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This became all too clear in the past week as I saw Anaiis become totally oblivious to my use of the whip in the Magic Circle. We had finished the previous week on an absolute high when she gave me the first tentative shoulder-in while lungeing her. I felt determined, clear and at the same […]

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The challenge

If Klaus Ferdiand Hempfling is to be believed, the key to dancing with horses lies in establishing dominance and trust. Most, if not all of us, assume that trust is essential. The concept of dominance, however, raises concerns amongst many people who are seeking more humane relationships with their horses, presumably because of the negative connotations of the dominant behaviour which defines interaction with horses in conventional equestrian pursuits. The challenge lies in achieving dominance without resorting to dominant behaviour.

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