Three students from Oaklands and their teacher, Beverley Parker, recently attended a demonstration by the legendary Monty Roberts – the original horse whisperer.
Monty grew up in California and his own experiences with a violent father helped to shape his non-violent approach to training horses.
By watching horses in the wild and working with his own horses from a very young age, Monty learned the language of Equs – and set about using it to show the world that horses respond to leadership and that once you have established a bond – or “join-up” that horse will quite literally follow you anywhere.
Monty has worked with horses all over the world – including the Queen’s racehorses!
One horse was brought by his owner to the demonstration because he bucked her off all the time and was scared of everything. The students watched on as Monty taught the horse not to be frightened, so that it would accept a plastic bag being rattled at it, over it, under its feet; and after about half an hour the same horse happily accepted a rider on his bag without bucking. Amazing!
The students were then able to practice some of the techniques Monty taught them on the College horses, and produced a classroom display.
David Biddle, Principal