Wednesday March 13, 2019

Greetings!
Question 

Do you believe that, one day, there will be no harsh or violent horsemanship anymore?

Answer 

It is difficult to imagine that every violent human being will be changed at some point in the future. The violence we see by one human toward another human is overwhelming, and it’s 2019. I do believe that if there is a chance to eliminate violence, it will probably come first to man-and-animal relationships and later to human-to-human relationships. Whatever the outcome, I guarantee you I will not be around to celebrate that wonderful day. It is simply my hope that I can leave the next generation one step closer to violence-free training.

Sincerely,
MONTY'S EQUUS ONLINE UNIVERSITY
THIS WEEK'S EPISODE
In this online video series, Monty and certified instructor Michael Lupiano work with a horse learning to pick up his feet for the first time . Not a student yet? Click on the buttons below to Join-Up with thousands of horse lovers learning Monty's force-free, fun methods.
UPCOMING EVENTS   
GERMANY
March 14, 2019: Monty Roberts Demonstration at  Equitana in Essen, Germany
USA
April 29 to 30, 2019:  The Movement at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California
USA
May 1 to 3, 2019: Equine Assisted Intro to Motivational Interviewing at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California
USA
May 25, 2019:  Night of Inspiration  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
USA
July 22 to 26, 2019:  Monty's Special Training Brazil  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
USA
July 29 to August 2, 2019:  Monty's Special Training  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
USA
August 5 to 16, 2019:  Gentling Wild Horses  at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang,California
THE MONTY ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER
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

THE MOVEMENT 2019: April 29 to 30
"The two days I spent at Flag Is Up Farms last month for The Movement affected me profoundly. I figured it would be relaxing and entertaining. It was those things, for sure, but it was so much more. I was motivated, educated, moved, inspired… and completely entranced by the beauty and grace of the farm. I was humbled by the number of fascinating people there who are accomplishing meaningful things and, needless to say, I was - and am - completely in awe of Monty and Pat Roberts.
Monty’s message - his vision -  is simple, pure, and right. Count me as one who will be back, and who will bring others.  Who knows - maybe I’ll even adopt a horse!
This movement is one I can get behind.  Thank you so much for putting this together."

Luana Jackman Waimey
The Movement Participant

Editor's note:
Apologies for the late launch of the website. We have extended the EARLY BIRD pricing to Monday March 18. Sign up now for $155 instead of $195!
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

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

FOR OUR VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS 

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
To find out about Monty's upcoming Horse Sense and Healing workshops and for more information, go to:  http://www.join-up.org/horse-sense-and-healing/  
REDUCING VIOLENCE THROUGH WORKSHOPS
WITH HORSES GLOBALLY
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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Paul Smith
 
Buellton Youth Recreation Coordinator

FIND A MONTY ROBERTS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR 
 
Find a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor  near you. All courses offered by certified instructors give students effective tools to communicate using the horse's own natural language, forming a partnership based on trust and communication rather than dominance. Visit the certified instructor web page here:  http://www.montyroberts.com/certified-instructors-page/