The Original Horse Whisperer

I’ve always liked animals, so I was intrigued by an article about horse trainer Monty Roberts.

Monty has discovered a way to communicate with horses, and uses it to train them gently and without violence.  When watching wild horses as a boy, he realized they were communicating silently with each other.  He was able to learn this language and develop a training method he calls Join-Up®, as in forming a connection between a person and a horse in which the two communicate in silence and as equals. He could be considered the original (and real) horse whisperer.

He has written a book, The Man Who Listens to Horses, (still in print at and has a website explaining his methods (

I wish I would’ve know about this 50 years ago.  My grandfather bought me a pony, which seemed like a good idea at the time because we lived on a farm.  But unbeknownst to us, it was being trained to race  and was far too high-spirited for me.  I rode it once, and then it has a very long life of leisure.  It’s a shame we didn’t have access to information like this at that time.


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