In their own unique way horses “speak” and have been “speaking” to humans for centuries, yet most of us have chosen not to “listen” to them. Instead, we humans have insisted on speaking rather than listening, on telling horses what to do or not to, how to do or not do it and when. And we humans have done so not only with our voice but also with an array of metal, leather and plastic devices many of which would not look out of place in a sadomasochistic dungeon or a torture chamber of the Spanish Inquisition.
Over the years I have been a close observer and student of horses, my own and others, in various parts of the world. During the past decade, in particular, horses have been instrumental in fundamentally changing my life and outlook on it. In the course of this process I have written a number of articles reflecting what I have learned from and about horses while listening to them speak. Based on feedback from others also committed to the well-being of the horse, I have edited and reworked them. The resultant articles have acquired a form which will hopefully contribute to our understanding of these magnificent creatures and the capacity they have to help us become more sensitive, caring, nurturing, reliable and dependable friends to them, ourselves, the earth and all to whom it is home.
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About the Author
Until 2007 horses had drifted in and out of my life but did not make the kind of impression required to draw me from my chosen livelihood, that of an English teacher, then a translator and now slowly moving into writing. Then in 2007 I discovered a different way of being with horses largely due to the influence of the internationally renowned German trainer, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. This is when my life began to change and together with my partner (who later became my wife) of almost thirty years, I moved to Europe with an old dog and a horse in 2011 to start a year of full-time training with him. The experience has been life-changing for me, our horses, and my interaction with them.