I'm just curious if anyone has gone from non NH training methods to NH and thought it made a difference with their horse. I'm a pleasure rider who has taken non NH lessons and had success with it. However, NH intrigues me and I am thinking of trying it. It also seems to be targeted more to Western riders but are there any English riders that have benefitted from it? My main focus is trail riding, but, when weather and short days prevent this, it is basic exercising and ground work in a covered arena. Any preferences as to trainers (Clinton Anderson, Parelli, Jonathan Field, etc.)? All input is appreciated.
I went to a clinic by C. Cameron-audited it over a 2 or 3 day period. Learned a lot & I watch him on RFD if I see his program. He's 1 step ahead of the horse, & usually catches them before they do the "wrong" thing. Reminds me of the old saying-"an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Have not used any other NH folks methods, so cannot say about them.
I got my mare when she was one year old, and raised her on natural horsemanship. I first got on her when she was two (i did very light work. She was a pretty big girl.) and now that she's almost five, she's the sweetest and best riding horse we've had so far, and she certainly didn't start out that way!
My twh was fearful of people. Genuine fear, rigid, see the whites of his eyes, etc. When he first arrived I groomed him daily for 30 days and he didn't even begin to relax. He was compliant but never relaxed. A Parelli clinic showed us how quickly he could learn but it was Carolyn Resnick's way that caused a big breakthro. Unlike Parelli where you advance to liberty, we started at liberty in the pasture.
I like NH very much; it gives me a great focus on the ground that translates well to under saddle work; I like Carlos Tabernaberri, Chris Irwin, and have recently discovered Missy Wryn; she has a website with lots of free videos to watch; a lot of her work is similar to Parelli training, but I find her philosophies easier to keep in my head, for some reason. (I think that's just me); anyway, just thought I'd throw it in as another place for people to look for inspiration.
I have pickup up and successfully used methods from a variety of NH clinicians over the years. I prefer the trainers who get the point across and move on. I have no interest in picking at or talking a horse to death. If it were ever possible I would attend a Craig Cameron and a Julie Goodnight clinic.