April 8, 2020 – Ask Monty Newsletter
Question: Are stallions more challenging for Join-Up?
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.
Dubbo, NSW Australia
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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