Even though I am not a Henchman fan, I think it was an excellent clinic report jam packed with good information. Also, there was a link to other people's reports of the same clinic.
I have to wonder about the riders and horses that attend his clinics. It seems (according to reports I've read) that most every horse comes to the clinic with a host of issues that Gerd miraculously improves with one of his rides in 2point. Of course, we know all horses and riders have things to improve, but it sounds like his clinics fill with not-quite-sound horses or horses that are not very well trained or ridden.
I'd be interested in seeing some video of the clinic participates riding their own horses.
Ilona - then people would understand how to make money by playing on other folks' heartstrings..... Heuschmann is an opportunist who saw a chance to make money when the first cries and doctored videos of RK appeared. Nothing more and nothing less.....
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I think Dr. H. has an excellent message. The book and DVD are great ways to spread the message. He can only be in one place at a time. And to me, if he makes a ton of money on their sales, good for him!
"Understanding the theory of riding is an essential basic so you can choose the right methods during practice. A rider will need to continue to search for the best methods throughout their whole riding career because of the dimension and complexity of this subject.Therefore, we will never reach the point where we can say: "Now I know everything."
On my search looking for the truth I have met many people that share my experiences, opinions and ambitions, and I've met some that have completely different ideas. I would like to advise every horseman never to judge different philosophies before having tried them because we can learn a lot from each other. On the other hand: Never accept training methods, which are based on constraint and subordination of the horse by force!"
He's not advocating that his way is the 'best, only, right' way. His background in veterinary medicine, bio-mechanics, training, and teaching has given him the ability to translate this for the benefit of the horse----to assist the horse with a sound and happy life. To give the rider the tools and information to put to use, to that end.
Whether or not you privately or publicly agree with him, he raises valid questions and gives his answers based on his studies. I think it's quite counter-productive to dismiss - out of hand - any new ideas, just because training methods resulted in whatever your personal goals dictated, and you feel it unnecessary to continue any other methods of training or education.
It seems such a touchy subject when people with different ideas and methods become popular. Instead of reading, investigating and deciding for themselves, it is always yea, or nay, or resistance to opening their minds and thinking, many times reaching a conclusion based on the highest percentage of what most people or most of their friends decide.