How Different ??

What exactly makes this alternative paradigm to our present equine training and manipulation so ‘different?’ Well actually, everything! Different philosophy. Different perception. Different values. Different association and interactives. Different goals. Different relationship!

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Second Renaissance

In the last generation, the phenomenal interest expressed by horse owners worldwide has been focused in three basic areas. Acquiring a greater in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Horse in his natural environment and herd dynamics. Searching for more compassionate, humane methods of training. The last, and perhaps most difficult to define, is the feeling […]

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No Round Pen or ‘Training Aids?’

Q. Why are no ‘aids’ allowed? A. Simply put, because they are not needed. The alternative paradigm offered here goes far and beyond ‘animal training formats’ to establish an intimate relationship most horse owners dream of, but rarely ever attain with their horse. Thus it has no need for the commonly accepted ‘tools of the […]

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A New World of Horsemanship?

While sharing noninvasive, nonviolent time with the horse, offering treats and tactile association (rubs and massages) can be beneficial, they neither encompass the entirety of essential steps of a bonded Peer Attachment relationship with a horse, nor do they develop a maximum degree of reciprocal communication, absolute trust or complete understanding. That is exactly what […]

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The Search

We would strongly suggest the very FIRST place to start is learning more about the specifics of the animal they are dealing with from the empirical studies of equine ethologists and research scientists. Why? Why learn about the Horse in his natural environment? Why take the time to learn about equine instincts, culture and herd […]

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No Training?

Our next step would be understanding the clear distinction between ‘training’ and prioritizing/establishing the Peer Attachment (friendship) relationship with our horse. To do this we would first have to have to understand the distinction between building an extremely intimate relationship with a horse and ‘training.’ Using this alternative paradigm the horse would first learn various […]

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What is Friendship Training

Friendship Training is the only known format that is specifically designed to overcome the huge abyss of misunderstanding between horses and humans and prevent the recurring generational problems caused by traditional training methods. Friendship Training is also a unique experiential and life enrichment that can only be gained by creating an intimate, interspecies friendship with […]

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The New Horse

Nowhere on the face of the earth is there a more convoluted human activity. No license, no basic requirement of one’s knowledge, skill or understanding is required. Simply plonk down the money, and drag your horse back home

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Revelation

Can horses talk? Actually, I suppose one could say that they are "talking" every minute of their lives. Can horses talk to humans? They certainly try very hard to communicate to humans using a great variety of methods. Unfortunately, more often then not, we either aren’t listening or we misinterpret what they are trying to […]

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Reality

Each year, thousands of horses are bought, and later on sold by their disillusioned and disenchanted new owners and passed on to someone else as either "untrainable" or "just too much horse" for their owner. Quite often, they are taken to the killer plants where they are butchered for meat after every traditional method of […]

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Potentials of Interspecies Relationships

by Charles H. Mintzlaff An evaluative dissertation contrasting the detrimental effects of relational and cultural traditions embodied in contemporary equine management and training versus an alternative paradigm. ~ Proclamation of Origin ~ I do hereby state that to the best of my knowledge and belief the following submission is of my own research, development and […]

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Perspective

Perspective: Noun. a. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective. b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance;a point of view. c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance. Sometimes, when […]

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Life is a matter of choices

"And living with the rewards and consequences of those choices" – part 1 – The loud yelp of shock and pain exploded, shattering the quiet, early evening air like a china plate smashing on a concrete floor. It was instantly echoed by the crunching snap of fence boards mixed with the dirt-softened thud of a […]

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Lady’s Hope

Hi! It’s me Lady again! I don’t know why all the other horses picked me to be spokesperson as I’m “lowest on the totem pole” in our herd, but here I am! They all wanted me to add a little explanation of what our Grandpa Chuck calls “Friendship Training,” and why we think it is […]

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