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post #11 of 36 Old 09-12-2007, 12:50 AM
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Horsemanship is wonderful! I do it to all of my young horses. I personally think it opens the key to get to know your horse better, to build trust with them.

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post #12 of 36 Old 09-12-2007, 03:30 PM
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Yep, I love NH! I follow Parelli myself and it is WONDERFUL!
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post #13 of 36 Old 09-12-2007, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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YAY!! Some NH's!!!

I would love to know more details about where you guys are at with your horses!
I have not been doing it too long with my mare, maybe 6-8 months. And so far i have float loading perfect, a great draw, backing nicely, hind & fore quarter yeilding and side passing and changing directions at lunge all at Liberty.
I'm now trying to work on the one rein stops...
does anyone have any tips?

My mare was a race horse, so she was quite highly strung and only really knew forwards in a straight line, so she has come a very long way....

love to hear some others and get some tips!
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post #14 of 36 Old 09-12-2007, 10:41 PM
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Don't mix up "natural horsemanship" with good communication.
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post #15 of 36 Old 09-17-2007, 03:16 PM
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Miss Dent, what exactly are you wanting to know about a one rein stop?
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post #16 of 36 Old 09-17-2007, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Spirithorse. Thanks for replying.
I am starting right from the begginning with my horse and have got to the one rein stops now.
When asking to stop, i prepare- stop riding with my seat and run my hand down the rein to warn dent, then put my leg on to disengage the hind quarters and at the same time bend the head around in an indirect rein and look at her rump. I have practiced this for 2 days, now she is getting it on the leg aid. so i only have to stop riding, warm with my hand movement down the rein and whan i put my leg aid on for disengagement she is stopping and flexing her neck around.

Is this the way everyone does it? I can always learn is good to get other peoples tips and opinions, especially since i am only quite new to NH. So if you have an improvements i can make, please let me know.
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post #17 of 36 Old 09-23-2007, 09:35 AM
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FlyingB I think it was said, "Don't confuse 'natural horsemanship' with good communication." I have to say, I thoroughly agree.

Horsemanship, is horsemanship. It is not natural to the horse, nor to the rider. It is something they both have to work at. All horsemanship is the same- it is listening to your horse, working with your horse (not against him), building a relationship with your horse, and being knowledgable about what you are doing. Some people claim they are horsemen, but they are merely riders. There is a huge difference. But if you take a look at all good horsemen, they all have one thing in common- they have good communication with all their horses.

There are different methods of horsemanship, and I guess Natural Horsemanship is just one of them. I probably use some of the methods as well- but I don't follow one paticular way of doing things. I watch people, take things from them, and develop my own way of working with horses.

Sorry, nobody get mad. Just my two cents.
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post #18 of 36 Old 09-26-2007, 03:09 PM
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With the one rein stop, the way I learned did not involve any leg aids. The way I see it, for what it's worth, is that there is no need for the leg aid when using a one rein stop. It's for an emergency, and when you bend the horse's head around, he's automatically going to disengage the hind quarters, therefore taking away his power. So he doesn't need us to use a leg aid. But that's just my opinion.

I'm glad things are working for you and your horse! Sounds like you are getting some good communication going.
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post #19 of 36 Old 09-30-2007, 06:35 AM
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Spirithorse, I agree with you. The one rein stop should only be used in an emergency. (as spirithorse described to do) I would not get the horse used to the one rein stop as a stopping method (full time)

On another note, Sweetiepie16 what are your thoughts on Clinton Anderson?

To me, NH is an overused "buzzword" if you will. Now a days, almost everyone claiming to be a trainer says they use NH. I don't believe that it is actually one method. More of being IMO "in tune" with your horse, and mostly using more humane ways of starting (not breaking) and training horses.
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post #20 of 36 Old 09-30-2007, 08:15 AM
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Have you done giving to the bit, Miss Dent? That's pretty much the foundation for the one-rein stop. or looking up John Lyons can help. He's really good at that sort of thing.

Just to be argumentative: isn't 'natural horsemanship' kind of contradictory? Because if you think about it, horses naturally would never want anything to do with people. What we do is completely unnatural: telling them to follow a predator, suppress their survival instinct and think out a situation, and be ridden easily. 'Natural' and 'horsemanship' seem rather oxymoronic to me.

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