Ran across this vid on YouTube. I've been preaching about the phony practices of Natural Horsemanship for a long time. If I remember right, my very first post on this forum was a rant against NH. It's not their method I dislike, it's the constant ridicule of cowboys and their "techniques". They'd like the general public to believe cowboys just whip a horse into submission. Just get on and spur the hair off of em and jerk on their face. Well, I'm here to tell you folks, they don't do things that way. Maybe they were tougher on horses 50 or 100 years ago, but EVERYBODY was harder back then! And I can tell you, the cowboys I know are easier on a horse than most horsemen, especially when they get one handy and dependable. When they can go do a job and make their living on an animal, spend day after long day in the saddle, and love every minute of it, do you really think their going to abuse the great animals that make their lifestyle possible? Hell no they aren't. There are a couple video clips these TV clinitians use (showing men in hats whipping, and horses rearing) and they've run it into the ground.
This video is a perfect example. I think Clinton is a great hand, and probably bar-none the best male rider I've seen. His horses perform and his techniques work.
However, watch at 1:06 how he ridicules cowboys and "their methods" of bucking horses out, but in this 3 minute video, he's seen bucking 4 horses out, whipping with a longe whip and a traditional whip, horses crashing fences, and at least 2 horses flipping over backwards.
So me deal is...if that's what you do, fine. I don't have a problem with his program. But don't criticize and accuse cowboys of being crude and rough, then whip and knock and crash in front of the world. People don't be stupid. And all of these NH guys do this, not just this guy.