of us who saw the film or read the book "The Horse Whisperer"
will have been intrigued and inspired by the story of Monty Roberts
Monty, who was played by heart-throb Robert Redford in the film,
trains horses by simply "talking" to them rather than
using traditional methods. He specialises in animals that have problems
or are deemed "impossible" and using a special technique
has had some spectacular results!
ancient art will be the subject of one of the fantastic demonstrations
taking place at this year's Equus Horse Event (3-6 April, ExCel,
Docklands, London). Britain's top "horse whisperer" Kelly
Marks, will be giving daily presentations with some of her equine
charges including the majestic 3 year old stallion "Antics".
who has also been seen on the popular TV programme "Barking
Mad" solving equine problems, is the originator of the Monty
Roberts Educational Courses and the founder of the Intelligent Horsemanship
organisation. She was inspired by Monty when, working with racehorses
in 1992, she went to see a demonstration by "a Californian
Horse Psychologist" who was going to begin breaking-in to young
horses. She watched as Monty worked with two different horses letting
them run about freely, then willing follow him of their own accord.
He was able to saddle them and, after a while, ride them - a process
that normally takes many weeks or months.
met up with Monty again in France a year later, purely by accident
and this is where their friendship started. She worked with him
throughout the summer helping him write his book "The Man Who
Listens to Horses" learning from him and, in turn, developing
her own ideas - some of which Monty now incorporates into his own
2001 Kelly went to work with the wild horses in the Namibian desert
with extraordinary results, and shortly she is off top Latvia to
look at and help working horses. She is currently touring the UK
with Monty Roberts doing masterclasses and demonstrations.
to Kelly it is often the "humanised" horses that need
the most help. If a foal has been bottle fed, it can become confused
and find it difficult to respond normally to its owner - in fact,
it thinks it is human! But Kelly can help most horses with problems
and is convinced that much of the time it is simply a case of helping
the owner and horse to communicate.
you have had a really bad day, this emotional stress communicates
itself to your horse," says Kelly. "In turn the horse
becomes unsettled and unhappy and this can cause long-term problems.
Just a few minutes relaxation and some easy breathing exercises
done before you visit your horse can make a world of difference,"
she says. "It really is all about mindfulness - if you take
the time to talk to your horse, stroke his neck and relax together
this will help to get you both off on the right foot before you
go into the riding school or out on a hack."
has written five books, the latest of which is "Perfect Manners
- How You Should Behave So Your Horse Does Too." Her presentations
at Equus 2003 are sure to be popular, so to book a place visit www.equusevent.co.uk
or call 01959 542776. More information about Kelly Marks can also
be found on the website www.intelligenthorsemanship.co.uk