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Do you think my mare could do Natural Horsemanship?

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        12-09-2012, 12:28 PM
    Originally Posted by iRide Ponies    
    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?
    Being bottle fed/reared is a different experience but by no means is it any excuse for a horse to not be a horse-but I do understand that they usually have social issues later in life. A foal must be with its dam not only for milk but to learn the ways of being a horse and to learn respect. My mare (who was not bottle fed and stayed with her dam until about 6 months) fits your description of your horse quite well of how she acts. My mare was a yearling that was put in with two crabby mares who beat the crap out of her and never would let her eat. End result is a 1300 pound 17hh mammoth who has issues with other horses and is a little food aggressive-BUT I never have to worry about her being barn sour or screaming for her pasture mate.

    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.
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        01-22-2013, 08:49 PM
    GO for it!
        01-23-2013, 01:40 AM
    Any horse can do Natural Horsemanship! But in my opinion you can find a lot better person to follow than PP if you're going to follow someone. Clinton Anderson or John Lyons or Chris Cox on the other hand; they actually know what they're doing. Good luck and have fun!
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        01-23-2013, 04:23 AM
    Originally Posted by iRide Ponies    
    Shes an awesome trail horse, quite a clever jumper and while she's not perfect, she's pretty cool.
    As you don't seem to ride western, the best for you is Pat Parelli.
        01-23-2013, 07:24 AM
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    Why on earth would Parelli be 'better' if you don't ride western? Training is training. What saddle or style of riding you choose does not affect what or how a horse learns. Manners are manners. Basic training is training. No one 'owns' the tern 'natural horsemanship'. Any effective trainers uses it whether they use the label or not.
        01-23-2013, 11:47 AM
    I agree with Cherie
        01-23-2013, 12:26 PM
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    Originally Posted by Dame Nuit    
    As you don't seem to ride western, the best for you is Pat Parelli.
    Care to offer a reason for such an assertion?
        01-23-2013, 11:05 PM
    Technically, any horse can do natural horsemanship
        01-23-2013, 11:07 PM
    Uh oh, Dame NimWhit is here to ruin yet another thread...
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        01-23-2013, 11:23 PM
    Originally Posted by horsefan3000    
    technically, any horse can do natural horsemanship
    Absolutely true, any horse can be thought Natural Horsemanship you just need to choose which or who's method. I personally like Clinton Anderson, his techniques and methods works for me and my mare :)
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