I mostly agree. But, I do think there are better male riders than CA. They are trainers first and clinicians second (or not at all). Men like Al Dunning, Les Vogt, Bob Avila, etc.
In defense of CA 'bucking out horses'. In the video, he is dealing with badly spoiled horses. Dealing with horses that already know how to buck someone off is a LOT different than the old timers getting on an un-handled horse and riding it out with no pre-training of any kind. When I was a kid, it was not unusual for 'cowboys' to bring in a 5 year old un-handled horse, rope it, throw it, saddle it and ride it all in one day. The next day they would go out and gather cattle on one of these horses.
This is the 'old' image of a cowboy that, unfortunately, is still around today even though that kind of cowboy has long since disappeared. I can remember when the big ranches never halter-broke a colt until it was 5 and ready to 'break'. Thankfully, that has changed over the years --- but the image has not.
I'm afraid there are fewer options for fixing badly spoiled horses. One still has to get a lot rougher on them to make them 'want' to do things in a more acceptable way.
As far as calling it 'Natural Horsemanship'. There is nothing 'natural' about it. I have always just called it 'common sense horsemanship'. You use a horse's natural instincts, its 'flight and herd instincts', to 'teach' it to interact with us in an acceptable way that is advantageous to us and gets a job done that we have designated for it to do.
You tell me there is anything 'Natural' about that.
Last edited by Cherie; 08-11-2012 at 12:25 AM.