Hi there guys.
I own a 7 yr old Arabx mare. She's very nice, not pushy or nasty or whatever. She's an awesome trail horse, quite a clever jumper and while she's not perfect, she's pretty cool.
However, I really wanna try some natural horsemanship with her. Not cause she's a bad or *problem* horse, but because it looks fun and I can see how some of the stuff you teach the horses to do would be really useful. I'm not so interested in clinton anderson, but I really like the look of pat parrelli and monty roberts. One of my friends is really into NH and her horses are some of the best behaved horses I've ever met (I used to have a trail buddy who was the top junior dressage rider in the country, even her top ponies were not as well behaved and well rounded as my friends NH trained horses.) so I think it could be a really useful skill to have, both for me and my pony. She's going to lend me the DVDs and stuff, and walk me through it so that's pretty cool.
The only problem is that my mare isn't... Normal. Her mother died at a young age, so she was bottle reared and doesn't have good *horse* skills. She doesn't get on well with other horses and doesn't seem to form bonds with them/or look to them as a *herd* If I turn her out with a bunch of other horses, for the most part she'll stand around looking lost or stand at the gate nickering for me, very uncertain. I know NH is about thinking like a horse, but if my horse doesn't think like a horse, I don't see if it will work!
I don't know, what do you think?
Maybe try turnout with one or two other horses instead of a herd? It will help her create a bit of a bond and teach her to be more of a horse. Natural Horsemanship works for ANY horse and ANY rider, as long as it is done correctly. BUT not every way is the right way for your horse. I use a variety of NH such as John Lyons and Clinton Anderson. You have to adapt everything to the way your horse acts and reacts.
Personally, I would STRONGLY suggest Monty Roberts or John Lyons.