Originally Posted by AKPaintLover
I think the problem is more in the NH term...more people probably practice NH but just don't call it that...often, it is just good horsemanship!
Exactly! My problem is that these things have been practiced probably since man first got on a horse. And yet, natural horsemanship shows up only a few years ago and all the big trainers act like it's something different. There are differences, sure but like AK said, it all stems from good horsemanship that most people used already.
But now, it's turned into some kind of good cop, bad cop scenario. The natural trainers are all telling you they can make you a "partner" with your horse so that you don't have to "fight" it with tack like draw reins. AND YET they are all pushing their own line of tack whether it's a bitless bridle or a carrot stick (the name in itself is a contradiction) or most relevant to my point a "natural" hackamore.
You know why people see differences between a "natural" hackamore and a regular hackamore? Because Pat Parelli sells it and slaps the name "natural" on it!
You've probably picked up if you've read any of my posts that I have a problem with NH but not with the techniques. That's because the techniques are not original to these so called Natural Horsemen. They've been practiced for ages. I used to do NH with my horse, and I was amazed at how quickly he picked up on what I was teaching him. After a while, however, I realized that he only got it so fast because it was no different than what I did before using NH.
Draw reigns have no less credibility than anything else a natural horseman will sell you and the usefulness is no more diminished. I will say it again, draw reins are a very straightforward, understandable piece of tack. There is no reason to down them.