The Man Who Listens to Horses

The Man Who Listens to Horses

by Monty Roberts

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Monty Roberts, known as the "Man Who Listens to Horses" has led an extraordinary life. An award-winning trainer of championship horses, best-selling author, Hollywood stunt man, foster dad to 47 children (in addition to three of his own) and creator of the world-renowned and revolutionary equine training technique called Join~Up, Monty Roberts could now, in his later years, be resting on his laurels -- but that's not his style.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014772303
Publisher: Handheld Books
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 485,896
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer--an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing "horse sense" is based on a lifetime of experience. Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of thirteen he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild. What he learned there changed his life forever.

Monty Roberts has spent his whole life working with horses--schooling them, listening to them, and learning their ancient equine language. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his problems with his violent horse-trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty's unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse-training community, and the invitation that changed his life--to demonstrate his method of "join-up" to the Queen of England.

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Man Who Listens to Horses 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you own a horse or work with them- READ THIS BOOK!!! This guy can read your horse like a book! I'm not a book worm and this book was the longest book I have ever read.I never got bored reading this book and believe me when it comes to books my tension spand is not very long unless its a really good book.This books tells Monty Robert's story of his life, how he learned to listen to horses and he also gives a few pointers when you are trying to do Join-UP with your horse!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Man who Listens to Horses is an Awesome book! I still have 3 chapters left, but it is a very good book that is about life and earning a horse's trust. It even has a Step-By-Step Giude in the back on how to start horses, Monty's way. It really opens your eyes and shows you how cruel people are to these wonderful creatures. An amazing book. I reccomend to all ages! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOSH...Great Book...Can not wait to read the 2nd 'Shy Boy' This book has not only helped me with my horses but every day life....Thanks!!!
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A compelling and facinating look at how we treat the animals who share our lives, what we can learn by listening to them more often (instead of simply ordering them about), and how one man 'bucked' (pun intended) years and years of traditional horse training methodology to challenge horse owners, horse lovers - and frankly anyone who has to interact with any living creature - to reexamine how we communicate.
room5rapaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great. It isn't just about horses it is about Monty's life and his family. It also tells us about the ways they broke there horses in. Some of them were very mean but some of the ways we still se them today. This would be great for people who want to read an autobiography or like books horses.
rohetherington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inspiring story of horses, humans, and the search for harmony. Monty demonstrates a few human qualities that rarely get expressed in todays chaotic society; vision, self-belief, determination, compassion. Absolutely awesome.
chory.4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Man Who Listens to Horses is a nonfiction book written by Monty Roberts about his life, career, and passion for horses. He recounts his autobiographical tale about his journey to becoming horse whisperer. The writing is clear and he does not hold back details in explaining why and how he works with horses. The book is chronological, and he does not just include the dates and events of his life, but instead includes the memorable stories, challenges, people, and horses that define him. This book was very motivational to me because I also love horses and understood the respect and nobility he also assigns to the horse. He includes pictures of important people and horses he helped or helped him. At the end of the book there is a summary index that goes over different techniques and approaches he applies as a horse trainer and whisperer. Overall, the book served its purpose as educating other people about the art, magic, and power of communicating and listening to horses.
appaloosa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To me, this book came across more like a personal memoir rather than the latest trend in horse-training techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed the book soley for the author's personal insight, observatons, and his remarkable kinship with horses and animals.What most folks in the equine industry don't realize, is that Monty has a special gift & kinship with horses - unique to him only. What works for one trainer, does not neccessarily work for another. What I see in horse-related magazines and in the equine industry per se, makes me shake my head. The equine media is all to quick to pick up on the latest trainer/training techniques, to wit: John Lyons, Lynn Salvatori-Palm, Pat Parelli, Mark Rashad, etc; (the latest trend seems to be shifting to Australian cowboys, re: Clinton Anderson, et al), then drop it as quickly until the next training fad becomes the new vogue. Folks then jump on the equine training technique flavor-or-the-month bandwagon, thinking "what works for him, will work for me." without taking into account one's own personal dynamics, mood, personality, character, temperment, metabolism, etc.It reminds me what Dr. Benjamin Spock said on becoming new parents for the first time: "Trust yourself, you know more than you think." Which I suppose could be analogous to getting along with our equine partners: trust your instincts.That being said, I wish I could go to one of Monty's "join up" clinics - if only to observe man & horse communicate, and watch Monty work his magic.
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We used this book for our March book club. It wasn't enjoyed by everyone. We had a horse lover and former owner of a horse in the group. She enjoyed the book more than others. Monte Roberts chose to leave holes in story we tried to fill in. His mother was a mystery to us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buck brahnam's book is a much better read.
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I loved this book! Opened my eyes to the intelligence and feelings of horses. One of the BEST books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Man Who Listens to Horses is a very well written book. It made me cry at some points in the book. It is very eye opening. When you read it, you won't want it to end. It is one of those books that changed my life forever. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monty Roberts has revolutionized the way we see our horses. I've had the privilege of seeing him work and highly recommend all of his books .
HandelGirl More than 1 year ago
This book humbly and joyfully details the journey of an exceptional human being. Monty's life--from his childhood, characterized by both parental abuse and the joy of horses, to his current life at Flag Is Up Farms--is one that will inspire even the most unemotional soul. The book is one of gentleness and wisdom, and any horseman or horsewoman--or person--will better him- or herself by reading it.
I will add that I ordinarily detest stories about animals, but that this book, rather than reeking of the usual B-grade sentimentality common to the genre, is full of grace and quiet dignity. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am and loved the book, but my husband is not. He picked up the book and in 2 days finished it! He loved it, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really pulled me in. I started off reading the first chapter and before i knew it i was continuing on to the sixth chapter. I love horses a lot and that's why i chose to read this book. Monty Roberts is a horse lover also and he knows how to 'Talk' to them. Monty Roberts doesn't really understand what the horses say by neighing to him, he undertands their body language. Like when a horses ears go back, that's when you know that they're irritated and impatiant. I learned a lot from this book, and if you read it... I know that you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for horse lovers. I, personally, gained a lot from this book. It is one of my favorites of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Monty Roberts entices the reader in his best selling autobiography, The Man Who listens to Horses. The story begins in Salinas, California during the Great Depression. Born and raised on the rodeo grounds, he is bothered from an early age by the inhumane way horses are 'broken.' The book contains many conflicts Roberts has experienced throughout his life; ranging from man versus man to man versus nature. Monty Roberts is one of the leading pioneers in the 'join up' process. He began studying the silent language of horses at the age of thirteen on the scorching Nevada deserts. Traditionally horses are broken in a cruel way, being tied to a pole and beaten into submission. Experts say that this way creates horses that perform in fear, making unstable mounts. Monty's method involves gaining a horse's trust and respect as the leader. He rewards good behavior as an alternative to punishing bad. Roberts is an excellent author. The details constantly keep the reader intrigued. I will commend him for criticizing not just others, but even his own stupidity. The part of the book I enjoyed the most would have to be the step-by-step instructions to 'join up' with horses. I also enjoy his many conflicts which he has experienced throughout his life. He tells stories of past rodeos and 'untamable' horses he has tamed. This action-packed page-turner won't let you put it down. His stories range from 'crazy' horses to psychotic owners. He tells of life with his prejudiced, thieving father as well as hardships of The Depression and a world war. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I read it almost nonstop from cover to cover because I couldn't put it down. Monty Roberts has paved the way for horse whisperers, but he emphasizes you must listen to horses not tell them; he asks horses to perform, doesn't order them. I know I will never look at horses the same again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of my absolutely favorite books by my favorite horse trainer, monty roberts. this bok describes his life and how he learned the language of equus...might sound crazy, talking to horses, but it is just the best book ever. i am only 13. as u can see, this book is really easy, but it will AFFECT YOUR LIFE. IT DID TO MINE. monty roberts helps u understand the real communication of horses. his life is a true miracle. he has discovered something no one has ever discovered befored. it is sooooooo amazing u just wonder how he does it. if u r scared of horses or dont like them, i really recommend this book because it teaches the real meaning and that horses are more scared of u than u r of them. u will understand horses a lot better. it is also a guide of training. it is also a bible for horse lovers. the man who listens to horses is just too good to describe in words
Guest More than 1 year ago
monty roberts is no fake this man can really communicate with horses he's a wonderful man and i hope to meet him some day
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my bible!!! It is the most incredible and enlightening book I have read. It helped me communicate with my horse better, and even helped me communicate with people better. I wish I could meet Monty Roberts!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of join up is excellent as this will give us a better world and loving atmosphere between human,and animals. Human beings had been cruel while breaking animals and also youngsters. I experienced this and was very upset and lost my confidence in human beings. The feelings of hatredness filled my heart but just cant' do anything to the higher authorities. Then I had a fall during riding and broke my ankle. While resting at home my instructor lend me this book and I realised that the only thing I can do is to change myself and learn to achieve join up with human beings and animals.And I am happy since then. I learnt to admit what people had done were wrong and will never want to repeat this in future, so hope that we can make this world a more loving one,to all living creatures forever.