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Monty Roberts Horsemanship Courses in Support of Charity 2019

Yvette d'Unienville yvette@horses4hope.org

19 June 2019, Johannesburg: Horses4Hope, a South African non-profit, will be holding the first Monty Roberts horsemanship courses in Southern Africa (initially a 10-day Monty Roberts Introductory Course in Gaborone, Botswana from 29 July to 9 August; Windhoek, Namibia from 19 to 30 August; and Johannesburg, South Africa from 9 to 20 September 2019).

Monty Roberts first gained widespread fame with the release of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens to Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a first-hand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world championships in the show ring. Today Monty's goal is to spread his message that "violence is never the answer." Monty has been encouraged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order. Other honours include the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award, FEI’s Man of the Year and one of Horse & Hound Magazine’s 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time.

Simon Marrier d’Unienville, Horses4Hope founder, is the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, and one of 14 Lead-Up® Instructors world-wide – a ground-breaking Monty Roberts program that has been scientifically proven to reduce violence in at-risk youth.

Horses4Hope runs free Lead-Up workshops, working to reduce violence and improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable youth from their partner NGOs. Additionally Simon, in partnership with Kris Robins (Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense & Healing program developer), have created and piloted Equ-Us™ – the world’s first program to combine Monty Roberts’ horsemanship with Motivational Interviewing (Dr William Miller and Stephen Rollnick’s globally acclaimed counselling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behaviour). Equ-Us uses the combination of these two closely paralleled techniques, and the healing power of horses, to help those currently seeking help in an addiction recovery program.

The Introductory Course of Horsemanship provides an in-depth understanding of Monty’s concepts and is the first step to joining the elite ranks of Monty Roberts Certified Instructors. The course is suitable for students of any age (16+), and all levels of equine experience. Participants will gain a well-rounded knowledge in the basics of horse care, performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition, with a strong emphasis on horse psychology.

“Developing these essential horsemanship skills will help participants build a willing partnership with their horse, based on trust. And in turn, they will have a happier, more well-mannered, more cooperative horse – both on the ground and under-saddle,” said Simon.

All proceeds from the courses will fund Horses4Hope’s non-profit programs, including the launch of a Lead-Up program in Botswana and Namibia. The 10-day course cost is N$ 23,400 (USD 1,950) and includes a Monty Roberts patented Dually halter and set of long lines, as well as a 6-month subscription to the Monty Roberts Online University. The course is limited to 6 participants for individual attention. Learn more or book online at www.horses4hope.org or email events@horses4hope.org.

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Editor Notes

About Horses4Hope
Horses4Hope is a South African non-profit registered with the Department of Social Development (DSD: 215-391 NPO) and Section 18A Public Benefit Organization (PBO: 930065369).

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Everyone asks, "How can someone do that to those horses?" 
I ask, "How could nobody have noticed earlier?"

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On seeing 6 horses crammed into a small trailer, lying all over each other on their sides, legs sticking out between the trailer's bars, I wondered how it was possible that these horses had been transported all the way from Karasburg to Okahandja and nobody had noticed their plight?

Surely on that long road, someone, somewhere, would have seen them or are people so ignorant that they do not know that blood all over the bars and six horses lying on their sides with one standing on top of them, is not okay?

A person can only be absolutely astounded at the fact that the owner of the horses thought it wasn't a big problem.  He stopped at the Reit Club Okahandja to unload them and then re-load them, so that they would all be standing upright again!  Thank goodness he did stop, because here two people saw them and contacted the authorities. 

The horses had to be pulled off the trailer, except the one standing on the others, none could get up and walk immediately, they had been lying down a long time and the blood flow to their legs had been compromised.  They were exhausted and didn’t even fight back.  The mare at the back of the trailer was in such a bad state, that it took half an hour and 4 men to get her up and then they still had to hold her to keep her stable.

Another shock awaited us in the back of the bakkie under the canopy.  This same seriously injured mare had a foal.  The one month old colt had been tied up and placed, lying down, in the back of the bakkie. 
His little fetlocks were swollen, but he jumped up as soon as he was free and walked over to his mommy.
She was still lying down, he whinnied and bumped her face and neck with his little nose, she just lay there.  Once she was helped up he tried to suckle, but she didn't have much milk for him and she had obviously been stepped on, just behind her udder she had a large swelling.  Even though she was bruised and in terrible pain she let him drink.

The horses were placed in a large paddock and immediately given grass and water.  The Windhoek SPCA and their Vet were called in to assist the horses. The police opened a docket and the man was arrested.

Currently the horses are being kept at the Reit Club Okahandja, until they are well enough to be transported to a farm near Windhoek where the SPCA can keep an eye on them.

All we can do to apologize for being such lousy humans is to give them a better life in the future.

The scene brought to mind the saying of a wise man:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

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