Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I think some people miss the meaning behind the word 'natural' in this sense. The natural part of it refers to communicating with the horse in a way they can understand because it is how they communicate with each other therefore making it a more natural way of communicating rather than trying to make them listen to our way. This is what makes it natural...they are not trying to say that the process of saddling for example is natural, just the way in which you get the horse to do something is more natural than using methods which they cannot understand or that sometimes put physical or psychological strain on the horse.
I think a lot of people hate NH more because of people like parelli, anderson etc that are making ridiculous amounts of money from over priced products, shows etc the process of communication and bonding etc something that probably 95% of people out there do whether they follow a NHman or not. This is where it all gets hazy and people start turning on the technique rather than acknowledging that the methods are great its just the money hungry people behind the enterprise that is causing issue. Who hasnt heard someone say 'my grandpappy was using these methods years before parelli came along'. Tried, tested and true ways from years of use that have been marred by modern day man.
Sorry about the rant but it gets on my nerves when people say it isnt natural. Im not a NH freak and only use bits and pieces of it where needed. I think everything involved came help people in some way but its doesnt need to be so commercialised and should be more available for people who don't have a few hundred $$$$ to spend per pack
In answer to the OP: all the ones I can think of are already mentioned :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"