Originally Posted by Syman
...the system seems to revolve around using the horses intellect to make it do what you want rather than using a bit in the horses mouth.
That is true of any trainer. You cannot control a horse with a bit. You can only communicate your desires.
Part of what turned me off was his references to 'pain inflicting devices' - ie, bits. Bits are used for communication, not to inflict enough pain to force submission.
Saying a girth is tight enough if the saddle doesn't bounce isn't something I'd want a new rider to hear...'tighten it with your fingers'. That advice could get you hurt when your horse does more than walk. Posting by moving your legs back and forth doesn't do much for me either. His advice for sitting a trot isn't entirely bad if you are using a western saddle, but isn't so good for someone using a jump saddle. And my horses will trot a lot better if I use a forward seat than if I use his 'lean back' method. Going eyeball to eyeball with your horse is another bit of advice I wouldn't endorse.
If someone followed his methods, I wouldn't let them on or near my horses.