Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts at Myerscough

Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts demonstrates his skills at Myerscough College with horse Mouse. Photo: David Hurst
Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts demonstrates his skills at Myerscough College with horse Mouse. Photo: David Hurst

World famous horse whisperer Monty Roberts attracted a huge audience when he wowed crowds at Myerscough College, Bilsborrow.

The 80-year-old, famed for his training of horses, helped owners overcome problems they were having with their animals.

In front of an audience of more than 800 people, he and assistant of 23 years, Kelly Marks, cured a rescue horse’s fear of motor vehicles as well as another who was afraid of walking forwards.

Kelly said the show went “perfectly” and said the pair are looking forward to coming back next year.

She said: “Monty works by using body language and his eyes as he helps the horses. With the horse who was scared of all motor vehicles we used food as a positive reinforcement. The other it was all about Monty getting the horses to trust him and slowly walking them through what they had to do.”

The award-winning trainer of championship horses and best-selling author honed his skills while tracking wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy.

He observed the silent communication between horses and says he understood that using this silent language would allow training to commence in a much more effective and humane manner.

Kelly said: “The final demonstration we did was a horse who just wouldn’t get into its trailer. The owners complained it would take them three to five hours to move the horse but Monty had him in within half an hour, once he got the horse to trust him.

“The horse started to feel at home with Monty and walked into the trailer without any fuss after that.

“Monty really is a legend and loves coming to the college because we always get really good crowds. We’ve been coming to Myerscough for a number of years now and we’re looking forward to coming back next year as well.”