Originally Posted by soenjer55
Frankly what little I know about Hempfling makes me like him, definitely more than Parelli or Anderson. I still don't like the idea of "playing" with a horse, personally, but like I said, there are still things in the video that I appreciate. He's obviously not new to horses and has quite a bit of experience tucked in there. I'm not going to set down any absolutes about him because, like you said, I don't know enough.
I am glad you write this, because if there is one thing Hempfling never does it is 'playing' in the sense of just tolling around, and he is very strongly advicing never to do so because it is really dangerous. He is 100% aware the whole time that every split second is ful of serious meant signals from the horse, and if you read them wrong and react in a way that makes the horse think that you are no longer the alpha, you are in trouble. He works very much with dominance, but he does have a different definition of that word. I guess it is a bit off topic, and I guess it is my fault (sorry folks
) but Hempflings latest essay onj his facebook page describes wonderfully how different he perceives the horse (he also wrote a lot about dominance not so long ago), and I think that is where many people do not understand his approach - he would agree with more of what has been said here than people would expect I beleive, but he simply 'saddles the horse from the other side' if you know what I mean. In any case I do insist that horses which are trained by predator methods might function, might seem nice and well educated, but they are NOT having a deep bond with their human being and they are NOT partocularly happy horses. And I find that sad!