Misfits and Horse Whisperers

By February 14, 2015Christianity

And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve[1]

Monty Roberts spent his youth in the plains of the U.S. watching his father beat the day lights out of wild mustangs. He observed his father’s way of breaking horses through tying them to a post and beating them with a rod. Monty felt there must be a better way.

Monty took off to the plains on his own and observed how actual lead mustangs communicated with a new horse that wanted to join the herd. Monty discovered that there was a mustang pattern of invitation, exposure, and challenge that drew a new horse into the wild herd.

He found that when he adopted the characteristics of a lead horse, of invitation, exposure, and challenge that he could train horses to submit to him. His gentle “horse-whispering” technique was in marked contrast to his father’s abusive style of control.[2]

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[1] The New King James Version. 1982 (Mk 3:13–14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] “Monty Roberts Horse Whispering,” YouTube. April 11, 2011, found in Building a Discipleship Culture by Mike Breen, 3DM, 2011, p. 15-16.