Have only read the OP's posting + about 5 in, so I apologize ahead of time if I'm being repetitious ...
I have come on HF & put about 6 (maybe?) lengthy posts about BB and that is about it. I have NO--be clear--NO attachment to the "NH" title that many folks put on their training styles or others have put on the style for them...I simply feel that from what I've SEEN, the training methodologies WORK 99% of the time, with a lot of effort, commitment, & thought involved. (By the way, I am ALL for saddles, bridles, bits, & horseshoes...doesn't matter. If these things are necessary to the job the horse must do/the discipline I intend the horse for, then they will all be used and guilt-free!)...I agree vehemently with the posters who have said that almost NOTHING humans do with horses is "natural"...thus, why must the TRAINING METHODOLOGY BE LABELED SUCH??
Couldn't care less if they labeled "what they do" with these horses, "Mickey Mouse Bull--it Crap Horse Training"...if it WORKS, I'm ALL FOR IT!
Too many folks, I believe, get caught up in the title/the whole "NH MOVEMENT" & stand behind it thinking, "He called it NH so it's warm and fuzzy and NATURAL AND GRANOLA!" That is CRAP, IMO.
I don't like any trainer dissing another, feel it is unprofessional and unnecessary. Allow YOUR WORK TO STAND ON IT'S OWN...that is all that is needed.
The rest of it is marketing and absolutely unrelated to anything that matters to me or any (future) horse I will train or ride. I'll NOT "drink the kook-aide", but I will use some methods and will respect some aspects of various trainers' teachings.
Best to all! B2H :0)
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"