Martin’s work has two main lines: one is seeking ever more subtle and precise ways of communicating with horses, primarily at liberty; the other is developing effective ways to teach this sort of communication to humans.
Liberty Training goes beyond the mere training of new behaviours, but rather focuses on actively developing a horse’s qualities such as trust, self-confidence, and especially a desire to learn.
Over the years, Martin has experimented with different training methods: from the traditional ways of the Pampa Indians, through several of the so-called Natural Horsemanship techniques, to Clicker Training and teaching movements through body language. His Liberty work is largely influenced by that of Carolyn Resnick’s, with whom he studied in California. He eventually became a Certified Instructor in Carolyn’s method, teaching several public and numerous private clinics on the Waterhole Rituals.
To his knowledge of horse communication, Martin adds on his background as a language teacher, a instructor of mental techniques for relaxation and visualization, and his own study of interspecies body language to teach a comprehensive way of interacting with horses.
Today, Martin works on a particular way of teaching horses and humans, which spans a variety of behavioural guidelines and training techniques, based on an adaptable and deeply rooted method of emotional, intuitive communication. Martin facilitates bridges between horses and humans, helping them develop healthy emotional relationships which are quite remarkable experiences in and of themselves, while also constituting the best ground upon which to build any performance together.