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post #1 of 14 Old 06-22-2007, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Who studies Natural Horsemanship?

Just wondering who out there studies or uses natural horsemanship? :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-22-2007, 11:43 PM
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I do! I like Leslie Desmond's methods, and they are just about as natural as you can get.

I like the results from Parelli, but the methods just don't seem to fit in with me.

I started out training Christy using John Lyons, which worked very well, but I had some problems... Mostly because of me, I have arthritis, and some of his methods I can't do. I attended a Leslie Desmond clinic, and I can do all her methods. Christy responds better to her methods than John Lyons. She (Christy) understands what I am asking her to do much better. Usually on the first request.

Here is a link to her web site, if you're interested. http://www.lesliedesmond.com/
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-23-2007, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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A friend of ours gave us her CD's to listen to while in the truck. I liked some of the things she said, although I found myself zoning out. Her voice is monotone, but I really did like some of the things she had to say. I perfer Parelli myself.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-23-2007, 10:05 AM
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I use natural horsemanship techniques as well
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-23-2007, 12:05 PM
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My boarding stable is all natural horsemanship. They use Parelli the most I believe. I have taken some of the natural techniques and have applied them to mine
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-23-2007, 11:06 PM
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My personal thoughts are that natural horsemanship is just good horsemanship. There was no such thing as 'natural' when I was growing up. I finally broke down and watched my first Parelli video last week, thinking perhaps there may be something I was missing. As soon as people heard I'd adopted a mustang last year, that's all I heard; "Who do you follow?" "Do you do Parelli?" And I'd send them all into shock when I'd tell them I didn't follow anyone and had never seen Parelli.

Anyway, I was happy to see that what I'd been doing for years was pretty much what Parelli was doing in the video. Working with the horse, not against him.

The only other person I've ever watched is Leslie Newman. She works primarily with wild horses, but what I like best about her is that she'll let you know that if what you're doing works, then you're doing it right. If your horse will respond to your doing cartwheels on the rail of the round pen, by all means, do the cartwheel And I must say, I agree!
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-25-2007, 11:11 PM
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I do.. It helps me with training my horses.. It can help you in a lot of aspects of your horses training..
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-27-2007, 10:37 AM
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i do i luv natrual horsemanship i think that its the best and you also hav a stronger bond with your horse i recon
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-02-2007, 04:17 AM
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Monty Roberts

My family and i have used Monty Roberts theories for ages. i have just used them on an ex race horse and they are working fantastically. i think its worth a read for everyone as it allows you to understand your horse and his actions based on his instinctive behaviour. it does really seem to work.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-02-2007, 02:11 PM
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I use natural horsemanship as well. I’m being taught by neighbor who is learning from her trainer. O_o Since I can’t afford a trainer right now. I don’t know what kind it is that she uses (like Parelli, Leslie Dasmond). It sure works though. It’s all about getting his mind with me, which really helps because his mind tends to be everywhere. So far he’s come along in leaps and bounds, much better than any of techniques we used before.

But then there are things about natural horsemanship that I think just take things too far. Like “don’t ride your horse bare back”. I can understand a good saddle that distributes the weight evenly, but if I want to ride on my horses back without one, I will. I never saw any bad results before. And I’ll never take riding lessons from them, after what I’ve heard coming out of my neighbor’s mouth. O_O

But its great for training horses! I’ve also got that Shy Boy book by, er, that guy, which is really interesting.
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