Some of our German speaking people here may have already heard about Imke Spilker and her book "Selbstbewusste Pferde". She has been way ahead of her times, playing with her horses at liberty, concentrating on perfecting communication and leaving her horses their free will and dignity when nobody even thought about this yet. Her book is a treasure and I have kept it on my nightstand just for reference ever since I got it.
This book will finally be available in English too now, title "Empowered Horses", release date spring 2009, published by Trafalgar and translated by Kris McCormack (who has done a FABULOUS job on translating Hempfling, also).
Imke Spilker also just finished her new website and there is a German and an English version available. The link is http://www.kommunikativepferde.de/
. For the English version just click on "Communicative Horses" right underneath the German title. It's a bit difficult to navigate at first so here's a few pointers for the first visit.
Go to "Information" / "Informationen" first, then you'll be taken into the website in the intended order.
There are links in pages to other pages, some of which you cannot find from the menu -- so, if you don't want to miss anything, you have to try to click on anything in a page that *might* be a link. Also, most (but not all) of the photos have text "hidden" in them. You have to rest your cursor on the photo and wait ..... The site is constantly being expanded, so keep checking back every few weeks or so.
P.S.: I didn't want to post this in the "recommended book" discussion or the "interesting websites" thread because this is actually both and it's all about Imke Spilker's training method.
I'll keep you posted about the definite release date!