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Dancing with Horses Hardcover – February 28, 2001

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This first English-language edition of a European best seller shares Hempfling's unique horse training techniques, which are now catching the interest of North Americans. The author's approach combines his backgrounds in communications, theater, and dance with more traditional means. The result is an unusually harmonious relationship between horse and trainer, in which there is complete understanding and communication through body language. Hempfling's method has proven successful with all breeds of horses and makes the learning process fun for both horse and rider. Complemented by color photographs, this book is recommended for equine collections and for those interested in alternative approaches to horse training. Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (February 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851317871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851317878
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I own a challenging horse, and have tried many different systems of ground work with her - Parelli, Lyons, Centered Riding, etc. All of them had some effect, but none have really changed her exciteable nature and dominant attitude.
After using some of the exercises in Dancing With Horses, my mare has a totally different attitude. She is much more submissive, much more trusting. It is remarkable.
The book is visually beautiful. The photographs are very helpful in demonstrating the exercises, and are very pretty. The instructions in the text are clear. The horses - and the author - are very handsome, so there are aesthetic benefits as well.
The author describes a certain exercise, and says it will have a profound effect on the horse. I'm accustomed to marketing hyperbole, so I read it, but took it with a grain of salt. And what he wrote was true. Doing that one exercise made an immediate difference in my horse's attitude.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I hope you'll buy it and reap the benefits.
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Happy trails.
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Julie Steele on December 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book held me absolutely transfixed. It is the best horse instruction book that I have ever seen without doubt. I have recently become the owner of a 4 year old thoroughbred gelding who has been taken out of race training. I spent a long time playing with and getting to known this horse in his paddock before I owned him, and this book has given me superb instruction on how to continue with his development and continue to strengthen our bond day by day.
I was becoming very disillusioned with traditional horse training books, which were totally focused on pleasing the rider without any concern for the horse whatsoever. This book is wonderfully visual, very easy to read, very uncluttered and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand horses, because these methods really do work.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Kim Walnes on May 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a former member of the USET 3-Day Team with my horse, The Gray Goose. This book is phenomenal, and is the missing link between natural horsemanship and classical dressage.. Klaus's techniques were learned from Spanish monks who kept alive the traditions of training from the Knights Templar. He emphasizes the person's responsibility in training their horses, and gives clear, consise instructions about how to achieve leadership with horses while maintaining their wonderful spirit and personality. Exercises for both horse and rider are given to achieve oneness in handling and riding, and the spiritual aspect of training is also covered. I have started my own horse over using these techniques, and the effects have been profound and dramatic. I highly recommend this book, and also his video tape of the same name.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Dostine on November 9, 2003
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On initial browse though this book you may be put off by the very flowery language and some of the interesting but not terribly helpful info (like which peasant saddles KFH likes) but do perservere. Many if not all of the principles are the same as other 'Natural Horsemen' however the difference with this book is the effort that KFH goes to explaining and showing with precise photos HOW to use your body to communicate with your horse.
I found that it took a couple of readings to get the best out of this book and have returned to it many times since then. KFH himself states that you should not begin ANY of the exercises until you have read the book from cover to cover and then begun to read it again. I have to agree despite my initial dismissal of this (huh? he thinks I'm simple )
The layout of the book is a little difficult to follow, there are examples of Klaus' work with young feral horses interspersed with clinics that he runs (providing illustrations of the communication techniques that the book is all about) exercises to perform and 'how to ride' chapters.
However, despite all of these foibles I found this book to be very useful. The clarity and detail in both text and photos of specific exercises - such as leading, working on a lunge or liberty work makes up for its shortcomings. For the first time an author details HOW to use your body in groundwork with a horse - the use of mimcry, the positions and 'zones of dominance or subservience' when working with a horse, what signals and actions will get a horse's attention and how to specifically communication such ideas as 'stop', bring your hind end under (collection), turn or come past.
If you wish to improve your communication skills this is an excellent guide.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Bond on September 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author is obviously a very fine horseman, and we are fortunate that he chose to share his insights into that tricky business of dominance and leadership. The body language he uses is different from some of the round pen teachers. More importantly, he combines "Obey Me and Love Me" in the same sentence. In some ways, he also teaches us to be better people. If you want to be followed, be someone worthy of being followed. Carry yourself like someone worthy of being followed.

His model goes back centuries to the training system of the Knights Templar (disregarding any political considerations). Truly a remarkable horseman and a remarkable book, with many, many illustrations.

As a person who works with Thoroughbreds, for whom not much is accomplished by "making them move" because of course that's what they WANT, this book sets forth a possibility that one can lead with dignity and kindness.
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