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A former international professional polo player, trainer of polo ponies and an award-winning 
farrier, Richard Thompson now travels the world helping people to look at life through the eyes of
their horse, explaining the predator versus prey psychology of the horse and how he feels humans can
and must develop trust and respect in their relationships with their horses.

Richard's strengths lie in his ability to explain equine behaviour and instincts, and his ability
to apply this knowledge to high levels of coaching and performance. Horses Richard has trained
have played polo under the best players in the world, including Memo Gracida.

Richard coaches at many stables throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including Reitstall Auhof,
one of the most successful dressage and show-jumping stables in Austria.

His students range from pleasure riders to Olympic contenders.

Richard says: As I learned to read horses from their point of view, my patience grew. I taught my horses
more slowly, and accomplished more with them faster.

The result?
My horses performed better!




Kate Farmer

 Why I hope to get you “Thinking Horse”!

When I started riding, which was a long time ago, I learned that there was one “correct” way
of doing every with a horse – and I, like most other people, never really questioned that. No
one ever explained WHY the correct way was correct, it just was, and if you followed the
rules, things usually worked.

Then, about 10 or 15 years ago, alternatives started springing up which challenged the
traditional “corrects”, and most of them congregated under the natural horsemanship banner.
Now there is a horse whisperer on every street corner, hundreds of different methods, and a
multitude of different “corrects” for everything from how to put a halter on to how to ride a
flying change. But there’s still remarkably little understanding of why any of these “corrects”
are right, or why they work.

In 1997 I had an extraordinary stroke of luck. I met a horse who clearly hadn’t read the books,
and didn’t know what was “correct”. In fact, she stumped a whole succession of instructors
and trainers whose help I sought when my own versions of “correct” failed miserably to
dissuade her from rearing up and trying to tap dance on my head. Eventually, I found Richard
Thompson, an extraordinary horseman with an enormous insight into the way the horse sees
the world. It gradually started to become clear to me not only what was happening with my
little tap dancing mare, but also what is going on behind all the other training methods that
makes them effective or not.

Putting what I learned from Richard together with the findings of modern research on equine
behaviour, I realized that what I had learned from him was only partly about technique. Far
more importantly, it was about understanding the equine mind and how to communicate with
it. This is being confirmed by scientific research all the time, but is largely missing in most
other methods.

Communicating with a horse is, in a very general way, similar to communicating with
someone with a not just a different language, but also a different situation. If you are trying to
communicate with someone who French speaking and blind from birth, you can have all the
French words for colours that you like, they aren’t going to produce meaningful conversation
because that person doesn’t have a concept of colour. It’s similar with a horse. Some human
concepts, such as anger, punishment, or naughtiness, just don’t have any meaning for a horse.
Others, such as leadership, are much bigger and broader for horses than the human equivalent.
Just as Eskimos have dozens of different words for snow, if horses had words, they would
have dozens of different ones for leadership, which has a very different role in horse society
from our own.

Horse language is a body language, so it’s all about movement and posture. That’s one hurdle
for us poor humans, who have put so much faith in spoken words, that most of us have lost
touch with our natural body language and we have to learn it all over again. The next is to
understand the horse’s own society and interpretations of that language so that we can
communicate in a way that makes sense to the horse. Common sense tells us it’s no good
asking the blind person to tell you when the traffic light turns green, but how often do you see
someone angrily punishing a horse for being “naughty”?

I made the “Thinking Horse” DVD to show how important both the body language and the
understanding of the horse’s world are for effective, harmonious communication with our
horses. I hope you’ll find food for thought in there – and that you, too, will start “Thinking


Kate is a judge at http://www.interdressage.com



Anne Beyerly

I started to ride in 1983. For many years I took lessons in riding schools and went trail riding in Austria and Hungary. In 1993 I had a bad fall from a horse and 6 years of chronic back pain was the result.

From then on I had many questions: How do I stop horses from spooking? How do I stop horses from bucking? How can I stop being scared after falling off a horse?

I met Richard Thompson in 1998. I was amazed by all the answers he gave me about how horses think and learn, and how to apply the principles of natural horsemanship to everyday life and work with horses.

For me, Natural horsemanship is not only a way of communicating with horses, it's a way of life. It changed my life so much that I started teaching people to train horses as a day job years ago and it's the best thing that could have happened to me.

Understanding horses is one side of the coin and learning how to ride and teach riding in a better way is the other side. Centered Riding® opened up a whole new world for me. You learn to use pictures in your mind to help your body be more in balance by using your center. Your horse will notice the change. I qualified as a Level 2 Centered Riding® Instructor  in 2009.

Communication always goes two ways. If you are willing to listen to your horse, your horse will listen to you and together you will accomplish things that you have only dreamed of up until now.

Remember: The journey is the reward! Start your journey with your horse today!

Believe me it's an exciting and rewarding one.

Happy trails!
Anne Beyerly

Anne is a Natural Horsemanship trainer, Centered Riding ® instructor and a certified trail ride guide.

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