Monty Roberts Shows How To Load A Nervous Horse

Monty Roberts is renowned for his non violent and patient methods of training horses. In particular he has developed a unique approach towards working with nervous (spooky) and shy animals.

horse loading into a trailer

In this article I want to share his approach, that I have always admired, to loading horses who are difficult or reluctant loaders.

Here Monty takes us through the method he uses and although he has a team of support surrounding him, these are easy to replicate steps that anyone can use.

The biggest resource you will need is time (and patience).

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What Are The Benefits of Horse Riding?

Horse riding might seem (to the non-rider) as an easy past time that doesn’t require much effort. But the strenuous nature of the exercise means that it has lots of health benefits.

This article looks at what some of these benefits are and even provides an infographic that you can download and pin up to remind everyone else what hard work you are doing.

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Equine Mobile Phone Covers


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horse by Mark Ashkenazi

I’ve always had an interest in equine art and this website is an ideal way for me to indulge this passion! So for this post I decided to show a few examples I have come across of mobile phone covers – with a horsey theme of course.

There are a number of articles on the site that have promoted the work of various equine artists including the Equine Market Stall

All of these use the Society 6 Artists Promotion website which aims to support the work of real artists and provides a platform for them to promote their work internationally.

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Can Blogging Help An Equine Business?

Running any business is time consuming and demanding enough, but a business that involves live animals such as an equine one brings additional challenges of its own.

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(Image – “Equestrian Rider Dressage Oval Retro” by vectorolie

So how are you supposed to find time to promote your business and keep up with all your social media connections?

One of the options that businesses are looking at is to create an online presence which can then be given to someone else to manage, or it can be done in house with dedicated time management planning.

In this article I look at some of the options and shortcuts to managing your marketing and social media presence, and consider whether blogging could be something useful to your business.



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Managing The Environmental Impact of Keeping Horses


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“Ecology Earth Concept Word Collage” by Sujin Jetkasettakorn (

A large part of looking after your horse revolves around your stable and yard care. It doesn’t matter whether this is a full commercial yard or one stable in the back garden, many of the care principles are the same.

Managing the environmental impact of your horse is also an important aspect of maintaining the health and welling of your animals, as well as ensuring that other livestock and people are not adversely affected by your yard routines.

So whether you are new to horses or reviewing your own environmental impact of an existing yard, here are some issue to consider and and/or plan for in the future.

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An Introduction To Dressage

Dressage can be a difficult to understand, but current media attention has brought the sport more into the public domain in recent years.

As Google describes it;

definition dressage

This article explores some of the basic information that you need, in order to understand more about this often misunderstood sport.

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Horse Welfare and Rescue in Ireland

It is perhaps the hidden side of the equine industry in Ireland, but unfortunately horse welfare remains a problem in Ireland, with an estimated 100 rescues being taken in by the largest equine charity per year.

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One of the biggest challenges facing all animal welfare charities in the country is the lack of funding, along with limited recognition at government level as to the problems facing many different breeds of animal in this country.

Trying to address this problem and raise more awareness is one of the largest equine specific animal charities in Ireland. This is the Irish Horse Welfare Trust which was established in 1999.

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Horse Grooming Supplies

Grooming your horse is important for a number of reasons, including making them look good for shows as well as improving their overall condition and monitoring for cuts, wounds and skin conditions.

Horse in the wild will use techniques such as rolling and grooming each other as a way to do this naturally, but for many domestic horses this needs to be done by their human carer/ rider.

Another article on this site provides a video and further information on how to groom your horse but this article is about the equipment you will need (and some that you don’t but they are nice additions).

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Parelli Natural Horsemanship

The Parelli natural horsemanship approach has been developed by husband and wife team Pat and Linda Parelli.

Natural Parelli Horsemanship is about building trust and confidence between the trainer and the horse. As with all natural horsemanship approaches it is as much about retraining humans as it is about training horses.

The underlying principle behind the programme is that trainers and riders need to learn new ways of communicating with their horse in order to achieve better and more productive results.

The overall aim of the Parelli programme is to raise the standard of horsemanship across the globe by introducing alternative and natural partnership methods.


Pat Parelli

Pat Parelli is an American trainer from a cowboy background and is an expert in natural horsemanship, once you have got beyond his showmanship.

He started his journey back in the late 1980s and has been adapting and developing his programme ever since.

The following video provides an overview of his style and gives you an idea of how he works and the effects of his teaching on horses.

Pat has developed a number of resources to explain his methods including this book which explains his model built on Six Keys to Natural Horsemanship

Pat Parelli natural horsemanship Natural Horse-Man-Ship: Six Keys to a Natural Horse-Human Relationship (A Western Horseman Book) Revised edition by Pat Parelli, Kathy Swan (2003) Paperback

The six areas covered in the book are;

  • attitude
  • knowledge
  • tools
  • time
  • techniques
  • imagination.

Pat has also developed this model further and added a seventh step which is support.

Much of Pat’s current work on horsemanship techniques is supported by the input from his wife Linda, and her work on studying horse personality.


Linda Parelli

Linda Parelli has a very different background to Pat because she was from a Pony Club background and a Dressage rider originally. She came across Pat’s clinics and saw it as a last hope option for her then untrainable thoroughbred.

Several years later Linda no longer competes, but devotes her life entirely to working with other riders to promote the methods that she uses alongside Pat. She also does a lot of writing to document Pat’s teaching, so it is widely accessible through as many different sources as possible.


Horses as Predatory Animals

Most of the teaching in natural horsemanship starts by explaining that horses are naturally predatory or flight animals. Most of their behaviour stems from this natural instinct to flee from any perceived danger.

When we are working with horses we need to understand this instinct and be able to reassure the horse that it is ok to go against their natural response and instead to develop trust in us to protect them.


Understanding Horses

The other key aspect of the Parelli teaching is to understand the different roles that the horse owner plays in their horse’s education. Linda Parelli describes three aspects that all horse riders need to develop. She describes how all riders are;

  • part behaviourist – develop a good understanding of the horse’s personality and be able to design training programmes using this knowledge.
  • part trainer – develop good clear communication skills.
  • part psychologist – understand the psychology of how your horse thinks and if necessary use reverse psychology to encourage him to try something new.

Linda states that it is only by combining these three skill areas together that you begin to understand the real principles of horsemanship.


One of the things that the Parellis teach is called horsenality, or understanding the personality types of horses.

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The chart shown here explains the four different types of horse personality, which are based on the model of human personality types

  • left brain extrovert
  • right brain extrovert
  • left brain introvert
  • right brain introvert

Each of the different personality types has a different way of learning and will respond better to a specific training approach.

It is therefore very important that you can assess your own horse’s personality and determine which training approach is the best option.

Parelli Boxset – 10 DVDs

For real Parelli fans there is a box set version of 10 DVDs and booklets, that cover all the basic elements that Parelli teaches.

Parelli box set

Parelli Success Series (10 Dvd Box Set) with Booklets

  1. Horsenality
  2. Seven games
  3. Safe ride
  4. Natural Rider
  5. Natural attraction
  6. Liberty
  7. Calm ride
  8. Ride out
  9. Natural Collection
  10. Natural Lead Changer

You can also read more about Pat and Linda Parelli and their work on their website

I hope you enjoyed this article and  if you have any particular aspect of Parelli teaching that you would like to see discussed please feel free to leave a comment in the section below, it’s always great to hear from you.


Further Reading

There are some other articles on Natural Horsemanship techniques on this site that may be of interest, including;



Safe Treats To Feed My Horse

A horse’s main diet is grass or related forage such as hay or haylage, but even in the wild horses will eat other foodstuff occasionally.

As owners it is natural to want to give treats to your horse, although some riders do not believe in giving anything outside of the horse’s  established diet.

The general rule is that human processed foods are not really suitable (although the tiny ends of sandwiches don’t really count).

The key to any treat is to give in moderation and avoid risks such as colic or blocking the intestine system.

Traditional treats include apples and carrots, but what else can you safely give your horse as a treat?

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