Wednesday April 3, 2019


Dear Monty,

Hi, total long shot me asking but need some serious help before I’m really injured. My horse has started bolting. It started when I moved to a yard that has trains passing by, I moved yards hoping it would stop but it hasn’t! I have now fallen off three times in the last few weeks and he is now so dangerous. I've had back done, teeth, everything checked... please could you help me!

Kind regards,


Thank you for your question. It is a serious one. Please stop what you are doing. Do not mount this horse until you have sought assistance from a highly educated and recognized horse person. Horses get the blame for creating accidents when in fact it is the human who creates the accident. 

Horses are flight animals. They use their right to flee whenever they feel they are in an unsafe place. It is not right for me to answer this question without knowing all the facts involved. What I do know is that injuries to the human being are never the answer to any problem. Get help and advise me so that I can follow the effort to correct this problem. Stop putting yourself in dangerous positions with this horse.

April 29 to 30, 2019:  The Movement at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California
May 1 to 3, 2019: Equine Assisted Intro to Motivational Interviewing at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California
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
April 6, 2019: Horsemanship Day
April 7, 2019: Horsemanship Day
April 8 to 10, 2019: Join-Up Course
April 11 to 13, 2019: Long Lining Course
April 15 to 19, 2019: Introductory Exam
April 25 to 27, 2019: Join-Up Course

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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 

Dear Monty,
I value your opinions, which I look forward to reading every week on questions and answers. One of which works so well when you gave advice for someone who had a 'biting' horse. You suggested tapping them gently with your foot whenever they go to nip - it totally surprises them as normally you'd use your hand to shield or even reprimand. It really does work thank you.
My question to you is nothing to do with biting, but in your wisdom and affinity with studying horses, do you think that they get bored and unhappy if they are not ridden or worked very much even though they are well cared for? I have an ex-racehorse who is now 12 years old and I only have time to ride once or twice a week just hacking out. He is stabled at night and out in four acres during the day with a companion, but sometimes I just think he may need more stimulation with his breeding. I care about his happiness, which is the only thing that worries me sometimes. I am lucky to have my own stables and grazing at home, so therefore I am seeing him from my window all the time. Every time I step outside he looks to me and asks 'what are we doing now then mum'!

Christine from France


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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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