He says that it happens shortly after he meets horse and this "have a patience and your horse becomes to trust you" is a very wrong approach.
I actually couldn't understand it, because as far as I have red from this forum - everyone is taking lot of time to get to know their horse and show the horse that horse can trust his human. So I would love to start discussion about this subject - can relationship and trust happen between a human and a horse suddenly or do we need time and patience for building it?
What you have to understand is that Hempfling is a master of body language. Body language IS the language of the horse. If one comes to learn what each nuance in our stance, our focus, the tilt of the head, the placement of the arms and shoulders, all means to the horse in general (and we can speak generally as most horses read the signals similarly) then we have a clearer and more immediate path to their trust. The reason is that trust is built upon understanding. Once a horse can understand us, they can trust our actions if we are consistent. Consitency comes from practicing until it is second nature.
I'm a long way from this. I hope to get better.
But the point is, for Klaus himself, I have no doubt that it can happen in seconds or minutes. His method of getting the horse's attention is a key, because if the horse is focused on him, he will see sooner that Klaus speaks the truth with his body language. His body emotes (is that the right word?) what his mind is thinking.
This isn't as easy for so many of us mere mortals
because we do not have the self control to completely drop energy from our bodies as a pressure release signal. Klaus DOES work with pressure/release, but he does so with such incredible subtleness that most people can't see it...but for the horse, that relies on subtle body language for communication, it is clear as a bell. And very quickly Klaus can win the trust of a horse.
Personally, I do not equate this initial trust with a deep bond that must be developed over time, because I really think that proof of consistency in our intention OVER TIME is needed for more diffucult horses. Even for Klaus.
So again, for all of us that are more ordinary in our journey...those of us still learning by trial, error, success and observation (those of us who don't have Klaus next door to help us learn directly) then time is essential for us to figure out HOW to win the trust, and then even more time to build the deeper bond.
So for those who are willing to take the time to learn what is right for a particular horse, then taking a long time to build the relationship is the RIGHT thing to do. So in that regard I disagree with Klaus (or the translation of what he said) that it needs only to take a few minutes.
It only needs a few minutes for HIM...but for us, we naturally need more time.
I have been told that my success with Tam (who didn't have any emotional issues at all, other than being a naturally sensitive horse) is due to the fact that I took all the time that he needed to accept the pressure of training...and even if we only use a clicker and treats, there is always some pressure present (for instance, when asking for more enrgy in a try). And in fact, I've come to realize that the clicker and the treats allows me to condition Tam to accept and trust even awkward or wrong body language from me. This takes time. Lots of it.
So do not take everything he says as gospel. He is often speaking of himself, and I'm sure, wishing that everyone else knew what he knows. But we don't. At least not yet. And it's right to question even someone like Klaus because if one could speak directly to him, over a nice tea on a long, warm evening, that one could get him to come to the conclusion that not everyone will fit into his idea of perfection, and that many are "close enough" and will simply need more time to get the success with a horse.
All in all, kindness and patience will always help one make up for any lack of knowledge in body language...it has helped ME tremendously!
If Klaus , in his seminars, teaches people directly how to learn to use their body language, then he is teaching a very valuable art. I would attend one of his clinics (or possibly many!) if I could.