Monty Roberts Dupes News Media and Publishers

Special to USA Views

Nov. 6, 1999
There’s a horse trainer named Monty Roberts who seemingly took the United States by storm a couple of years ago. He’s a best-selling author of his book “The Man Who Listens to Horses”, the tale of his tortured childhood, his prowess with horses, his recognition by the Queen of England. Great story telling.

After the book was published by Random House, it was everywhere and so was Monty Roberts, on television, on radio, crying his tales of childhood abuses at the hands of his father, giving fancy training demonstrations called “Join-Up” using the “language of Equus”, along with other long-known methods that only he, it seems, could promote in his uniquely charismatic manner. He became the latest cult figure to the masses of horse people around the world. His book is translated in a slew of languages and he still makes jaunts to the Queen’s hangout. Monty Roberts became in many people’s eyes the savior of all horses from various abuses and misguided training methods. He made it sound as if no other trainer on the face of the earth ever promoted good will and common sense to equines.

Then from the bowels of his past, came family members with their own tales of Monty’s childhood. These tales weren’t so dramatic: no abuse at the hands of his father, no complicity by a lax mother, no great film career or friendship with James Dean. Little by little they whittled down Monty’s great manhood to a series of lies, deceits and abuses, not to him, but by him.

But where was the news media? Why didn’t Random House or another large entity publish “Horse Whispers & Lies”, the book that counters Monty Roberts’ own? Where were the television cameras, the top reporters from NBC’s “Dateline”? Where was the Los Angeles Times? Only “Horse & Rider” magazine and TIME had the gumption to publish an article unfavorable to him – although it must be said that TIME’s article was a mere shadow of revelations to come. Why was no one interviewing the scores of people who spoke against Monty Roberts?

Monty Roberts’ public relations person did an amazingly good job getting him to be seen and heard around the world. The truth, however, had no public relations person, so the media just ignored the controversy that’s been brewing for well over a year. The media has ignored the three major lawsuits surrounding Monty Roberts. And, since one of the lawsuits against him has been settled out of court, and another on its way to the same conclusion, it only ensures that the public will never know the extent of the evidence against him. One other lawsuit that this author knows of remains outstanding until March of next year. I will not place any bets on the winner but will only say that Monty Roberts is rich and the plaintiffs are poor. Who do you think has more funds to hire top notch, albeit sleazy lawyers who will do everything in their power to protect Monty Roberts’ bad name?

Where are the news honchos protecting the public’s right to know? They’re still kneeling at the altar of the man who only thinks he listens to horses.  For more literary scams about author fraud visit

USAViews Report:Monty Roberts Sued
USAViews Report: Monty Roberts Just Can’t Tell the Truth
USAViews Report: Anti-Monty Roberts Book Review
Citizens for Justice Report: Monty Roberts Fraud Reports
Monty’s Fraud Author Listing at


12 responses to “Monty Roberts Dupes News Media and Publishers

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  3. Monty Roberts is the man who only listens to CA-CHING – the sound of money rattling around in his bank account.

  4. The http://CITIZENSFORJUSTICE.ORG website has a massive file shining a light on Monty Roberts fraud and lies. Of course the people who want have put this jerk on a pedestal don’t want to hear or see anything negative about their ‘GOD”. Interestingly, no other really good horse trainer ever had to resort to such tactics as Monty’s bullshit!

  5. I think it is funny how people can judge a man just by what they think they know. I know for a fact Monty is who he says he is I have spent time with him. He’ll the man called me to see if I was doing ok. I have two horses and use his method. My two horses was beat before I got them one was just about wild due to it. By using join-up I was able to work with him faster. I tried Clinton Anderson did not work for me. I think all of you all should go to Flag Is Up Farms and see it for yourselves.

    Monty keep up your work with us Vets you have helped me a lot and still do.


    • Yeah – and WE know for a fact that what is written here is the truth. The author personally visited Flag is Up Farms and saw Monty in action there and at various demos of his so-called join up. He had been reporting on Monty’s antics for years.

      • So the writer of this article has tried join up him self. Does the writer have horse experience to be an expert on this matter. I live this everyday with my horse, and it has changed my life. I know others with the same experience as me. I understand that many people do not like his ways, but that does not mean they should talk about him like this. Monty treats me like one of his own his whole family does he did not have to do that nor his wife and daughters. They call me just to see how I am doing now if he was like you say would he do that to someone he only met twice.

      • Yes, the writer of the report is a real live horse person who knows what he’s talking about!

  6. I realize this is a very old report on here but as far as Monty Roberts, he and his public relations mavens are still defrauding the public and it is quite shameful.

  7. The Military Channel has consumed the Monty Roberts koolaid and has produced a show called Horse Sense and Soldiers, which shows Monty using equines to treat veterans who have PTSD. The Military Channel’s news release claims that Roberts has two PhD’s in Psychology related fields. When questioned about the fact that those PhDs are honorary, Bob Scanlon of the Military Channel said that the program makes it clear that the diplomas are honorary. The news release described Roberts’ work with equine assisted therapy as “pioneering” but in fact, he is not the first to use horses to alleviate veterans’ PTSD; there are many other programs of this kind. There is also very little valid scientific evidence available that proves that EAP is an effective treatment for PTSD.

  8. Matthew Mellenkamp

    Following up on this article, I can say from personal experience (having worked for a major news organization for many years) that the news media is made up of a bunch of idiots. I, however, am not one of them. I am fully aware that the Monty Roberts of the world are still being lauded and given free publicity by a media starved for “news”, no matter how dubious it may be. It’s a shame that journalists have become so lazy that they don’t “do their homework”. In the case of Monty Roberts, he is a sham and all my friends who know and train/ride horses know it too. The media have always looked at this jackass of a horseman and licked his boots. Sad but true.

  9. Pingback: Anti-Monty Roberts Book Review-”Horse Whispers & Lies” « USA Views: The Voice of Reason

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