Equus MONTY’S METHOD
She has just returned from Utah filming with wild horse trainer, West Taylor, and California where she’s been filming wild mustangs with
‘This man knows everything there is about horses and once you get him rolling on camera, he just doesn’t stop! It’s like gold dust’
“Monty’s method was very much taken on by the Brits; we love it. In fact, Her Majesty the Queen started using him years ago and he still backs a horse for the royal household once a year. There’s a whole hallway in his home dedicated to the Queen and he talks about her very fondly.”
Fittingly, when Philippa went to pick up her hire car for the shoot, she discovered she had been allocated a Mustang convertible! No doubt, she’ll be travelling in a striped Jeep for the next episode in her series - she heads to Kenya later this year to film zebra and find out what makes the ultimate safari horse. As a boy, tracking wild mustangs in Nevada, Monty Roberts observed a silent language between the horses that he would later call “Equus.”
Convinced there must be a kinder alternative to traditional methods of horse breaking, Monty focused on creating a willing partnership between human and horse, incorporating this non-verbal communication.
His approach, which he calls JoinUp®, is about understanding what motivates horse behavior. Join-up methods persuade unbroken horses to accept a bridle, saddle and rider without the use of pain or force.