Originally Posted by drop_your_reins
I'm not trying to jump down anyone's neck about what they believe.. To each their own.. I just felt the need to defend the use of draw reins.. I'm personally not into the whole NH thing, but I have nothing against it either.. I have something against people making accusations that a practiced training method is cruel or forceful just because its not the way they would go about it. People have to start seperating the equipment from the abuser. Very few tack items were designed to inflict harm or will inflict harm no matter what. They inflict harm when people go beyond the tack's original goal.
I have seen the NH thing pushed a lot more everywhere lately, so I can see how it might irritate some people, but there are valuable things to help communicate with your horse that some who say they do not practice NH probably uses on a regular basis :) it is just funny because with some people it is like if something gets tagged with the NH name, it annoys them, but it might be something they do anyway in everyday training (such as using the presence of your body to move your horse away from you - NH is big on horses respecting the presence of the human, and moving their feet when pressure is added by that human's presence in a certain way...I am sure many who are not a fan of NH do that). I am not a big NH person either, but I sure have found plenty of NH activities and skills that I LOVE. NH can be mixed in with anyone's regular training routine (if they care to :) ). 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!