Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
As for the NH making horse training "dummy proof"...here's one of my FAVORITE quotes by British author, Douglas Adams:
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
I think that this is the case with NH. It makes every armchair cowboy think that they're a trainer, when all they end up doing is ruining a good horse (as in the case of my Dakota).
LOL, that is the best quote I have seen in a while and so true.
The bolded part is my biggest problem with the whole commercialized NH movement. People watch the DVDs and then go out and buy a horse they have no business buying because "They've seen so-and-so's DVDs so that automatically qualifies them to deal with a horse that has issues that are sometimes very serious and/or dangerous". Then, when they get into trouble, they just spend more money on "Stop bucking/rearing/bolting/charging" DVDs instead of taking that money and finding someone who can work hands-on with both them and their horse.
I have no issue with people buying the DVD's to learn a bit more about how a horse thinks or maybe pick up a new method for their tool box, but a DVD can't teach you timing if you don't already have a natural predisposition to correct timing with horses that comes from a natural feel. How many times have we all seen videos of some average person that finally gets a chance to have a session with their DVD trainer that they've been following for years? I've seen it on PP and CA videos both.
BNT tells owner "Okay, when he does that, apply increasing pressure here until he does this, start light and get harder if he doesn't respond", owner applies pressure that is either way too light, way too hard, or has no increase in force and gets corrected by BNT, repeat several times until the owner gets pressure build-up correct, horse moves but owner keeps pressure on for an additional 5 or 10 or 20 seconds with BNT telling them "stop pressure, stop pressure, Stop Pressure, STOP PRESSURE", owner finally stops pressure but then is surprised that Sparky hasn't learned anything.
If they cannot get the timing/pressure correct with their beloved BNT right there talking in their ear every moment and showing them what to do over and over, what are the chances that they are getting the timing/pressure correct at home? Zero. So what good is that particular method doing for either the horse or the owner? Zero. What are the odds that owner is going to be able to correct <insert training issue here> without hands-on help? Non-existent.
DVDs cannot replace a real life, hands-on trainer for teaching people how to handle their horses. The problem with many of the BNTs is that they preach about how this DVD or that DVD or this halter or that stick is all you'll ever need for success...plus thousands of dollars to join their little clubs and chat rooms and follow their clinic tours. For goodness sakes, some people could send their horse to a professional dressage/reining/pleasure horse trainer and get back a fully trained horse for less than they spend in a year following some DVD trainer that just shows them how to get their horse to lunge and jump over picnic tables or colored barrels.
As for the whole "cowboy" thing. Most folks mis-understand the definition of a cowboy. Just because a person works on a ranch, riding horses and working cattle, that does not make him a cowboy, that just makes him a ranch hand. A true cowboy is also
a horseman. He understands horses and treats them fairly, knows when to use a firm hand and when to use a soft whisper. A true cowboy does not wear rock grinder spurs and gouge a horse for mis-behaving, they do no use vicious bits on an ill-prepared horse just to make them listen. I live in a ranching community in a ranching area and I know dozens of ranch hands. Out of those dozens of men, how many do you think I consider "cowboys"? Maybe
5 or 6...out of dozens that work on ranches every day.