‘Whisperer’ to calm troubled animals

THE OWNERS of troublesome horses will have a unique opportunity to see their animals brought under control by a ‘horse whisperer’ at the 2010 Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS next month.

As well as the annual show-jumping competitions and pony shows, this year’s horse show will have another centrepiece with world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts conducting daily demonstrations of his techniques.

Having featured in Hollywood films, the 75-year-old Californian’s training techniques have become popularly known as “horse whispering”.

The training is completely non-violent and depends on an understanding of the equine communication system of movements, and creating a trusting partnership with the animal.

The Horse Show, in conjunction with Equus Training Ireland, are looking for “young horses that have not yet been introduced to saddle, bridle or rider” and troublesome animals to take part in Mr Roberts’ demonstrations.

Equus Training Ireland trainer Caroline Jennings said: “It has been over a decade since Monty was in Ireland last, so it is very exciting that he will be demonstrating his non-violent training techniques at this year’s Fáilte Ireland Horse Show.

“There will be a demonstration each day so attendees will have the opportunity to see Monty working with a good variety of horses from the starting of youngsters, to helping horses with remedial problems such as fear of water, clippers and loading,” she said.

“We are still taking horse applications for Monty’s RDS demonstrations. Anyone who is interested should make contact through the website www.equus.ie.”

The show is Ireland’s largest equestrian event, and one of the largest events held on the island, attracting over 100,000 visitors. This year’s show runs from August 4-8.

The first Dublin Horse Show was held in 1864 under the auspices of the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland. The show has the third largest annual prize pool for international show jumping in the world.


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