I learned Natural Horsemanship from Klaus Hempfling, in his young years in Spain. Later I also learned to know others who deal with horses in this natural way, such as Nadja van Bitless and more (shamanic coaching with horses) and Pieter Baal Bergen (now deceased).
Natural Horsemanship is based on body language. You work on (and out of) a bond of mutual understanding and trust between the horse and yourself. The bond arises naturally.
The term natural Horsemanship indicates the natural bond that exists between humans and animals. You use a language that the horse understands naturally: body language.
To be good at it you also need knowledge of the psychology of the horse. Once you understand how a horse thinks and learns, you can adjust your handling of the horse accordingly. As a result, you communicate with the horse in a way that it understands naturally and is therefore familiar.
Because your communication to the horse becomes clear that way, it becomes easier for the horse to know (and follow) what you want. This increases mutual understanding and trust. Natural Horsemanship creates a positive and relaxed learning spiral, in which success leads to more success.
Instead of expecting the horse to learn the people’s language (something it is capable to a limited degree only), you yourself can connect to the natural experience of the horse. You tune in to the horse so that it can attune to you. Very natural!
This way of communicating and working can be applied both in the ground work and during driving. It is a way of connecting you use all the time.
Natural Horsemanship has similarities with the dog training. I start with ‘ ground work ‘, this is leading the horse and later let it walk loose, to run a trail. Then there are some tricks to get this going. Working with horses this way is simpler than with dogs.
We often think that people are so intelligent that they respond best to verbal language, but in fact human communication is largely non-verbal, we just don’t pay attention enough to notice that.
It is therefore to be expected that the approach of horses in Natural Horsemanship also helps to tighten your contact on all fronts and you may just learn how you can tune in to other living beings in general.
Maybe it’s nice to participate when I give a workshop in this. If you subscribe to this website, I will keep you informed. On request I also sometimes do this with guests of Peter’s paradise.