Cowpuncher had that same quote in his signature (only it was a cougar, not a dingo) and I couldn't agree more.
I've had people tell me I am a Whisperer because I can deal with horses no one else can. Or ask me what level of Parelli I am at.. and I have to restrain myself from saying something very unprofessional.
I am not a Whisperer. I have never bought a book on training. I've handled some 200+ horses on the ground. I've been dragged, taken off with, bit, pushed, etc. and after dealing with so many different horses, you begin to learn what works, and what doesn't. I believe I have very good horsemanship, because regardless what horse I handle, I can foresee an accident and avoid it.
Anger never works with horses. It just makes them scared and 10 times harder to deal with. Horses like goals, if you reward them for reaching a goal, they like it and strive to do more. Horses are prey animals, understand this and you will no longer get mad if your horse spooks at something really silly (because regardless how domesticated the horse, they will ALWAYS have those instincts).
I tend to get pretty pissy with the Natural Horsemanship people, or the trainers that say "Hey, buy my book and your horse will love you!" or something to that effect. I thought the most important thing was to help the horse and its owner to communicate better with them... not sell out. I understand they need to make their money too. But honestly, the reason they are making the money is because they beat someone else to patenting the training method and slapping their own name on it.
Perhaps the reason I dislike these big name trainers so much, is because so many horse people turn down the help of a real trainer for the help of a book. And I am really sorry, but someone that is completely new to horses should really be learning from another horse person in the flesh, and use books as a supplementary item. The only horse books I ever bought were Veterinary Manuals and Picture books. I finally bought one book on the History of the American Bred horses (all the breeds founded in America) but never have I ever bought a "Horses for Dummies" sort of book. Though, for all my time being around people with horses, I have seen them get suckered into buying these books, but the books just don't have all the answers. I personally think a Horse Forum is a better resource for new horse owners than any book on horse ownership is... but then again, that's because each person is getting handled like an individual, they aren't just reading the same thing that anyone who bought that book reads.. if that makes sense.
I am not saying that these people do not have good training methods. These people know how to understand a horse very well.. why? Just like me, they have handled A LOT of horses. They know what to look for and they have incredibly good Horsemanship. The more horses you handle, the better shot -you- have at becoming a trainer. After handling about 200 different horses, and training 50 additional under saddle, I found that people around the ranch were asking -me- to train their horse. Riding Instructors were asking -me- to teach their lessons when they were feeling sick. I was even asked to judge the English and Western Flatwork/Pleasure classes at two local shows. I literally became a trainer before I even knew it. I didn't realize I was until someone said "Hey, _____ said you were a really good trainer, could you break my horse to ride?"
Im going to make a new thread on "Trainers" in this forum =) Feel free to check that out ^^ It;s going to be about how people very much mis-use the term (i.e. They read a book, handle 3 horses, break their 2 year old to ride, then consider themselves master trainers)
Sorry to be a grump, but I wanted to add my opinion in here =) I am a very sour old gal considering I am only 20, lol.