Friday, November 5, 2010

Klaus Hempfling

Klaus Hempfling, who is he and why do I want his books and videos? He is so quick in connecting with dangerous horses. It isn't magic. He has the understanding that the horse is searching for.  All 3 books, I highly recommend. Klaus Hempfling helps you with how to be a leader and allow the horse to use his mind. He wants every horse to be strong, independent thinkers so the bond between you and your horse is strong and stays strong. Klaus Hempfling gives you tips on how your body should move in a walk, trot, and canter movements. He also talks about the importance of collection for every horse whether you are trail riding, barrel racer, etc.  These books and videos are worth every penny.  He has helped me with dealing with my abused and neglected horses from just reading his books and watching videos.  It's been an amazing journey for us here at Dogwood Lane Horse Sanctuary.

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A personal interview with Klaus about connecting with horses, with fundamental insights. ‪ This video describes important parts of the fundamental work of the horse therapist, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling.

For a better and correct understanding and to avoid misunderstandings, it is important to connect the shown video with his background, which we are adding in the following lines: 
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling continues shaking up equestrians all over the world, with response in all fields like natural horsemanship, horse whispering, classical and freestyle dressage, equestrian sports, western riding, endurance and eventing. He is at the forefront of new ideas on working and interacting with horses and is known for amazing groundwork with breeding stallions, considering their special potential and necessities. He considers the horse's psyche and communicates via body language with these beautiful creatures. His first book, 'Dancing with Horses' met with overwhelming international success, especially in pleasure riding and natural riding.

One of the newest publications with huge impact is The Path of The Horse by Stormy May ‪­.‬ where Hempfling is portrayed. 
One of his specialities is the work with difficult horses, like in this video - he transforms dangerous, nervous, traumatized horses into cooperative companions. They recognize him as their leader, and become willing partners in groundwork and under saddle.
With a handful of known names like Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli, KFH is influencing the natural equine handling at top level. 
A number of main articles on his horse work have recently been published in Horses For Life ‪‬ 

Very important for Hempfling is in general to interact in all field as long as the activities accord to the horses nature. He is therefore also training and coaching horse-people from fields like show jumping, baroque and artistic dressage, driving, racing, working equitation, doma vaquera and garotcha. 
KFH also talks about issues like join-up, round pen, bullfight with horses (rejoneador de toro, toreros, represented by Pablo Hermoso Mendoza, Leonardo Hernandez and Bohorquez), and barefoot riding, natural hoof care, bareback riding, rein-less and bridle-less riding.

His own riding system Balanced Weight Riding starts with thorough groundwork and lunging at liberty, building up the potential for the exercises of the High School Dressage (Haute Ecole), like shoulder-in, Spanish walk, passage, piaffe, half-pass, flying change, which all origin in the horses natural movements and may be performed at completely loose reins, in contrast to English dressage (represented by names like Helgstrand and Grunsven), and the conventional classical dressage (represented at Cadre Noir, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art).

Genetic changing in breeding, horse characters and horse types are also topics in KFHs repertoire, which he employs with all horses (What Horses Reveal). You will often find him with horses of baroque breeds like Lusitano, PRE, Lipizzan, Knapstrup, and Friesian but he is also very attached to the natural horse types like Arabian, Criollo, Welsh, Welsh Cob, Haflinger, Icelandic and Connemara.

His approach is valid for all horses and everyone may feel at home in these authentic basics of Equus. In his courses therefore also riders and breeders from totally different styles are learning how to gain the friendship of their horses, often associated with breeds like Quarter, Thoroughbred, Pinto, Irish Cob, Paso Fino and other horse types. 
One may say that he is meanwhile one of the leading names in the issue animal and especially horse welfare, as well as wildlife, roots in nature and animal communication.

Hempflings professional background is in the fields communication, art, theatre, music, study of native people and cultures. He lives on a small island in the Danish Archipelago where he conducts exclusive courses for people from all corners of the world.