The Man Who Listens to Horses Themes

Monty Roberts
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Abuse of Horses

The unfairness of abuse of horses is a theme that runs throughout The Man Who Listens to Horses. From the time that he is a child, Monty witnesses people cruelly abusing horses without giving it a second thought. The common term for working with horses is called "breaking" the horses. This term implies that the rider will break down the horse's spirit and force him to do what he wishes. Breaking a horse typically takes place through violent measures. Monty vows to never use the term "breaking." Instead, he chooses different terminology that is more peaceful. For example, he selects the term "starting" horses. The "Join-Up" is the moment when the horse is willing to accept the rider. Also Monty's techniques are dedicated to never causing any sort of pain to the horse. The most force he ever uses towards a horse is described as "mild...

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