thank you all for the suggestions...I'm a little iffy on following trainers because I don't want to have to be pushed to buy all sorts of fancy equipment to accomplish something with my mare. When I think nh I think nothing but using your own body for cues, someone care to correct me or is this a general opinion?
Depends on your horse lol some horses need the equipment and will not respond to your body cues at first because you are not a horse.
The videos are expensive, and as I said above, it is very hard, no matter which trainer you follow, to know exactly which DVDs are going to give you the most beneficial information.
The equimpent on the other hand does not have to be expensive if you make it yourself.
The most common NH tools are the
Yacht ropes, 12-22 feet
The carrot sticks are usually between $15-20 but for the longest time I just used a 4-foot buggy whip with a string tied to the end. Not quite as rigid but it worked.
Rope halters are easy enough to come by
Yacht rope can be found at any hardware store and comes in different lengths. You can also buy snaps for them and when the price is all added up, it typically comes to just under the retail cost of these ropes online, only without the added shipping charge.
If you are going to delve into NH, you cannot do it halfway because there is ALOT more that goes into it than what some videos might lead you to believe.