Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses
The only reason Buck is making such an impact in the public training world is because he is much much more traditional and takes a more "old" approach on training horses. There are a few things in his method I disagree with, but most of it is great and is bringing the old back in. I like that. I've never liked NH, and Buck is defiantly not an NH trainer. He is bringing the traditional way of training horses back into the public eye. I like and appreciate that.
That is something I like about Buck - he gives a good name to old school cowboys. I don't really care whether a trainer is into natural horsemanship, or any other discipline, as long as it's "good horsemanship." This is obviously subjective in some ways, but I think there are some core principles that run through every discipline.
I don't really have a beef with other natural horsemanship trainers, though I don't follow their stuff extensively. I have a Pat Parelli book published by Western Horseman from the '90s, and I picked out some useful tips from it. I'm just not willing to pay the premium on his newer instructional material, let alone all the other junk he markets.
But I will shell out for a Buck DVD or book, because I know he has high quality stuff that will help me advance as a horsewoman.