|Natural horsemanship is working with your horse with ways he understands, without any tools, and communicating with him through equine behavior and language.|
|Little tools as possible and even if you need tools to fix something - you can always train your horse out of them and still get the same response with your foot or hand rather than a wip or spur. Because wips, crops, spurs, etc. are definitely not natural.|
Every good trainer uses tools of some sort and then gradually 'weans' a horse from having to use the tools and 'trades aids' down to something less and less obtrusive and conspicuous. The finished product is a horse so light and sensitive, so responsive that no one looking on can see what the 'aid' or 'cue' even is.
To me, it has everything to do with technique -- TEACHING rather than FORCING -- and nothing to do with whether a whip, a stick, a crop, your hand or your voice is used to apply the pressure we are teaching the horse to respond to. I am looking for a willing response that the horse understands and learns to continue responding to with less and less of the aid.