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Message From Monty Roberts

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Monty answers your questions

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 23.17 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

Nov 27.13 Harsh Equipment

Nov 20.13 Starting over with horses

Nov 13.13 The Joys of Working with Horses

Nov 6.13 Horses are hard work but worth it

Oct 30.13 Goal setting and mapping out the future

Oct 23.13 A career working with horses

Oct 16.13 A passion for horses

Oct 9.13 Does your horse try for you?

Oct 2.13 How to be the herd leader

Sep 25.13 Bolting away in fear

Sep 18.13 What is the biggest misunderstanding about horses?

Sep 11.13 Horses and War Veterans

Sep 4.13 What do children and horses have in common?

Aug 28.13 Crossing water

Aug 21.13 Desensitization and distractions

Aug 14.13 Balancing Act

Aug 7.13 PICNICs with horses

July 30.13 Who's the dummy rider?

July 24.13 How tough should you get with your horse?

July 17.13 How do horses show disrespect?

July 10.13 Behavior problem or pain?

July 3.13 Difficult to catch

June 26.13 Overcoming a traumatic event

June 19.13 How to take violence out of horse training

June 12.13 How sensitive is your horse?

June 5.13 What is a 'starting gate' issue?

May 29.13 How to discipline a horse that bites you

May 22.13 Finding the right horse for your discipline

May 15.13 How to bond with a new horse

May 8.13 Teaching a horse to lie down on cue

May 1.13 Building Up a Horse's Confidence

Apr 24.13 An Education in Horsemanship

Apr 17.13 A Question About Defecation and Nervousness [Part 3]

Apr 10.13 A Question About Defecation and Nervousness [Part 2]

Apr 3.13 A Question About Defecation and Nervousness [Part 1]

Mar 27.13 A Question from Fergus the Spooky Horse

Mar 20.13 Are You Too Old for Horses? [Part 2]

Mar 13.13 Are You Too Old for Horses? [Part 1]

Mar 6.13 Foal Handling

Feb 27.13 No Foot, No Horse

Feb 20.13 The Artificial Arm Prepares Horses for the Farrier

Feb 13.13 Twelve tips to prepare horses for the farrier

Feb 6.13 Horse aggressive and stressed at feeding time

Jan 29.13 Getting Over Fear and Anxiety in the Arena

Jan 22.13 Nuances in the language of Equus

Jan 16.13 Horses and Ponies that Won't Stand Still

Jan 9.13 Differences Between a Rope Halter and the Dually Halter

Jan 2.13 Establishing Clear Leadership as a Rider

Dec 26.12 Is Your Horse Is Afraid of the Clippers?

Dec 19.12 Overcoming Frightening Experiences

Dec 12.12 Clicker Training for Horses Part 3

Dec 5.12 Clicker Training for Horses Part 2

Nov 28.12 Clicker Training for Horses Part 1

Nov 21.12 Force-Free Dressage Part 2

Nov 14.12 Force-Free Dressage Part 1

Nov 7.12 Preventing Pulling Back in Horses

Oct 31.12 Why do we 'Cluck' to horses?

Oct 24.12 Early Experiences for Young Horses

Oct 16.12 What type of saddle is best?

Oct 10.12 Do horses learn form each other?

Oct 3.12 Transportation and Separation Anxiety a.k.a. Barn Sour

Sep 26.12 The Into-Pressure Element

Sep 19.12 Has This Horse Been Abused or Suffered Violence?

Sep 12.12 The meaning of a horse's ear position

Sep 5.12 Social dynamics in wild herds

Aug 29.12 What make a horse the herd leader?

Aug 22.12 Taking off the bridle

Aug 15.12 Horse with a Hard Mouth

Aug 8.12 Learning About Horses and Starting to Ride Again

Aug 1.12 Sand Colic in Horses Part II

Jul 25.12 Sand Colic in Horses Part I

July 18.12 Loading and Transporting Horses

July 11.12 The One Who Controls the Feet Controls the Relationship

July 4.12 Don't Catch Your Horse, Let Your Horse Catch You

June 27.12 The significance of The Queen's award

June 20.12 Why is it important to encourage violence-free training?

June 13.12 The future of horsemanship

June 6.12 What is the best way to introduce a horse to a train?

May 30.12 Horse Problems or People Problems?

May 23.12 Re-Training Abused Horses

May 16.12 Bees Are Attracted to Bright Colors

May 9.12 Establishing respectful boundaries your horse

May 2.12 The gift of communicating with horses as a horse whisperer

Apr 25.12 Re-training the ex-racehorse

Apr 18.12 Horses that are barging into you and biting

Apr 11.12 Inexperienced people with horses

Apr 4.12 What is 'catastrophic bonding'?

Mar 28.12 What about single line lunging with someone on the horse?

Mar 21.12 Gaining confidence about horses and horsemanship

Mar 14.12 Allowing my horse to groom me back when I rub or groom him

Mar 7.12 Riding with a bit or with a bitless bridle

Feb 29.12 When a horse refuses to move forward

Feb 22.12 Do horses ever lie?

Feb 15.12 The safest way to dismount

Feb 8.12 What attracted you to Shy Boy?

Feb 1.12 Pony throws himself down in the trailer when travelling

Jan 25.12 Is there such a thing as a coldback horse?

Jan 18.12 Riding position with the toes 'in'

Jan 11.12 Can I control my big, bossy horse with a Dually Halter?