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        09-30-2007, 12:21 PM
      #21
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    M~R~N

    I would have to say that is a weak argument. Dogs would naturally run wild too, but we can train them to be house pets and they are bred, sort of, to be domesticated. Sure, horses are born to not trust people. But what is natural about NH is that we can learn to communicate to the horse, build trust, respect, and rapport with the horse, in a way that he would find easy to understand using horse psychology. Now, I do agree that some trainers out there say they use NH, but I disagree with the majority of them. They don't really understand what's going on inside the horse's mind, they just deal with the horse, and every horse, in the same or similar way.

    Horses adapt very quickly to things. So they learn to adapt in our domestic environments. That doesn't mean that Mother Nature's instincts have gone away, but we can teach the horse to become calmer, smarter, braver, and more athletic, without doing it in a mechanical way that would be very unnatural. It's all about working with the horse's nature and understanding how his mind works. Knowing what's important to horses, what motivates them, was makes them afraid, what makes them resist the human.....all of that comes into play when learning how to be natural with a horse.
         
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        10-01-2007, 09:02 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I personally LOVE it!! It has worked charms on my horses, just one of them, my TB was a nutcase, he was afraid of being in his own skin, I started going to a natural horsemanship coach and he has taught me some life long things!

    Rion(my TB) is now a champion, he is now comfortable in his own skin and he is much more responsive then he was and he has become a lot stronger mentally,physically and emotionally with me.. I am proud of my big boy.

    Natural Horsemanship is great but it may not work on all horses, and it may not be other peoples personal preferences, that is why I hate it when people say that is doesn't work and that it is stupid. Not saying that anyone on here has made me say this but there are some people in the world that definitely did make me say that.
         
        10-01-2007, 09:38 PM
      #23
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    All I will say is that I believe NH will work for ANY horse, but it may not work for every PERSON. I won't say why I think this......I'll just leave it at that :P
         
        10-09-2007, 08:19 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Hi every budy

    Is several good concepts here about NH, I agree with most of them.
    I would be happy to give my opinion for any particular point about NH,

    Best, Ruben.
    www.rubenmorales.com
         
        10-10-2007, 04:02 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Hi M~R~N,
    Yes I have done givingat the nose the the neck and the shoulder, (in the halter not bit) and we have been getting lovely shoulder ins and she is so very soft and willing....

    This is starting to be a great thread guys!!

    And I do agree about NH being a bit of an oxymoron, but what else are you to call it? Its working with the horse in HIS language not making him bow to the pressure of OUR language. And more natural therefore, that 'traditional' or 'normal' training and breaking methods.

    Also I never say I 'work' my horse, because I don't, I 'play' with her!
         
        10-11-2007, 01:21 AM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Miss Dent
    Hi M~R~N,
    Yes I have done givingat the nose the the neck and the shoulder, (in the halter not bit) and we have been getting lovely shoulder ins and she is so very soft and willing....

    This is starting to be a great thread guys!!

    And I do agree about NH being a bit of an oxymoron, but what else are you to call it? Its working with the horse in HIS language not making him bow to the pressure of OUR language. And more natural therefore, that 'traditional' or 'normal' training and breaking methods.

    Also I never say I 'work' my horse, because I don't, I 'play' with her!
    Ha Ha! In our voicemail at home my husband says "We can't come to the phone right now, we're outside playing with the horses."
         
        10-11-2007, 07:59 PM
      #27
    Showing
    A great read for anyone interested in NH is The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts. Its been around awhile but still a great book on learning how horses communicate with each other so we can communicate better with them. I think that's the basis to all NH. I always tell people the best way to get along with horses is to always be the lead mare :)
         
        10-12-2007, 12:11 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I've read that book, it's very good. I've used his 'join-up' before too--very handy and it definitely works.
         
        11-08-2007, 11:23 AM
      #29
    Foal
    "Along with natrual horsemanship has anyone tried Bach remidies?? "

    That's how I got through my last (3 year) graduate degree, taking the Bach elm tincture remedy during finals week every semester.
    My whole familiy uses the Rescue Remedy when in some sort of acute stress situation (physical or mental).

    The Bach remedies are like homeopathy and accupuncture: lots of people (especially in the US) laugh and say it's all the power of suggestion, but when you get the right remedy match-up, it works even with infants and animals, who are hardly in a position to have a "placebo reaction."
         
        04-14-2009, 07:33 AM
      #30
    Foal
    My horse Storm has problems with riders...would natural horsemanship help??? And I would love to try the bach remedies...
         

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