Equus MONTY’S METHOD

Devon Life - - Wildhorse Films -

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.

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