Unfortunately, you can't read a set of instructions and have a clue how to train a horse. When dealing with cars or computers, you aren't dealing with 1000+ pounds of muscle with a mind of its own. Just because the creature has free will and makes a choice doesn't make him any less
finished. That training and knowledge is still there, but it's up to the rider to ensure that the horse follows that training.
Training a horse is not
like writing a computer program where you can expect an identical result to an identical set of commands every time those commands are entered for eternity. Something with a mind of it's own will begin to anticipate what you want, they may decide that they just don't feel like being "crisp" that day, or they may have their attention broken because one of the other horses in the barn whinnied.
It's not a mathematical equation where x always = 5 like in 2x+3=13. With horses, there is no correct answer because x is variable.
That's where experience comes into play. When I mentioned that 4 years was just a drop in the ocean, I don't know where you got the idea that I was comparing you to Cherie
. I was speaking generally. 4 years is not enough time to learn enough to have a solid base and enough knowledge to understand or utilize some of the more advanced techniques. Unless you spent 20 hours out of every day under intense instruction on different horses of different training levels, 4 years experience simply can't compare to more.
I'm not talking about 50 years of crappy horsemanship. Everyone knows that a crappy horseman is a crappy horseman regardless of whether he's been riding for 5 minutes or 5 decades. BUT, a good horseman with 4 years experience simply won't have the experience or knowledge as a good horseman with 20+ years experience.
So, I'll leave with the invitation for someone who says that the method Cherie described is never
necessary to prove her wrong. Show off your high level reining or ranch horse that executes the thing you ask for perfectly, 100%, every time, without a hint of hesitation or attitude.