Wednesday May 27, 2020

I know this will not be responded to or only the auto-response that you always send. That’s OK - I don’t need a response, but I hope Monty might see this or be told about it - though on the other hand, he’ll probably get lots of messages like mine. I hope so.
I’m a psychotherapist and have worked with trauma for 25 years - often due to family violence of one kind or another - and I’m filled with respect for you, Mr. Roberts. You allowed the Sister to influence you when you were young, and developed a way of knowing who to trust, especially Mrs. Roberts and the Queen. You have lived, I’m sure imperfectly because none of us is perfect, an exemplary life. I’m so grateful for your work with horses and humans, and feel quite sure that represents your attitude to all living creatures.
Your life is a blessing to all of us.

Dear Melissa:

Please do not ever harbor the notion that a message like this is less than music to my ears. If my life has been led as you have described, and I believe it has, then to be reminded of the wonderful work of people such as Sister Agnes Patricia and The Queen is a joy far more important than most people would ever realize. Please do not think that the decisions I made as a child have been entirely easy.

None of us can report that we live in a perfect world or that those around us respect and encourage us to live in the fashion that Sister Agnes Patricia wanted for me. Your experience will tell you that you yourself have disappointments within a close proximity that you only wish could see the light. Your message and your presence is critically important to me especially in April, 2020. I pray for your safety and your contentment.

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While listening to the Live Ask Monty, I had a question about training my gelding. (It is long.)

Some background on my horse: I got him when he had just turned 12 and he has just now turned 15 a week ago. He’s an AngloArab (TBxArab) that has some distant history as a dressage horse and more recently was a lady’s endurance horse. 

He lived mostly in a stall with small turnout. Now he lives out in a herd of 25 horses on 2x 60 acre pastures. When I purchased him he did flex positive for arthritis in his hocks. 
When I ride, I mostly ride out in the open fields and trails and he loves it. He will NOT pick up his right lead for canter ever, including the round pen. (He will when he’s running with his buddies in the pasture.) He also hates, truly hates, ridden work in any arena at home. (Away from home it’s different as he is usually too interested in the new surroundings). He is sluggish at the walk and trot. When asked to canter he balks, swishes his tail and throws up his head. If I get the canter, it’s for a few strides and he quits. I have recently purchased a Giddy Up rope but have not had the chance to use it in the arena yet. 

My question is this: how do I understand the line between potential pain response from him and a learned behavior of getting his own way? 

His previous owner was very indulgent when he didn’t want to do something. He’s extremely intelligent, brave and sensitive. I have learned more from this horse than any of my previous horses.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my question.

Chelsea Scriven and Blue 

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