Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I think the point to remember is Mr. Trocha is not necessarily bashing NH, he's bashing the *******ized form of NH that people cling to - the belief that it's all about love and rainbows and never ever hitting your horse. Anyone who's ACTUALLY watched a "NH trainer" will realize that's not true whatsoever - just because they're not whipping them to death in the corner of a stall doesn't mean they never dish out physical discipline. Popping the horse with the metal clip under the jaw, slapping them in the side of the head when they refuse to move out of your space - how is it any different from giving them a wack in the hindquarter with a leadrope?
Again though, the NH thing is just irritating. Every single good trainer worth his salt uses a certain amount of "NH type" methods - and most don't feel it necessary to brag about how superior they are to others or point out what sort of "special" training they're using. Training is training, end of story. You don't call parenting by 6 different names do you? The "Never Say No" mom, the "Spank You Silly" mom, the "Ignore It Til It Stops" mom? I didn't think so.
I have no doubts whatsoever that the e-mail is true - based solely on just how many threads I've seen on this forum alone written EXACTLY the same. "Oh my horse tried to bite me, is she mad at me?" "No, she's dominating you, don't let her be aggressive." "Oh she's not aggressive, she's just upset, she'd NEVER HURT ME!"
Famous last words? And we hear them constantly, so I don't know how anyone could doubt that someone wrote this e-mail. Even if he DID invent it, he's invented it BASED on the thousands of e-mails he's gotten during his career. Even if "Sue" doesn't exist, every single scenario he's written about HAS happened, and he HAS been asked about, you can guarantee yourself of that!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.