The Man Who Listens to Horses

The Man Who Listens to Horses Monty Roberts is a real life horse whisperer an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal He can take a wild high strung horse

  • Title: The Man Who Listens to Horses
  • Author: Monty Roberts Lucy Grealy Lawrence Scanlan
  • ISBN: 9780345427052
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Monty Roberts is a real life horse whisperer an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal He can take a wild, high strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in 30 minutes His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing horse senseMonty Roberts is a real life horse whisperer an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal He can take a wild, high strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in 30 minutes His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing horse sense is based on a lifetime of experience Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of 13 he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild What he learned there changed his life forever In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his violent horse trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty s unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse training community, and the invitation that changed his life to demonstrate his method of join up to the Queen of England From his groundbreaking work with horses, Roberts has acquired an unprecedented understanding of nonverbal communication, an understanding that applies to human relationships as well He has shown that between parent and child, employee and employer he s worked with over 250 corporations, including General Motors, IBM, Disney, and Merrill Lynch , and abuser and abused, there are forms of communication far stronger than the spoken word and that they are accessible to all who will learn to listen.

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      He wrote that by personally observing horses in the wild, he learned to listen to their non verbal language that when horses understood that they can trust you, they will decide to be with you Roberts registered as his term for hooking on , the phrase Join Up , in which a trainer negotiates with an untamed horse to form a voluntary relationship with him

    306 thoughts on “The Man Who Listens to Horses

    • As a horse owner, I have a HUGE problem with so-called "gurus". I've seen to many people who follow one guru this week, the next one next week, all without any regard for what their horse needs and certainly without ever questioning the "guru's" methods.Roberts is not really one of those people I'd call a "guru". Sure, he sells, but then, everyone's gotta make a living. But in everything I read from him and about him, I had the feeling that he cares first of all about the horses - unlike "gurus" [...]


    • I grew up eating, breathing and thinking horses--and, to my great shame, abusing horses. For all my obsession with the critters I couldn't take the xtra step and Understand them---when I did comprehend what I had done, it hurt to know that I had been so cruel to one of God's greatest living beings. Monty Robert's writings helped me to 'see the light'-I am proud to know that he lives on this Earth, making his way thru ignorant humanity, fighting that ignorance with every step, every word, every b [...]


    • This is one of those life-changing books. It's really about 4.8-9 in how I'd rate it for readability, but the star system doesn't allow for that.The work of a man clearly of fierce intelligence but minimal formal education, the prose is rough and honest as a cowboy's hands and tells the tale of an extraordinary life and the rediscovery of something as world-changing as the internal combustion engine: the ability to believe things other than humans have something worthwile to say, and to hear it. [...]


    • This book was the catalyst for change in the way in which i rode, handled and understood horses and for that i have to give thanks to Monty Roberts who introduced me into the world of effective communication, natural horsemanship and the proper understanding of these magnificent animals. I was gripped from page 1 to page 374 hence being unable to put this book down even for a few minutes i finished reading it in under a week, and being that i am naturally a very slow reader this occourance was t [...]


    • I read this book in a week, in the midst of reading another book and a very hectic work and holiday schedule. If I had no other obligations, I would have read it in one sitting. Monty Roberts is a gifted story-teller who can not only decipher horses' body language, but then communicate it in a captivating and clear way to others. Roberts regales with vignettes of his relationships with memorable horses like the mustang herds he spent two summers with, his childhood show horses Brownie and Ginger [...]



    • I found this book by accident because I was looking in the wrong section of the library for another book for someone else. I'm so glad I did. Not only was it an engaging account of an extraordinary life, it was a clear, simple articulation of a method for creating connection and trust with a horse. I've recently taken a course on taming mustangs that was based on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles. The aim of this method is the humane training of horses (and other animals) based on gai [...]


    • Monty Roberts' 'The Man Who Listens to Horses' proved to be one of the most exciting additions to the field of equine/human inter-communication. It destroyed the myth that horses need to be forced into submission to get them to do the bidding of humans. Through his teachings, Monty Roberts has taught thousands of people that the best way to interact with a horse is to learn its language; that the key to a good, stress-free relationship between man and horse is to study the communication system o [...]


    • Monty Roberts is my hero. No question about it. An amazing genius with horses. This was an amazing book. Thank you, Monty, for teaching us how to listen to and appreciate the beauty, power, and gift of the horse.


    • When I read this book 10 or so years ago, I had never heard of Monty Roberts before, or at least, I couldn't remember ever having read of him before even though I had been a subscriber to popular horse magazines such as Western Horseman from the time I was a kid.I took the book at face value, until it was proven to my satisfaction by several various other sources that much of the autobiographical information in it disqualifies the book from 'nonfiction' status. Marvin Roberts did not beat his so [...]


    • Já vou começar essa resenha anunciando: é uma das melhores biografias que já li, com certeza! Me espanta imensamente que Monty Roberts não seja um autor com vasta experiência, porque sua escrita é fluida e tem o que existe de melhor dentro da literatura contemporânea: uma ausência de pretensão e uma narração próxima do leitor, como se fosse, por exemplo, cartas para um amigo próximo.A história em si cativa desde o princípio, porque o que me motivou de verdade a ler esse livro foi [...]


    • Not just a book for the horsey set (I had read his "From My Hands to Yours: Lessons from a Lifetime of Training Championship Horses" before), this is an very interesting autobio.I enjoyed the life and times described of his childhood in California during the 40's and 50's, his experiences in the movie world and as a competitive rider (all as a child it was definitely a very different time!) and later his work in Europe with horses.Something I did not know about him was that he is completely col [...]


    • This book is in the time period of the 1930's to the 1990's. The main character is Monty Roberts who is a horse whisperer who travels the world to help train horses. Monty's life is a roller coaster like anyone else. He came from the bottom to the top and much wisdom is shared. I feel like it would be cool that at the end, Monty added a little writing from his children and how they love him and respect his job. There weren't any boring parts but in some areas the story goes into extreme detail a [...]


    • I really love Monty Roberts' work. I've read other books by him and read a lot about his work with horses. I love how he describes the relationships he builds with horses and how he rehabilitates them with such love and care. In this book, he talks more about his childhood and how he came to do what he does now. You have a lot more of an understanding of why he trains horses with such gentility after hearing of his childhood and how his father treating him and his animals. I also enjoyed getting [...]


    • I've read this book several times, and it's been a great source of inspiration for the horse part of my life, for the past 11 years. It's time for my daughter to get her first horse, and I figured that it was time for me to re-read this excellent book. There's so much I can relate to when it comes to Monty Roberts childhood with an abusive father (in my case it was step-father,) and how this affect his way of thinking about both people and horses. It's difficult to understand that the cruel way [...]


    • I guess I shouldn't have read the news reports about Monty Roberts exaggerations and claims that he lied about nearly everything. Maybe then I could have enjoyed his book as fiction, at least. I read this book after a bunch of my riding friends told me about it. They were into horses, training and saving mustangs and since I love animals i thought I would give it a try to. It's interesting but the reports totally blew it for me. I do understand how others who don't know about the claims against [...]


    • Monty's relationship with his father had such an incredible impact on his life. Throughout the book, I was still seeing someone still looking for approval. My opinion is that Monty is still seeking it. The other poignant moment was when he talked about the number of people attending his father's funeral vs. his mother's funeral. A cruel confirmation on how we can turn away from what is really happening and how the forgotten the others become. It is truly a book of raw emotion behind his words hi [...]


    • Monty Roberts tries to come across as the only person who knows about horses and acts as if he invented the concept of "be kind to horses" and "don't abuse them when you train them". That's good advice except I have known people who gave him their horses for his demonstrations and he lied about them being never saddled and so forth. I read extensive articles countering much of what he wrote in this book. Is it a good adventure story and memoir - yeah it's pretty good. But is it truthful. Sorry, [...]


    • I read this book several years ago when it was fashionable in the UK and when I was still riding. Interestingly all the riding instructors seemed to hate it. I found it fascinating and pretty much took it at face value. I find animal psychology fascinating in as much as it equally relates to humans (us other herd animals!) I think if you ride or are merely interested in horses this would be an interesting read.


    • The man who listens to horsesby Monty RobertsAutobiographyI realy enjoyed this book. I had been very intrested in Montys work and how well he can relate to horses and think its amazing what he has learnt from horsesom this text i learnt alot more about join-up and found it amazing that i could be done with many diffrent animals in the wild.i recomend this book to anyone who wants to have a deeper conection with their horse.


    • I just listened to this book, and several times, I didn't want to get out of the car. It was interesting. I want to learn more about how Monty interacts with the horses to get them trusting them because he says it's a similar concept for humans. Hmmm. . . His approach and methods have been very, very successful consistently. I was sad to learn that his dad was abusive.


    • I read this years ago can't remember when. It started the change in the way I communicated with my horses. Monty Roberts' story - his life - is devoted to the horse. For non-horse people, it's an interesting read. For horse people it could be the turning point in your equine relationships.


    • An excellent book about overcoming the cycle of abuse, toward both humans and animals. His revolutionary approach to training horses changed the way I look at horses and how they are treated, as well as influenced my interactions with them. A relevant read for horse lovers and non-horse-people alike.


    • I enjoyed Monty's book very much and I chose to disregard the rebuttal of his story by his own family. I simply think his story should be taken at face value and hopefully his approach to breaking horses softy has deterred harsh treatment and has made the public aware of the abusive treatment of horses. That fact alone makes this book worthwhile.


    • To me this was an amazing rags to riches real life story of a very talented horse trainer. He is now one of the most famous trainers promoting a natural gentler approach to communicating with horses.Monty Roberts


    • Interesting, a decently written autobiography. The author had a rich, eventful life. The one downside is the author's negative focus on his father. This casts a shadow through the book. I found myself hoping the Mr. Roberts would just let his feelings go and get on with the task of living.


    • There are many reports that Monty Roberts is a fake. Although he may have good training principles, many people have stated that alot of the events he wrote about in this book were made up.



    • Caution: this book is not for children. That said, this book is a must-read for horse-lovers everywhere. It will teach you how to speak your horse's language. Yet even if you don't care much for horses, this book will still make a great read. Sometimes you will laugh, sometimes you will cry; but always, you will be moved.


    • Very sad, but interesting story of how he was abused by his father, but went on to develope revolutionary horse taming techniques called "joining up" and "follow up" which develope trust and a desire on the part of the horse to want to work with you. Uses it too in inter-human relations. Quite enjoyed the preface by a Canadian called Lawrence Scanlan.


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