I think the video I posted is a prime example of what can happen when people get "bought" into some of the NH trainers, specifically PP, who I have seen more first time (read NO previous horse experience ever) horse owners start to follow than the others. If you have no horse experience otherwise how are you supposed to know how to read a horses behavior, know the early warning signs that the horse is irritated, annoyed, etc? Everyone wants a great relationship with their horse, and that is what these clinicians are marketing for, I can use PP concepts as well as CA, CC, JL, etc and take some things from each, but I can see that ONE way will not work for every case. I think Hempfling is in a completely different category than the NH'ers, I did not see an annoyed, stressed, or disrespectful animal in his video, although I do not like that the horse was allowed to rear so close to him, I understand that it is his thing, he trains circus horses, and that is something they are taught to do on command. He seemed like he knew his horse, and was confident, and his horse the same.
There are some things you cannot teach over a DVD set. They may be helpful to people who already understand the inner workings of horses, but if you are an equine virgin, nothing can teach you what hands on, individualized lessons and training from a real live knowledgeable horse person can. I personally like CC myself, but I can honestly say I have taken things from almost all of the NH trainers and applied them to training. An acquaintance bought into PP and I did some of the games with her, they confused and frustrated my gelding, and honestly hers as well, so I stopped, she continued and had a horribly disrespectful 4 year old welsh pony who would rear, needed a chain over the nose for barn crew to bring to his stall and turn out, and was just plain nasty. She was a first time horse owner, was confronted on his behavior because it is dangerous for anyone to handle, and was politely asked to leave because she would not take anyone's advice on how to help her and her horse NOT be so disrespectful and down right dangerous. Don't know how she is now, but she was well on her way to being killed, and couldn't see that even if it hit her in the face, and it hit her in the face multiple times.
So, that is my rant... Not one of these clinicians are the "messiah" of all things horse. I just wish people realized that BEFORE they bought into the hype. Especially the first time horse owners.