Catching game = Monty Roberts Join up. So Monty has his own "language" ?
Zone 1 = bit in front of halter
Zone 2 = from poll to a line from break of whithers to chest
A rather more succinct way of describing parts of the horse I would suggest.
9 step backup is not exactly complicated. It just points out that there are 9 discrete steps to get a backup from your horse. Not a new language, just a description of what to do. Or would you rather each step was described long hand each time it was done.
I don't think undemanding time is "new" language and I didn't need an explanation the first time I heard it to understand it. How would you describe hanging out with your horse in as few words as possible?
The trotting task ??? Never heard of it. But at a guess, without knowing, I would say it involves trotting ?
NO language is onerous to learn if you have the desire to learn it. I speak English and Spanish and Japanese and a wee bit of French. Now that I am older, it's a lot harder to learn new languages, so maybe that's part of my resistance.
as for describing backing up as having 9 steps (not horse footfall, he means stages), that makes me focus on getting the NINE, not eight or two or six, but NINE, steps IN ORDER. While focussing there, I cannot focus on the horse and how it is or isn't paying attention to me. Working with horses is a feedback loop. If I am mentally thinking about steps and whether or not I am doing things in that order and all, my mind has left the feedback loop and is on some thing that isn't even THERE at the time, a concept .
I need to be THERE, 100% in mind and body.
So, once I learn the 9 steps, I suppose I don't any longer have to do the mental sidetrack to get them available to me to use, but just thinking about needing to keep NINE steps in mind is overwhelming.
and dont forget, there are plenty of times you need to go straight from step 2 to step 8, maybe. if the horse really needs breaking out of it's resistance. but some folks would be dutifully plodding along through each step, because, well, because they are there.