The Man Who Listens to Horses Short Essay - Answer Key

Monty Roberts
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1. Where did Monty Roberts develop his ideas about horses and horse-training? What are the basic tenets of his methodology?

Monty Roberts is a man who learned how to effectively communicate with horses without using any violence. Many of Monty's ideas stem from his childhood. Monty grew up around horses, but constantly observed them being mistreated. He deeply believes that he can come up with a method for working with horses that is based on respect and avoids any violence.

2. What setting does Monty Roberts depict in Chapter 1, The Call of the Wild Horses?

Monty Roberts introduces his love of horses and how his passion originated at an early age. In Salinas, California, where Monty grew up, horses were used for Wild Horse Races as part of the Salinas Rodeo. Due to the fact that horse meat was eaten during the war, the wild horse population had significantly declined in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon.

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