I've got this horse who is, um, complicated - we hate to use words like dominant sonofagun, yeah - and I've used natural horsemanship methods with a certain amount of success; but to be honest there was something missing - I got a measure of respect, enough to impress my friends, but I knew (and oh boy, did the horse know) I didn't really have his full respect. It was: okay you canride me, but don't expect me to really show enthusiasm when you show up, and don't expect snappy willing responses in ground work...
Anyway a friend who knows my horse sent me this youtube link, of a trainer Cynthia Royal - the link (you may have seen this video, I had not seen it, almost fell over - she trains stallions with no tack (!) and no restraint, using one tool, a grass reed - and this video shows her riding with just a silk neck cord, through ocean waves:
I'm writing this because my horse has started looking at me in this curious way, like: when did YOU figure out what I needed?
I'm not riding bareback and bridleless through pounding surf (yeah). I ride on dirt rodes, in a saddle and bridle. The thing is, both in groundwork and in the saddle, there's a change I've been waiting for, for a long time, and I want to know if anyone else has checked this out.
The Royals' methods ("The Royal Approach) are somewhat different from what you hear from other popular trainers; so it took an adjustment but it's not difficult.
Feel like I'm bubbling too much, so I'll just give the web address, and if you're interested please check it out - any questions, post on this forum and I'll be honored to do my best to answer! (Or maybe people who've already found it, and know more than me, will answer.)
The Royals have these twowebsites:
The Royal Academy
Best to all,
Cindy in New England