Module 3
March 1 to 3, 2019: Prep for Introductory Exams Module 4
March 4 to 6, 2019: Join-Up Course
March 7 to 9, 2019: Long Lining Course
DVD: THE MOVEMENT 2018 SYMPOSIUM  
 7 hours of Demonstrations, Discoveries & Pathway
Save the date! Come and discover what horses have to teach us about lowering stress and building trust at The Movement 2019 to be held at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, April 29 and 30, 2019. Take a glance at last year’s trailer:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/152412

People can now request Monty’s help with their horses, for which Monty is happy to oblige, carrying on his life’s goal to create better lives for horses and people too. Better yet, Monty’s team put together the package of The Movement DVD + Online Video on Demand + 1 Hour of Coaching from Monty for $499
Individually, The Movement Online Video is available on Demand for $90  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/152412
Runtime: 429 Minutes
PRODUCT REVIEW: MONTY'S GIDDY-UP ROPE


"After I ordered it, the giddy-up rope arrived within two days. Super prompt delivery. The material is as advertised and is good craftsmanship. Everything that we ever received from the Monty Roberts shop is excellent quality."

Natalia M., Verified Buyer


MONTY'S CHALLENGE

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:  askmonty@montyroberts.com  
 
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 
  
NEXT WEEK'S QUESTION

The vast majority of horse people will use a whip or stick at some point, mounted or dismounted, where is the threshold for what you consider to be “cruel” use? Is there a hard line or a blurry line in your opinion for what is abuse?

Producer of the horsemanship YouTube show Heels Down and Bottoms Up, Michael Eric Lawrence Jr. is interviewed by horse trainer Monty Roberts. And Paul Righetti and Pat Roberts share some of the traditions of growing up in California while announcing that Paul is receiving the "Honored Vaquero” award from the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.