Originally Posted by kevinshorses
If you are looking to Monty Roberts as a mentor on how to lead a calm, uncomplicated life you are going to be severely disappointed but if you look at him as an excellent and accomplished horseman then you will learn a lot. If I wanted to learn about golf I would study Tiger Woods because he is very successful but I would not model my marriage after his nor would I go to him for marital advice. If I wanted to learn to putt better I would listen intently.
Well put. I don't really understand this mentality that people have that leads them to feel that 'role models' or mentors or whatever you want to label a person, have to be perfect examples of human beings. I truly think that MR is great with horses, I think he likes horses a hell of a lot more than he likes people and frankly I don't blame him for that. People are people, we, every single one of us go through life making the occasional monumental cock up. So what! Personally I've made a couple of extremely poor decisions in my life, I'm sure that if I ever became famous in some capacity they would be dragged up, rehashed, probably over inflated by the media (because lets face it its the MEDIA, that's its job) and I would be properly vilified as I would deserve to be for "getting above myself- who does she think she is???".
I saw the BBC documentary on MR, it played on prime TV here. Watching him work with an unbroken mustang out in the wild was amazing and to be honest I will remember it for the rest of my life. He is a man who puts his money where his mouth is, he does what he does and makes no apologies for it. When he speaks about people with horses he uses verbs and he shows what he can do. What more do you want from him.