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Dancing with Horses [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0851319386
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For master trainer Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, work with horses is comparable to dancing. The primary obligation of riding, he explains, is to maintain the horse s powerful and elegant movement under saddle. Improper training compromises the horse s naturally joyful steps with confusing commands; a horse moves with extraordinary grace only if the request is effectively communicated. In this demonstration, Hempfling teaches us the language of horses. Advising that even the slightest movement conveys powerful information, Hempfling shoes how to use body language to communicate. He demonstrates his methods on wild Pyrenees stallions that are, within minutes, transformed into tame, willing partners nevertheless retaining all their spirit. As Hempfling insists, when the trainer uses language the horse can understand, the horse s movement will always be beautiful, from the first lesson on .

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For master trainer Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, work with horses is comparable to dancing. The primary obligation of riding, he explains, is to maintain the horse's powerful and elegant movement under saddle. Improper training compromises the horse's naturally joyful steps with confusing commands; a horse moves with extraordinary grace only if the request is effectively communicated. In this demonstration, Hempfling teaches us the language of horses. Advising that even the slightest movement conveys powerful information, Hempfling shoes how to use body language to communicate. In this 50 miute DVD he demonstrates his methods on wild Pyrenees stallions that are, within minutes, transformed into tame, willing partners - nevertheless retaining all their spirit. As Hempfling insists, when the trainer uses language the horse can understand, the horse's movement 'will always be beautiful, from the first lesson on'.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By H. Moffett on 25 Dec 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is one that should be read by all riders, whatever their discipline. Hempfling's methods are simple and work totally with, not against the horse using subtle body language to communicate, to the highest levels of training. He appears to deplore the word 'dressage' and is scatheing, rightly, in so many instances, of modern dressage which calls for the horse to be permanently 'between hand and leg'.
Hempfling is aimimg at the ultimate lightness, invisible aids, 'collection on loose reins', which to me, is the epitome of training and so rarely seen these days.
The photos are a joy to behold- Klaus-Ferdinand's seat is exemplary and the expression of the horses says it all- what a contrast to so many photos of dressage horses to be seen in magazines, winning at the highest levels.Thoroughly recommended.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you a chance at least to visit that place and start to plan your journey. The book has been a long time coming in 'English' but was I am pleased to say well worth waiting for, Klaus is acutely aware of the nature that governs horses and tunes in in a way that most of us can only wish for. If you think it is a book about technique or schooling then look elsewhere, it is about having a framework or a foundation in which to teach yourself how to connect with the horse, so that tools and equipment and rote lessons become superfluous. The pictures are a joy to behold, the diagrams take some study but the answers are there for all those seeking them. I cannot recommend a book more highly for beginner or expert..it takes the power struggle out of horsemanship and replaces it with a one-ness and empathy that is impossible to ignore. I have never felt the need to review a book before but if you want a book about horses..treat yourself to this one, you will not regret it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julie Gagani on 10 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
In this book, K.F. Hempfling, explains a different method of approaching, handling and training horses without any force or gadget, from basic schooling to advanced moovements. Work from the ground, mounted work and body positioning is explained through a comprehensive text and series of photographs. The main goal : achieving natural collection and engagement without rein contact. Although a little controversary to the rule of "keeping a light contact with the horses' mouth" and the known lungeing methods, I found this book a useful reference mostly for horses blessed with the confirmation that allows and creates natural self carriage and collection. A good knowledge of horse training, schooling and riding would be necessary before benefiting totaly from this book. Using positive, senseful thinking and body language, the author guides the trainer and horse lover and/or owner through another dimension of communication and mutual trust with his equine partner.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
At last this wonderful book has been translated into english, and not before time. The book is set out in a clear concise way, with excellent photographs and diagrams to illustrate and enhance the meaning of the text.
Hempfling speaks pure and simple common sense, viewing human-behaviour from the horse perspective, to allow us to communicate with them.
The fine and subtle system of body-language is described well. Hempfling's methods require the absolute minimum of equipment, and he can't emphasise enough that this type of training doesn't use gadgets, but positive reinforcement and gentle, but always clear and firm, instruction.
Up until just recently, almost all horse training books and guides were anthropocentric and the horse has done his level best to understand us. It's time to redress this balance, and truly let the horses speak for themselves.
Anyone who is involved with horses and who wishes to improve their relationship with these wonderful creatures would do well to pick up this book and open up their minds to the possibilities laid out on its pages.
Lets hope that it's not quite so long before his other books are also translated.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Jackson on 7 Jan 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book and of all the natural horsemanship ones i have come across it is the best for many reasons.It is well written, easy to understand, and beautifully illustrated with many photographs.I believe the author truly loves horses and is not just in the horseworld for financial gain.No equire book shelf would be complete without it.Check out the author riding a young horse for the first time with a rope round its neck ! (the horses neck not the author - truly magical - EnJOY!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna in Cliviger on 22 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is what I've been looking for for years. All the nagging questions I had at the back of my mind about whether or not to allow any dominance in my relationships with horses and how an alpha horse really gets respect, whether or not you can play at liberty without pressure have been answered. It has some really useful handing and training tips and although you would probably need a grounding in horse psychology or natural horsemanship to truly appreciate it, I think it has a lot to offer a newcomer to horsemanship. I wish I had known about this book long ago. Respect without punishment, agression or force is possible and Hempfling shows you how.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane in Hampshire on 7 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are truly interested in learning more about how much the horse can achieve when spoken to 'in horse language' then this book makes excellent reading. If you are a die hard competitor then forget it. This doesn't teach you Dressage to Music!. This is a great addition to my library of Natural Horsemanship information.
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