I became a serious student of Natural Horsemanship over 12 years ago. Since then I have studied everybody you can name, bought every book and video I could get a bit of useful info from ( I've spent between 10-12 thousand on study material alone), I lost count of the number of horses I worked with for free, just for the experience. I have come a ways since then, but I didn't start really advancing until I also started studying world champion trainers and getting more educated in "Form to Function". What I have found is that if it's done right, Natural Horsemanship and "Normal" Horsemanship shouldn't be at odds with each other, but should compliment each other and develop a calm, soft , responsive, respectful horse. I believe that if the "method" isn't working on a horse, it's most likely the way it is being applied rather than the method it'self. I don't believe any one "method" is going to work for anybody. I agree with what Pat Parelli advised in his book " Find yourself a whole corral full of knowledgeable horsemen." NRHAREINER pretty much nailed the essence of what Natural Horsemanship is.That's the most accurate way to describe the principals and concepts.
"If your horse doesn't respect you then forget about your horse liking you. Further, if your horse doesn't respect you then all you are is a nutrition source . . . just like the grass on the ground." ....Buck Brannaman
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