I finally got to view Klaus Hempflings Coming Together dvd. I had anticipated that the dvd wasn’t a “how-to” because others had viewed and were disappointed that weren’t going to learn how to tame a Borderline Stallion during the viewing of this 50 minute dvd. Sheesssh… boy, do I now feel ripped off!! LOL!
The reality is this is more of a documentary of Hempfling’s early horse training years with footage of him working in Spain where he wrote and photographed the book Dancing with Horses. It also shows some of the extreme stallions he worked with in his Borderline Demonstrations.
The videography is artistic, which is probably another beef from the camp of “I need it all explained to me in 10 easy steps.” Anyone who has really read Dancing and What Horses Reveal should know by now that Hempfling’s background prior to his time in Spain was in the Arts. He has shown consistently that his interests lie in understanding how the Horse is a Symbol and a Manifestation of our own Humanity; his interests lie in mythology, semantics, and how the horse is a catalyst for our authentic self.
Swwwooosssshhh — went right over 9 out of 10 people who will mostly likely view this dvd.
On the up side for those who read and think, there are some very good segments that clarify things:
– quite long video of him working a mare with the focus on his hands and the body posture of facing the horse. In Dancing, leading the horse properly is probably 70-80 percent of the book. The video can show you more of how he actually interacts with the horse.
– a discussion of the pelvis movement which is more of a groin thrust up and forward then a thrust of the butt down and back. Some good slo mo of how he works a horse at a demonstration using the energy from his pelvis to achieve the stop.
– leading from behind, which he describes as the method the Stallion uses to move his harem. The reality is that Hempfling is the only one I know who has documentation that he really did work with wild herds of horses.
– leading from the front, which he describes as the position of the lead mare.
– a segment of how the word Rider is often segmented into two meanings in our Western Civilization. One thing that English-speakers in the United States may not be as aware of is that root languages have many more subtle variations in the definitions then perhaps English does.
His example is that in Hebrew there is one word to describe the rider that is attached to Royalty and describes a process of “coming together’ as well as a feeling of consequences with the formation of the relationship vs. another word which views the horse as a tool.
– another segment about motivation where he describes the horse that becomes resigned and “gives in” to whatever the human wants and what impact that has on the horses’ demeanor and willingness to perform as the years go by.
I gained a lot of insight myself and will watch it several more times before returning. Perhaps I’ll even have more to write about in the next few days and weeks….