The natural method of Luca Moneta

When man and horse become one based on mutual understanding: the method and thought of Luca Moneta


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The deepest emotions and the greatest satisfactions, experiences that stay in our mind and help us to grow and improve, are not the sports results but the vibrations, the thin synergies created between a rider and his horse in everyday life. These principles are the foundation of Italian international jumping rider Luca Moneta's method that belongs to the category of Horsemanship, that is ethological equitation based on horse knowledge and respect for nature.

One way to deal with equitation that starts from, and is based on, the relationship with the horses, as well as on understanding their needs rather than on a purely technical and physical point of view. If you start to think in this way, it is clear that the priority is no longer to force the horses to do something, such as a jump or an exercise, but make sure that they choose and decide to do so. The time spent together, the first communication on the ground, the work built up in the freedom of movement and expression of the personality of the horse, the harmonious execution of the exercises, performed simply and naturally, are the objectives of the method of Luca Moneta, based on an understanding of the needs of the horse, on listening before being heard, on the collaboration that comes from trust and on the pleasure of being together. Horses learn to give their best, according to their nature, without restrictions or impositions. This relationship must be established at all stages of the life of the horses, since they are born, during growth and throughout the training. By applying these methods since birth, horses really grow in symbiosis with us and will not suffer any kind of trauma during their growth. In the past, moments like the taming, the first shoeing, or the first jumps were always seen as 'obstacles' to overcome, important events that marked a clear line between 'before' and 'after'. However, by approaching a horse using the Horsemanship method, none of these events represents an obstacle to overcome, if anything, they are just moments of a continuous experience that the horse makes with us.

The first phase of the work is from the ground, starting from the first days of life of the foals, in which they get used to human presence, to touch, caresses, and to wearing the halter, as well as to stay tied and let humans lift their legs, and so on. Once they are grown and used to the stable, between three to four years of age, the taming and training may begin. The horses at the stables of Luca spend several hours outside in the paddock, to be reunited with life in the wild every day. Seen from this perspective, equitation totally changes its objectives, the competitive results become the culmination of a relationship of trust and friendship, which expresses the relationship between the horse, an extremely sensitive creature, and the rider. This is the method on which Luca has based his sport activity that has taken him to achieve the highest international level, also demonstrating that his natural method also allows horses erroneously called 'difficult' to become champions.
Every horse can be a champion.