Could there possibly be such a profound difference between horsepeople?
What is it really that a knight applies to be with his horse?
If you are watching Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling working with horses, you quickly see and feel for yourself that there is something you can not quite put your finger on. It is intriguing, and challenging, but at the same time calling you forward to a place which most of us have only found in our dreams.
So really, whatis it about this man with the name of Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling that truly sets him apart from the rest?
I would like – briefly – to take you down the road of what is, and has been. Horses were used to help us make our lives easier by carrying us or pulling things etc. Mostly horses have been hit and forced into submission in a very physical way.
Then a change inthinking and society made us look at horses in a completely different way, all of a sudden we realised that the horse is maybe more than just a means to an end. Still the enormous power of a horse was there, but we did not want to use physical means to control it. We developed a new medium using the horse's psyche to find a more subtle means of controlling it by manipulation.
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling approaches the horse in a completely different way, even though it might look similar. His approach is to first characterise the horse. In his book "What Horses Reveal", he relays to his readers how he sees the horse and its character. Knowing who he has in front of him guides him to take the first appropriate step to the first encounter with this dignified creature.
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling takes his queue from the horse – moment by moment – and interacts accordingly to create a platform for the horse to shed its armour and traumas, and transform itself into its authentic, natural state of being – becoming alive, showing its beauty, and finding its own strength and joy.
When then Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling invites the horse to dance with him the audience is taken by the sheer magic of the moment. Something has been touched within each and every one – forever!
Needless to saythat this is the reason why his first book "Dancing with Horses" had an instant world wide success and is a long standing and best seller in the horse world.
Many people travel thousands of kilometres to see this man work live, to be trained by him, to get a feel for this magical energy that transforms worlds. His recent workshop saw people from 21 nations lining up on a small island in Denmark tobe taught "How to be with your Horse".
There is absolute amazement in the grace and dignity that Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling brings to the horse as the horse develops its natural abilities under his gentle but powerful lead.
Dressage competitors generally believe that the only way to get the high level dressage movements out of the horse is to ride the horse from behind and onto the bit. Klaus now opens up a whole new way to perform these exact movements with thehorse in a graceful, powerful way from the ground only without any physical restraints. Through his full body awareness he is able to guide the horse into an elevated collected movement, shoulder in etc. From this the horse discovers its own expression of joy which enhances the natural and powerful muscle development.
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling is interacting with the horse in no other way than with his own energy, body, mind, and spirit achieving a connection which allows them to dance with each other. The power, the elevation, and the spring the horse displays is just this magnificent.
Is he or is he not – a Knight amongst horsemen? You are the judge.