For those of you who felt it necessary to be a little snide with your response, please note that I said IMO it seemed cruel, but that I was willing to keep an open mind, and I did, and I learned something.
Best thing you could have gotten from it I'm pretty new on here and it's amazing to me how quickly these threads go from someone genuinely wanting to learn to he/said she/said right fighting over opinions. I can't count how many times I've heard my grandfather say "Opinions are like ***holes, everyone has one".
Here's my 2 cents. Read it, watch it, observe it, try it...take the bits and pieces from each experience and tweak it into what makes it feel right for you and the individual horses you work with. Some like natural horsemanship, some don't. There are laid back trainers and agressive trainers. There are trainers who work slower & some who push for deadlines. As there are horses with a million different personalities & quirks. There isn't a right or a wrong, just a combo of what works for each person. You wouldn't send your dressage prospect to a cutting trainer or vice versa, but could each learn something from the other, of course!
Good luck in your training endeavors! It's the best job in the world