Wednesday March 20, 2019


Monty, don’t you think your methods are being used by people who are too inexperienced?


Yes, you are right. Inexperienced people are going to use these methods. They are going to work with horses, and any method they use is a problem. What is the solution to the problems encountered by inexperienced people? Education. And I am here to tell you that you have a lot of opportunities to learn. 

With courses, with books, with DVDs, with my Equus Online University lessons, there are opportunities all over the place for an education that will support hands-on experience. Inexperienced people simply need to get experience and education in order to improve their horsemanship skills. 

Experience is part of the learning process. Don’t you think that too many children in the first grade are inexperienced? Yes, and they are looking for an education. It’s the same thing in the horse industry.

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
April 29 to 30, 2019, Monday and Tuesday,

"Hi to all the people who made the movement possible! It was a pleasure to be part of that wonderful event. My favorite of course is Monty's work, again and again. But it was inspiring to listen to Dr. Miller, whose book I ordered immediately and Kris Robins who was a pleasure to listen to. To talk about her work and mine and to see all these parallels. She found words for that: horses look past the injury, they see the person not the injury. And Eduardo Moreira is a fantastic story teller, it was fun to listen to him and he is also a brilliant example of resilience. I hope that The Movement goes on and look forward to be there again!"

Best regards from Munich,
Doris Semmelmann


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 year 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
Jane Pike travels between the USA and New Zealand as a Certified Mental Skills Coach and a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. She has coached Robyn and Warwick Schiller for the Team Australia Reining Team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games amongst other talented horsemen and women. Jane hails from Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. Warwick Schiller moved from Australia to the USA to pursue his dream of training horses, focused on reining, eventually becoming an NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Reserve World Champion and also representing Australia at the 2010 & 2018 World Equestrian Games.