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“You have a leadership problem with your horse. Your horse does not recognise you as a leader.” Your trainer may have said this to you on occasion or something similar to it. As a result, you may have shrunk into your shell and seized the first opportunity to slink off quietly to find a quiet […]

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Have you ever experienced it? You and your horse are walking side-by-side. It may be on a forest path, a hill track, anywhere. Your horse’s breath is raspy and warm against your forearm in the cool of the morning, comforting almost. You relax into an even stride. The four-beat rhythm of the hooves scuffing the […]

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Shortly before Christmas I received an email message from Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling announcing, amongst other things, that an English translation of his German book Die Botschaft der Pferde (literally “The Message of the Horse”) is about to be translated into English and will be published by Trafalgar Square Publishing this year. For those of us […]

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Last month Vicki and I attended the first two days of a three-day horse and human clinic given in the Netherlands by Noora Ehnqvist, a young Finnish horsewoman and former student of and assistant to Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, who has taken what she has learned from the master who dances with horses and others to […]

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When the celebrations following the inauguration of the Netherlands’ first king in 120 years descended into the calm of the early hours of May, only two client horses remained munching on their straw bedding in our livery yard. Little did they suspect that they would not spend another night in those stables. The Ice Queen, […]

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