April 8, 2020 – Ask Monty Newsletter

Question: Are stallions more challenging for Join-Up?

G’day Monty,

After many years with horses, I’m just beginning my journey with Join-Up, my past practices have been more organic (what comes naturally) with a bit of information from here and a bit from there.

I’m bringing a stallion (14 years of age) back into work after 8 or more years and was wondering if you considered stallions any more of a challenge to get to Join-Up? He is a kind boy, cutting bred and trained by his breeder as a young horse but I have never ridden him before and would like to get him to Join-Up as part of my process.

Currently, time and finances don’t allow me to join your study program as much as I would like to. Finding myself now widowed and having to cull all but our breeding stallions and one mare I would like to get back in the saddle for myself and my late husband.

Fiona Scott
Dubbo, NSW Australia

Monty’s Answer:

Dear Fiona,

Congratulations on all fronts. Your stallion probably has several years to enjoy working with you. Unless he is aggressive, then Join-Up should be no different from the young horses. I advise students all the time that this is their, the horses’, language. It is their procedure and it is a fact that I learned it from them. I am sorry about your loss but proud of you for choosing to explore the world of human horse partnerships.


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