Originally Posted by SPhorsemanship View Post
In the modern world, horses have to do things, whether we like it or not. If I could, I would do classical dressage, and work on forming relationships and have better, back and forth communication. It's hard for that to be done and people these days don't want to spend the time doing that and they don't have the experience to do that. Please read my former post.
Don't understand the relevance of the above comments. Don't get what 'modern's' got to do with anything, or dressage. Sure you're not, but sounds like you're saying to justify your suggestions because you don't have the time or skill it takes to do it properly...?
It sounds like you come from a natural horsemanship way of training? I understand where you are coming from and from your earlier post could you explain how you "earn a horse's trust"? Have you ever worked with a dominant horse?
Without another essay... Yes, you could say I'm a 'NH' type, for what it's worth. That lable has come to mean everything & nothing these days, IMO. But to me, it's more about mindset and effectiveness. Firstly my mindset is that I believe it's important to treat everyone with respect & consideration, be it horse, human, ...husband
. I don't believe I have the right to be a bully to anyone, just because I want something they may not want to give/do. As for effectiveness, I have studies equine behaviour and ethology, and have studied & practiced behavioural psychology. These things are at the basis of my approach and methods. I find behavioural theory to be very effective. There are many ways to skin a cat, so to speak. Just because I don't think it's right(or often effective or safe) to try to bully a horse into stuff doesn't mean I accept bullying from them. Also doesn't mean you can't get them to change their tune for you & end up *wanting* to please you, despite themselves.
Earning trust is one thing - it first & foremost entails not forcing the horse into stuff. Earning respect comes out of that. FWIW, have been training & retraining horses for a long time & have worked with a number of horses labled 'rogue', 'vicious', 'untrainable', 'nasty', etc, etc. I have found most of these horses are actually that way due to fear & confusion, but there have been a fair few who were not at all afraid, just what you call 'alpha' attitudes. How about you? How many 'aggressive' horses have you worked with?