In the 90s, Monty Roberts was one of those who made me think about the horse's psychology and instinctive behavior. This was a step in a new direction for my own liberty work with the horses. The horse gets sent and moved, so that the human thereby proves leadership competence. However, I use this only in a very small communicative form as an "identification method" for new and especially young horses in order to have a "standing", but I think absolutely nothing of "functionalization". No horse should be pressurized to "yield”, but pressure should be used as a maximum that the horse starts to communicate.
Then I turned to Pat Parelli's work and attended courses by Silke Vallentin. Silke's work always focused on fairness, trust, partnership and the knowledge of the communication of horses. Here, pressure and pressure levels were once again elementarily processed. Since horses in the herd communicate with each other in different pressure levels, this was chosen as an approach in the language, in such a way that there is always a very gentle entry with much praise, which is built on the body language.
Heinz Welz rather treads the path of humanship, that is, to coach people in their self-reflection. His attitude is that you do not have to be born to horse-man in order to be able to handle horses (or at least to learn it). The only thing you need is the ability (and willingness!) To communicate, because this ability and willingness is partly underdeveloped in our people and so our relationships are often disturbed. His work focuses on (re) discovering and bringing out these qualities of good communication within us. You learn to actively "talk" with the horses in their language, the body language. Above all, it is about watching horses, and not with the eyes, but the feeling, the intuition! Those who know the typical movements of horses, who know how to communicate sensitively with horses in exactly this way, will experience that their horse follows him safely and calmly. It does not matter if the two-legged human is sitting on the four-legged horse, or if he leads him on foot to the stable, to the vet or to the pasture.
Since 2012, I also take courses with Honza Bláha. In addition to his structured communication and gymnastics training, it was important for me to learn even more about how to build communication so that both sides have their say. Horses should also be allowed to say no and that the pressure is not increased until the escalation. That would be a relatively alternative communication for the horse, as it has no chance to have a say. It means reading the horses and answering them in a language they understand. Body language coupled with consistency, consistency and clear signals. In addition, understanding for the needs of horses.