Trust Obedience Respect - Through the Eyes of the Horse
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(May 02, 2008)
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Have watched this DVD again, and I feel compelled to say more about it. Really is an exceptional production in many ways. What struck me was how all aspects of the DVD, from the footage of Carlos riding in the bush, to the music, to the voice overs, to him training the horses, all showed him living his philosophy, it was very unified and cohesive. What also came across strongly for me was seeing life from the horses perspective and the importance of a change in ourselves if we want to improve our relationship with our horses, not just trying a new technique, and that came across clearly when Carlos was training the horses. It was so unrehearsed, so honest, so from the heart, the voice overs in particular when Carlos is riding in the bush. I have got so much already from listening to him. This DVD has captured and portrayed the essence of his philosophy and good horsemanship. --P Sealey, Victoria, Australia
I loved it !!!!!!!!! I was very impressed that on the DVD Carlos uses horses that had the problem he was explaining how to fix. It shows his confidence in his ability and also helps the person watching it, to relate and improve their skills. --K Smith, Queensland, Australia
About the Actor
Carlos Tabernaberri grew up in Gaucho (cowboy) country, where people learn to ride by being put on a horse and working it out themselves. Argentinean horsemanship is based on the Vaquero way, which is a combination of the foundations of classical Spanish horsemanship and cow work or Rancho (ranch) horsemanship. Horses are broken in using a very proud and traditional, but cruel, approach called Doma Nacional (national breaking in). That is why Carlos became passionate about developing horses by establishing a good foundation through understanding, not through the force of a bit. Carlos calls his approach Doma Racional. (rational starting). As a result, Carlos not only worked out how to ride and develop a feel for the horse, but he also spent untold hours watching them to understand them better. As he says, if things weren t working right for me with a horse, it meant I needed to pay more attention to him and what he was trying to tell me. Already known in the US to those who have seen him on RFD-TV or attended his clinics, Carlos prefers to let the horses speak for him. But to give you a better idea of Carlos and his approach: I truly believe there is no such thing as natural horsemanship. What I do believe is that there is good horsemanship. After all, nothing we do with a horse is really natural we re predators and they re prey animals. We continually take from our horses, but rarely give back. Even the simple act of riding puts the horse in a situation where he has little, if any, say. You need to give to your horse before you can ask for something back, and that starts with you. How you think, act, and question. How you work with your horse on the ground. Giving to your horse starts when you re willing to ask yourself a few questions: Am I tentative? Impatient? Aggressive? Stressed? Fearful? These ordinary behaviors can cause extraordinary difficulties with your horse. And if your horse sees you as the cause of his difficulties, he will give you very little in return. When that happens, it s often easiest to say my horse doesn t have what it takes . What s more likely is that your horse has had it all along and you just missed him trying for you. If you re to build his confidence in you and in himself you need to recognise and reward him each time he tries for you. You will see that he will reflect the effort you put in and you ll share a common goal. Having success with horses doesn t depend on how long you ve been around them. Horses don t read résumés. To have success, you need to look for approaches to working with your horse that make sense to both of you. Do not simply follow tradition or what someone else has told you is best. You will know what works for both you and your horse.
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What struck me immediately was how relaxed and unpretentious Carlos is in front of the camera - a natural - which is not only refreshing but nice and comfortable for those watching.
I loved the start - a man and his horse - and I loved the fact it didn't look rehearsed. The horses looked like horses, individuals with real issues reflecting their pasts, personalities, and levels of training which Carlos worked with, and through, with equanimity and patience.
What was clear and reiterated again and again was how important all the basics are, the foundations, and how all the 'fancy stuff' is merely variations on these themes. The simplicity gives all of us as students hope that we can become better horsemen.
I loved the fact that Carlos kept it real - not everything worked to plan the first time - but he persevered, continued working towards his goal, and knew when to quit. All essential lessons in themselves!!
Most importantly, Carlos never loses sight of who the real stars are, and he honours all of them through his words and actions.
Finally, the elements of the production, the photography and the music help create a mood that is both engaging and uplifting.
I am writing from Perth, Western Australia I have just viewed Carlos' DVD and like most of you, I feel we have been blessed to have such a brilliant and gifted horsemen to re-educate us in how to connect with our equine companions from a spiritually, physically and emotional level.
I believe the DVD is an extension from the book and assists those people who have also attended his clinic to cement what they have learnt. If you have attended one of Carlos' clinics you will know there is alot of information for both rider and horse to absorb, so this DVD is brilliant in that it allows us to view over again things that we may have forgotten at the clinic.
It is refreshing to see Carlos using horses that he is starting or re-educating, horses that have real issues and need his assistance to overcome their issues. Carlos is genuine, honest and truthful when working with these horses and this is reflected in how they respond to him.
This DVD inspires us to let our equine companions teach us to listen to them and eventually follow our dreams of being better horse people and being at one with our equine friends.
Thank you Carlos for showing us the way via the horse.
Simple advice from how to catch a horse through to riding tips all filmed in a beautiful setting and a variety of horses used during the filming.
Carlos also has a book that compliments these DVD.