October 30, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is in his 27th year of touring the globe, demonstrating the methods of nonviolent training of horses, both in the saddle and from the ground. The four part series includes Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Draft Horse Needs Ground Training, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie is Afraid of Crowds, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie Learns to Relax, Join-Up with Martin Clunes: Ronnie the Great Riding Horse.
“I needed to get Ronnie ready for the Royal Windsor Horse Show where Carl Hester will ride him and I needed Monty to get him over being afraid of the crowd noise” owner Martin Clunes told Roberts. Clunes is the British actor famous for his role as Doc Martin on television.
Roberts replied, “Why not!? But we’ve got to get him right!” and proceeded to train Ronnie in front of the sold out audience in England. “I scored Ronnie’s demonstration really high for educational reasons and have added it to my Equus Online University.”
Monty Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site, already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web. Launching in 2009 and adding a new video lesson every week has now established the learning system as the most comprehensive globally. It was important to Roberts to not only quantify the language of the horses he calls Equus, but also to share its interpretation with lessons from world renowned horse persons such as Stefan Peters and Jan Ebeling from dressage, Will Simpson from Olympic jumping and Phillip Ralls from Western Reining.
Since launching, Monty Roberts, Richard Winters, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and many more have contributed their knowledge of horsemanship. “Considered a rosetta stone for horse communication, one of gestures like signing for the deaf, online lessons are available 24/7 have contributed greatly to the encouragement and study of non-violent training of horses.” said Roberts. He wants the global impact to spread in his lifetime and encourages interested persons to log on at http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/library and have a free look around.
When Monty Roberts was invited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 to demonstrate his understanding of horsemanship, horse training’s 6000 year old tradition was forever changed. Roberts had cracked the code on the communication system horses used to survive for millions of years before humans had domesticated them. Roberts demonstrated concepts that drew a line at pain in training and his life’s goal is to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too.
Debbie Roberts-Loucks, Monty’s daughter, spearheaded the development, “We are, first and foremost, advocates for keeping horses in people’s lives. The more than 480 video lessons are in categories of Ground Work from foundational to Advanced and Ridden Work, from foundational to problem solving. And there is a terrific forum plus a searchable data base of over 600 Questions and Answers from Monty with a handy search bar.”