Horse Training: Who's Way Is The Right Way?

Written by Andy Curry


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The more I listen to others, read books onrepparttar subject, look at different articles, and watch and listen to tapes,repparttar 125769 more I discover how different people claim their methods of horse training arerepparttar 125770 correct ones.

I often find one trainer will adamantly oppose a technique where another will adamantly swear by its effectiveness. Even more interesting, each has his or her own reasons why.

On one hand, I find it fascinating that trainers think their way is trulyrepparttar 125771 correct way. Onrepparttar 125772 other hand, I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I think other people are persuaded to believe those trainers who push their methods as "the only one".

Why?

Because I've discovered a percentage ofrepparttar 125773 horse owner population think what they learned is all that's available. The problem with that is this: Not every horse will respond torepparttar 125774 technique inrepparttar 125775 same way. Then, a different approach is needed. Ifrepparttar 125776 horse handler doesn't know another technique, he is now limited to knowing something that doesn't always work.

But why wouldn't a trainer believe his is correct? After all, if it works for him then it IS correct...for him.

Personally, I don't subscribe to any one trainer's ways completely. For example, if trainer "John Doe" taught his method and said "do it just like this" chances are I wouldn't. I have my own things that work and some them are similar to orrepparttar 125777 same as what John Doe does.

I'm a BIG advocate of learning all you can from everyone who has something good to show you. Never, never, never learn one person's techniques and be satisfied. If you do, you will miss out on some ofrepparttar 125778 neatest techniques ever. You limit yourself and what you could REALLY do.

Although I push what I know, I'll berepparttar 125779 first to admit I don't know it all and that you MUST learn all you can.

Even if you learn different ways, then you must proceed with caution because some ofrepparttar 125780 things you learn will seem hard to grasp. Sometimes, they'll seem unreachable. At times, they'll seem ridiculous.

Let me cite a couple examples.

A while back, I ordered a video of a trainer from Germany. His name is Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. The video is called "Coming Together".

Unfortunately, this video is more than a bit abstract. It doesn't teach a whole lot but what it does teach is a bit unusual.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not putting downrepparttar 125781 video. Actually, I kind of enjoyed it. Still, when it was over, I felt like I was left hanging.

This trainer uses his body to establish leadership, friendship, and trust. Briefly, he describes what he does but you don't really get how it all fits together.

Clearly,repparttar 125782 horses he works with have a connection with him. But his style of training is quite unorthodox compared to much of what I've seen and read.

Couldrepparttar 125783 average horse owner do what he does and do it effectively? I'd have to say "no" because his methods would require him to be right there with you for weeks (months?) trainingrepparttar 125784 trainer. Not only that, much of what Hempfling explained on tape seemed so abstract. It wasn't easy understanding all his principles.

The worse part is once you've watched this you may think to yourself you could never do what he does so why try to be a horse trainer. That's one ofrepparttar 125785 things that worry me about aspiring horse owners and trainers.

They see someone getting results with horses using seemingly "not from this world" techniques. Then they silently say to themselves, "What'srepparttar 125786 use...I could never do that."

Luckily, there are powerful alternatives. I'll explain in a minute or two.

Another I've studied is a man named Henry Blake. Blake is from Ireland (I think) and grew up with horses all his life. He claims to have a gift with horses that transcend human understanding. After reading his book, I am inclined to agree with him.

Blessing of the Animals in October

Written by Louise Louis


Each October, my dog and I participate in one ofrepparttar nicest celebrations a pet and owner can share -repparttar 125768 Blessing ofrepparttar 125769 Animals, a Catholic tradition that is duplicated by other denominations.

Don't worry, I'm not going to try to convert anyone! I'm just going to describe this celebration and suggest that those church goers among my readers might see if their church offers something similar.

Both our local Episcopalian and Lutheran churches have similar celebrations.

The Blessing ofrepparttar 125770 Animals commemoratesrepparttar 125771 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) and his love for all animals. St. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy around 1181; foundedrepparttar 125772 Franciscan Order of Monks; and died in 1226.

Inrepparttar 125773 celebration which often takes place outdoors, a priest sprinkles holy water on your pet and saysrepparttar 125774 following:

"Blessed are you Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish inrepparttar 125775 sea, birds inrepparttar 125776 air and animals onrepparttar 125777 land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters.

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