Originally Posted by tinyliny
NOw, I don't know if I've ever seen Craig Cameron, but why would you want to catch your horse BEFORE he did the wrong thing? You have to let him make that wrong choice, correct that, offer him another opportunity to make the correct choice and wait until he does, then reward. That is fundamental to training. If you stop the horse from making a "wrong " choice, he will not learn nearly as well as letting him make a mistake, making that mistake uncomfortable or difficult, then offering him to make the right choice and making that comfortable and easy. THAT is the basis of NH training.
I agree. In the past I have stopped horses from making the wrong choice before they made it, and they didn't learn anything and ended up being upset with me because stopping them from making the wrong choice so they can learn is micromanaging.
I've watched videos of Craig Cameron, and I have to say that as a person he may be fine, but I don't like him as a trainer and what I've seen him do is more old school cowboy stuff rather than NH... Maybe he's improved though from what I've seen. I have a DVD of him, Josh Lyons, and Pat Parelli competing in a colt starting thing back in 2002. Where Pat and Josh started off with groundwork, Craig went straight to saddling. And once he had the saddle on, he let the horse loose in the round pen and tossed a rope at it to make the colt go into a bucking fit. Nobody else did that, nor did they need to with their colts. Like I said though, what I saw was more old school cowboy than NH.... I just hope he's improved from what I've seen