This real-life "horse whisperer" combines methods from the popular 1998 Robert Redford film with his own techniques to effectively communicate with animals.
Some of the amazing things that 35-year-old Michigan trainer Tim Scarberry's horses will happily do at his request are hopping up on boulders, getting in and out of a pickup truck beds, climbing steps and kneeling in praying positions.
The Flint Journal reports Scarberry grew up handling horses on his family's farm, but was unaware as to how to speak with them. He only learned about the philosophy of natural horsemanship -- the practice of working, training and riding in a way that works with the horse's behavior, instincts and personality in an easy and kind manner -- about six years ago.
Scarberry communicates with horses the same way the animals "talk" to each other saying, "Horses talk to each other all the time but they do it with their eyes and body language. It's all about asking the horse in his terms if he'll allow you to do these things."
The equestrian world is buzzing about Scarberry's talents in animal training and rehabilitation. He has been invited to showcase his abilities at shows in Kentucky.
The father of one son and one daughter credits his strong Christian faith for his success.