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post #11 of 14 Old 12-11-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I suppose it's because when someone posts only one time and only one thing, such as this exact same thing on another forum....you get suspicious as to their real intention.
Hey GotaDunQH, no bad intentions here. Just curious and wanting a hear from more people.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-11-2011, 11:42 PM
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My view on training is pretty basic. The best training method is the one that works. I don't care where it came from. If it works for me and my horse, it's good.

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I will chime in on this one. Even though I think that most any training method works to train (which is obvious through all of the different trainers out there), I do feel that natural horsemanship has opened the eyes of people to try and understand the horse more which inturn is a win win for horse and rider. And also I think it can help you train a horse faster and better as well.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-13-2011, 01:14 PM
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I believe that the best trainer is the kind that does not rule anything out (unless it is cruel) that could benefit their horse. I suppose if we were categorizing ourselves I would be in the natural horsemanship group, but that doesn't mean that if I was training a horse that I would not consider all methods of training.

There are some "natural horsemanship" trainers that I have met that make the mistake of putting "conventional training" on a level of cruelty to horses. Horse cruelty is whipping scared horses etc. Although I am not 100% sure how I feel about bits, riding in a snaffle bit is not animal cruelty. I believe that there is no such thing as a "bad horse that can't be trained". I believe that horses and humans have a mutual agreement and the lines can sometimes get blurred between "I am here to serve the horse" or the just as bad "I am the boss! I rule this horse!" attitudes.

To me, we provide horses with love, care, shelter, food, water and the all important leadership and with that the horse offers us whatever he/she can. Also I believe that some people are too tough and some people make the mistake of rolling over and letting the horse trample them. People have to be realistic too. Horses are big and weigh a lot more than us and we have to be careful not to get too lovey dovey. For instance, a while ago my horse was scared and spooking and jumping into me and I would go "Oh its okay Rosie, I'm here sweetie" That was a big mistake because she wasn't looking for me to stop whatever was scaring her, she was just bulling me over.

So basically haha I think it is a tough but, possible balance.

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