April 15, 2020 – Ask Monty Newsletter

Question: How can I be a better student?

Dear Monty,

I suppose you receive letters like this all the time being the amazing person you are but I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact you’ve on my life.

Similar to you, I’ve always loved horses. My grandad had a small holding in a little coal mining village in Wales, where again similar to you, I was riding horses before I could walk. When I was 10, I had an accident and it knocked my confidence completely. I had this love of horses and longed to that connection again but was so full of fear. Looking back, it was a blessing in disguise, as my mother gave me your book to read.

There I was a young child reading about you, your upbringing and your relationship with horses and to this day, it’s been the best book I’ve ever read and one that has had the biggest impact on my life. Not only did reading your story enhance my confidence and understanding of horses but of people too. I then went on to watch the horse whisperer film and all I could do was think that, that film was because of you. I explored Join-Up and started exploring horse behaviors. And I started riding again and met the horse that helped me too, Sonny!

You really are an inspiration to me and I want to thank you for that! Basically, it’s been a dream of mine since I was 10 to meet you and see your work in person and tell you all of this. I watch ALL your YouTube videos and TV programs and I’ve read your book another 100 times since. Finally, thank you for confirming to me that the connection I feel with horses is true. I feel lucky to have felt it. Thank you for everything! How can I be a better student still?

Lauren Thomas
Your biggest fan x

Monty’s Answer:

Dear Lauren,

Your letter makes me feel as I am still growing up and makes me want to meet you some day. Your words cause me to feel a though you should be awarded the #1 position of all that I consider to be my life’s goal. I remember so well at the age of 11 during one of the most trying times with my father. I recall a meeting with my most influential teacher in primary school and I told her that my life’s goal was to leave the world a better place for horses and for people too.

You epitomize a person that leads the world in this goal of mine. Anytime I am available I will be asking all of my assistants to invite you to receive a free ticket or if it’s possible to meet you in person. It sounds as though you consider me to be a gift to you. Please believe me when I say you are a gift to me. You represent exactly the gift that I would wish everyone in the next generation to be.

Stay healthy, be safe.


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