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Oct 20.21 Would your horse stay with you?

Oct 13.21 Can you catch a horse with honey?

Oct 6.21 Is horsemanship getting better?

Sep 29.21 What do you see as the biggest challenge to non-violent horsemanship?

Sep 22.21 What is your understading of compassion?

Sep 15.21 Are you a good communicator?

Sep 8.21 How do you connect with a horse?

Sep 1.21 Do you understand your horse?

Aug 25.21 What does the word "respect" mean to you?

Aug 18.21 What does the word "Responsibility" mean to you?

Aug 11.21 Are you listening to your horse?

Aug 4.21 What have you found challenging in your life?

July 28.21 What advice do you have for parents?

July 21.21 What advice do you have for someone just starting out?

July 14.21 What did Monty learn from raising 50 children?

July 7.21 How does your horse work affect human relationships?

June 30.21 Is it ever the horse's fault?

June 23.21 How do horses communicate?

June 16.21 What is your method of connecting with horses?

June 9.21 Should you need a license to be a horse owner?

June 2.21 Are you force free with horses all the time?

May 26.21 How is your relationship with your horse?

May 19.21 Does Join-Up® take longer than conventional methods?

May 12.21 Are your Join-Up® methods and competitive riding at odds?

May 5.21 Are top riders using force-free training methods?

April 28.21 Who inspires you?

April 21.21 Do you have a favorite horse?

April 14.21 Are some abused horses beyond hope?

April 7.21 What do you love most about working with horses?

Mar 31.21 What do you love most about working with horses?

Mar 24.21 Why does your horse follow you around?

March 17.21 What is the key to understanding horses?

Mar 10.21 How did you discover your skills?

March 3.21 Were you born with a special ability to relate to horses?

Feb 24.21 How do you overcome abuse?

Feb 17.21 Is your horse reactive?

Feb 10.21 Is your horse avoiding you?

Feb 3.21 Who in the western horse world has influenced you and your training?

Jan 27.21 What would you change in the world of Western riding?

Jan 20.21 Do you use traditional techniques and are they effective?

Jan 13.21 What do you know about how Western riding and equipment came to be?

Jan 6.21 How has Western riding changed?

Dec 30.20 What is the best way to calm down a nervous horse?

Dec 23.20 Are you a positive influence on your horse?

Dec 16.20 Are you causing the horse to buck?

Dec 9.20 How do you breathe so your horse will relax?

Dec 2.20 Do horses communicate with their eyes?

Nov 26.20 What can you communicate through breathing?

Nov 19.20 Can a trotter become a saddle horse?

Nov 11.20 How do I stop my pony from moving when I try to mount?

Nov 4.20 What about horse blankets?

Oct 28.20 Does your horse have brakes?

Oct 21.20 Does your horse enjoy being clipped?

Oct 14.20 How do I stop my horse without pulling on his mouth?

Oct 7.20 How do you earn a horse's trust?

Sept 30.20 Does your horse buck when picking up the canter?

Sep 23.20 How do your leg cues affect balance?

Sep 16.20 How do you stop inappropriate chewing?

Sep 9.20 How do you stop a horse from biting?

Sep 1.20 Is there a good way to compete in barrel racing?

Aug 26.20 How do you choose a comfortable horse?

Aug 19.20 How can you win over your horse's trust?

Aug. 12.20 What is the most subtle evidence of acceptance from a horse?

Aug. 5.20 What is the best age for Join-Up?

July 29.20 Is your horse chomping on the bit?

July 22.20 Have horses ever taken a hit on your confidence?

July 15.20 Does your horse ground tie?

July 8.20 How do you separate bonded horses?

July 1.20 Do horses ever forget past abuse?

June 24.20 How do you discipline a horse without force?

June 17.20 Does your horse bite you?

June 10.20 How do you build confidence in a horse?

June 3.20 Are you being fair to your horse?

May 27.20 How do you break the chain of violence?

May 20.20 Have you tried Monty's Dually halter and long lines?

May 13.20 How do you convey safety and build trust?

May 6.20 How do you ride a bucking horse?

April 29.20 Can I use Join-Up with a bull?

April 22.20 Where were you when I needed you?

April 15.20 How can I be a better student?

April 8.20 Are stallions more challenging for Join-Up?

April 1.20 How do you stop violence?

Mar 25.20 Have you seen PTSD in a horse before?

Mar 18.20 Are horses individuals?

Mar 11.20 Has The Queen's love for horses influenced you?

Mar 4.20 Is your horse explosive?

Feb 26.20 Can your horse jump confidently?

Feb 19.20 Why do horses kick out?

Feb 12.20 Do you train using treats?

Feb 5.20 Does your horse follow your lead?

Jan 29.20 When is a horse ready to carry The Queen?

Jan 22.20 How do you train horses for vulnerable riders?

Jan 15.20 Are you safe riding your horse?

Jan 8.20 When is a horse safe and ready to ride?

Jan 1.20 Why does my horse refuse a jump?

Dec 25.19 Do you think Join-Up is for dressage queens?

Dec 18.19 Does your horse refuse to take the bit?

Dec 11.19 How do you achieve a high performance with horses?

Dec 4.19 Can anyone learn the horses’ language?

Nov 27.19 Does your horse like his blanket?

Nov 20.19 Do you recommend martingales, draw reins, tie-downs or chambons?

Nov 13.19 What do you do with a horse that runs to the gate?

Nov 6.19 Do you still work with The Queen’s horses?

Oct 30.19 Do your methods make horses more successful?

Oct 23.19 How do horses help humans?

Oct 16.19 Are mustangs different from domestic horses?

Oct 9.19 What's changed in horse racing?

Oct 2.19 Have horse training methods improved?

Sep 25.19 Do you need Monty's help?

Sep 18.19 How can we learn to listen to horses?

Sep 11.19 How did you discover the horses’ language?

Sep 4.19 Do you communicate with your horse?

Aug 28.19 What is Join-Up®?

Aug 21.19 Do you start The Queen's horses every year?

Aug 14.19 What inspired you to dedicate your life to horses?

Aug 7.19 What inspired you to learn more about horses?

July 31.19 What was the biggest challenge in your work?

July 24.19 Can one person change the world?

July 17.19 Have you ever ridden a one-eyed horse?

July 10.19 What is the right age to wean a foal?

July 3.19 How do you develop a partnership?

June 26.19 Is your horse ear shy?

June 19.19 Can you hypnotize horses?

June 12.19 Will a horse protect its human?

June 5.19 Do horses show empathy?

May 29.19 Do you know a curious horse?

May 22.19 Do horses feel terror?

May 15.19 Is your horse watching you?

May 8.19 Are horses spiritual beings?

May 1.19 What is the best way to start training a racehorse?

April 24.19 Is your horse consistently listening to you?

Apr 17.19 Can you do Join-Up with a bomb proof horse?

Apr 10.19 Are you meeting your horse's needs?

Apr 3.19 Is your horse dangerous?

March 27.19 Do horses enjoy being ridden?

March 20.19 Who's using Monty's methods?

March 13.19 Will violence in horsemanship ever end?

March 6.19 Is it safe to ride in a herd?

Feb 27.19 Is your horse afraid of some sounds?

Feb 20.19 Why would your horse bite you?

Feb 13.19 Can you win without a whip?

Feb 6.19 Is that horse going to hurt you?

Jan 30.19 Are you bullying your horse?

Jan 23.19 Is your horse afraid of people?

Jan 16.19 Is your horse afraid of people?

Jan 9.19 Is it abusive to carry a crop?

Jan 2.19 Do you ride with a whip?

Dec 26.18 Do you want a career with horses?

Dec 19.18: Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Dec 12.18 Are you getting bad advice?

Dec 5.18 What advice does Monty give to riders?

Nov 28.18 What has most improved your horsemanship?

Nov 21.18 What's on your billboard, Monty?

Nov 14.18 Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

Nov 7.18 What books influenced you as a horseman?

Oct 31.18 Does your horse kick?

Oct 24.18 Do horses grieve?

Oct 17.18 Is non-violence important in horse training?

Oct 10.18 Are you using your body language correctly?

Oct 3.18 What advice do you have for others who would like to help horses?

Sep 29.18 What advice do you have for others who would like to help horses?

Sep 19.18 How can we use Join-Up with people and other species?

Sep 12.18 Is non-violence important in horse training?

Sept 5.18 What is the best way to deal with separation anxiety?

Aug 29.18 What are a horse's vulnerable areas?

Aug 22.18 Does your horse behave like a horse?

Aug 15.18 Does your horse run back to the barn?

Aug 8.18 Will Join-Up work with donkeys or mules?

Aug 1.18 Can Monty help my horse?

July 25.18 How do you send your horse away?

July 18.18 Is your horse afraid?

July 11.18 Why does your horse pin his ears in the stable?

July 4.18 What are you doing with your life and future?

June 27.18 What do you do if your horse bolts?

June 20.18 How do you prepare your horse for veterinary care?

June 13.18 Is it disrespectful for the horse to turn away from you in the round pen?

June 6.18 Why would a horse choose you as a friend?

May 30.18 Having trouble loading your horse?

May 23.18 Do you do Join-Up with mules?

May 16.18 Are you objective about your horse's behavior?

May 9.18 Does your horse enjoy his work?

May 2.18 What are the top six lessons you learned in life?

April 25.18 Does Join-Up help create trust with your horse?

April 18.18 Does your significant other love horses too?

April 11.18 Why do horses shake their heads while being ridden?

April 4.18 Is your horse good for the farrier?

March 28.18 Is it beneficial to ride bareback?

March 21.18 How do you cause a horse to respect you?

March 14.18 How do you keep horses entertained?

March 7.18 Are you a good student of your horse?

Feb 28.18 Can Join-Up help a racehorse?

Feb 21.18 Monty's tips on moving beyond scary experiences

Feb 14.18 Can you teach an old horse new tricks?

Feb 7.18 How do you fix a pull back horse?

Jan 31.18 How do you raise a foal?

Jan 24.18 Does your horse need company?

Jan 17.18 Does your horse enjoy being with you?

Jan 10.18 Why do some horses refuse to go forward?

Jan 3.18 How do you canter freely and fearlessly?

Dec. 27.17 Are you ready to partner up with your horse?

Dec. 20.17 Does your horse have good trail manners?

Dec 13.17 Can a horse love a human?

Dec 6.17 How are you influencing the children?

Nov 29.17 What are you feeding your horse?

Nov 22.17 What can we learn from horses?

Nov 15.17 What can you learn from a demonstration?

Nov 8.17 Are all horses similar in character?

Oct 31.17 Why are horses such good therapists?

Oct 25.17 Why should no one eat a horse?

Oct 18.17 Can horses open a path to spirituality?

Oct 11.17 How do you ride with a Dually Halter?

Oct 4.17 Where can you learn how to drive a horse?

Sep 27.17 How do you make horses get along together?

Sep 20.17 What can you do when you're afraid?

Sep 13.17 Does the moon influence the horse's learning?

Sep 6.17 Is your horse aggressive when you girth up?

Aug 30.17 Does your horse pull on you?

Aug 23.17 What kind of bit do you use?

Aug 16.17 Does it matter what words you use with your horse?

Aug 9.17 How do you care for your horse's feet?

Aug 2.17 How can I get my horse to go forward?

July 26.17 Why does my horse kick at feeding time?

July 19.17 What's left for you for the future?

July 12.17 How do you develop trust with a horse?

July 5.17 Do horses think?

June 28.17 Should you separate twin foals?

June 21.17 Are you preparing your horse for the trail?

June 14.17 Is your horse bossy?

June 7.17 How critical are the signs for Join-Up?

May 31.17 How do you stop your horse from biting you?

May 24.17 Would you choose to put a horse down for a remedial problem?

May 17.17 How do you control a racehorse?

May 10.17 Do you want to be a horse trainer?

May 3.17 Is human ignorance causing your horse's problems?

April 26.17 How do you make a bolting horse safe to ride?

April 19.17 How do you train a horse to yield to rein pressure?

April 12.17 How do you teach a horse to stand still?

April 5.17 What is natural horsemanship?

March 29.17 Why do horses respond to a sound cue for stopping?

March 22.17 Is your horse aggressive at feeding time?

March 15.17 Why does my horse bite?

March 8.17 Why doesn't my horse load up?

March 1.17 Are you riding a spooky horse?

Feb 22.17 Does your horse chew on reins or slobber straps?

Feb 15.17 How do you deal with an aggressive horse?

Feb 8.17 How can horses help people?

Feb 1.17 When is a horse dangerous?

Jan 25.17 Is it fear or stubborness?

Jan 18.17 Why is single-line lunging bad for your horse?

Jan 11.17 Why does your horse yawn after a training session?

Jan 4.17 Can you do Join-Up with a donkey?

Dec 28.16 Where can you get help for a nervous horse?

Dec 21.16 Why are some horses afraid of loading in the trailer?

Dec 14.16 Is your horse a pet?

Dec 7.16 Why do horses yawn?

Nov. 30.16 Is it aggression or lack of respect?

Nov. 23.16 Why does my mini horse avoid eye contact?

Nov. 16.16 Are you ready to stop using force?

Nov. 9.16 Why does my horse refuse to pick up one foot?

Nov. 2.16 Please share this Q&A with other horsemen wherever possible

Oct 26.16 Does your horse have good manners?

Oct 19.16 Do you do Join-Up with every horse?

Oct 12.16 Is your horse impossible to load?

Oct 5.16 Can horses do Join-Up with their tack on?

Sept 28.16 Why does my horse turn into me during longlining?

Sept 21.16 How do you form a partnership without force?

Sept 14.16 What's your opinion of knotted halters?

Sept 7.16 How do you gentle a wild horse?

August 31.16 What can I do to help my horse be more balanced?

August 24.16 Can you predict a horse's temperament from hair swirls and facial characteristics?

August 17.16 Can horses get tired of doing Join-Up?

August 10.16 Is there a universal horse language?

August 3.16 What is the most pronounced characteristic of a horse's personality?

July 27.16 Are you listening to your horse?

July 20.16 What is the vocabulary of Equus?

July 13.16 What is the future of horsemanship?

July 6.16 Has your training approach been tested scientifically?

June 29.16 Are your training methods gentle?

June 22.16 Is it possible to communicate with horses and other animals?

June 15.16 Is Monty the original horse whisperer?

June 8.16 Have you ever had a strange animal encounter?

June 1.16 Isn't it dangerous to work with horses at your age?

May 25.16 Are you still learning about horses?

May 18.16 Is there a difference between horses from different countries?

May 11.16 Are there more problem horses than ever before?

May 4.16 Is the language Equus changing?

April 27.16 How do you train a horse to jump?

April 20.16 What are horses trying to tell us?

April 13.16 How do stallions know if a foal is theirs?

April 7.16 What do riding and playing golf have in common?

March 30.16 How do you teach your horse to urinate on cue?

March 23.16 Where can I get help for my horse that rears?

March 16.16 What do you love about wild horses?

March 9.16 What one thing do you show people who are skeptical?

March 2.16 How do you train wild horses?

Feb. 24.16 Is it too late to learn how to interact with horses?

Feb. 17.16 What is Monty's legacy wish?

Feb. 10.16 Does your horse need to see the dentist?

Feb. 3.16 Are those who inflict suffering also suffering?

Jan 27.16 Have you learned everything there is to know about horses?

Jan 20.16 Is Natural Horsemanship an oxymoron?

Jan 13.16 How do you deal with people who criticize your training methods?

Jan. 6.16 How can we reduce violence for horses?

Dec. 30.15 Is there anything about horses that's a mystery to you?

Dec. 23.15 If you could turn back time, what one thing would you change?

Dec. 16.15 How do you deal with a tricky horse owner?

Dec. 9.15 What would you like to change in the world of horses?

Dec. 2.15 What advice would you give to your young self?

Nov 25.15 Do horses get bored?

Nov 18.15 How do you train a horse with a toothbrush?

Nov 11.15 Why have you chosen and developed your methods?

Nov 4.15 After Join-Up, does the horse always want to be with you?

Oct 28.15 Is your horse afraid to travel?

Oct 21.15 Can all horses be reached and helped?

Oct 14.15 How many times do we do Join-Up?

Oct 7.15 Are you being safe with your horse?

Sep 30.15 Is your horse acting like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde?

Sep 23.15 Are you afraid of horses?

Sep 16.15 Does your horse enjoy baths?

Sep 9.15 Is your horse afraid of people?

Sep 2.15 Your horse hates water?

Aug 26.15 How do I help my horse overcome her fears on the trail?

Aug 19.15 Why do horses respond by moving forward when they hear a cluck (or click)?

Aug 12.15 Do top riders and trainers use your methods?

Aug 5.15 Does it matter if my horse turns toward me or away from me?

July 31.15 What can you do if your horse is head shy?

July 22.15 What are your top three training tips? (Part 3)

July 15.15 What are your top three training tips? (Part 2)

July 8.15 What are your top three training tips? (Part 1)

July 1.15 What can you do about your girthy/cinchy horse?

June 24.15 How do I stop my horse from pulling the reins out of my hands?

June 17.15 Do horses suffer from separation anxiety?

June 10.15 Are we too old to ride?

June 3.15 Can you retrain a horse with a broken spirit?

May 27.15 Can an old horse learn new tricks?

May 20.15 Why do some horses nip?

May 13.15 Can you take too long when starting a horse?

May 6.15 How do you preserve a horse's sensitivity?

April 29.15 How do I get my horse to settle before the competition?

April 22.15 How do you stop a horse from pawing?

April 15.15 Can I leave the Dually Halter on to haul my horse in the trailer?

April 7.15 How do you stop a pull-back horse?

March 31.15 You say I can catch my horse with a smile?

March 25.15 Can I ride with a Dually Halter?

March 18.15 What should you do when your horse backs up?

March 11.15 Would your horse choose to be with you?

March 4.15 Why don't we all use bitless bridles?

Feb 25.15 What can you do to create a strong bond with your horse?

Feb 17.15 Is your horse chewing inappropriately?

Feb 11.15 Should I use a bit or a bitless bridle?

Feb 4.15 How do you stop a horse from pawing?

Jan 28.15 How do you achieve a light, responsive mouth?

Jan 21.15 Are you spoiling your horse?

Jan 14.15 How do you stop a horse from pulling back?

Jan 7.15 Do you use voice cues?

December 31.14 Can the memory of pain continue to affect a horse's behavior?

December 24.14 Are you afraid of riding your horse?

December 17.14 Have you ever met a troubled pony?

December 10.14 Is it good or bad to let a horse graze in hand?

December 3.14 Is it okay to let my horse rub its head on me?

November 26.14 How do I humanely separate my horse from the cow he lives with?

November 19.14 What do horses need to keep them warm when traveling?

November 11.14 How do you protect your horse from slipping in the winter?

November 5.14 What is the best way to transport horses in cold weather?

October 29.14 Why does my pony bite when being groomed?

October 22.14 Can you do Join-Up with a mini horse?

October 17.14 Why does my horse move in circles?

October 8.14 How can I relax my spooky horse?

October 1.14 Why does my horse turn his hind end towards me?

September 24.14 What kind of lessons can horses help people learn?

September 17.14 Does Natural Horsemanship mean being nice to your horse all the time?

September 10.14 How can you help humans through horses?

September 3.14 What do you think is the best thing about horses?

August 27.14 What were the best and worst experiences you've had with a horse?

August 20.14 How should you handle bad stable manners?

August 13.14 What can I do when my horse blasts through the barn door?

August 6.14 How can I ride begin to my horse that rears and bolts on the trail?

July 30.14 When is it time to retire your horse?

July 23.14 What is the best time of day to ride?

July 16.14 What is the best way to wean and halter train a foal?

July 9.14 What to do about an aggressive stallion?

July 2.14 How should I discipline my horse when he is spooky on the trail?

June 24.14 How do you attach plastic bags on a stick for spooky horses?

June 18.14 How do you learn Join-Up with horses?

June 11.14 Do donkeys do Join-Up?

June 4.14 Being consistent with your horse

May 28.14 Do you have to use violence to establish leadership with horses?

May 21.14 My horse won't stand still

May 14.14 Horses afraid of cows and other farm animals

May 7.14 Horses that refuse to take the bit

April 30.14 What's Monty's opinion about horse toys?

April 23.14 Is my horse angry or unhappy?

April 16.14 Moving forward without a whip or crop

April 9.14 Why do some horses bite their flanks?

April 2.14 Do horses need shampooing?

March 26.14 Step by step rituals help horses

March 19.14 Horses with lots of energy that love to run

March 12.14 Are there horse introverts and extroverts?

March 5.14 Is your horse happy?

Feb 26.14 What motivates a horse?

Feb 19.14 The biggest misundertanding about horses

Feb 12.14 Breathe so your horse will learn

Feb 5.14 Dealing with frightening obstacles

Jan 29.14 How to get over being afraid of horses

Jan 22.14 How to bond with your horse

Jan 15.14 Is it a behavioral or a medical issue?

Jan 8.14 Moving your horse to a new place

Jan 1.14 Raising young horses

Dec 25.13 Join-Up with young horses that are trusting

Dec 18.13 Learning breathing techniques

Dec 11.13 Standing still for veterinary procedures

Dec 4.13 How to establish good manners