I don't have a problem with NH as a concept, can't say I use it but I have nothing against it. What I have a problem with is ignorant horse people who think that after reading a book or watching a dvd they can "train their very own horsie". I also have a problem with that because if they succeed (they rarely do) then they think they can train any horse, not only hurting themselves, but also giving other people the worst advice they could give. I have grown up with horses, obviously not everyone has. So instead of taking the cheap way out, hire a trainer. Go work with someon hands on. Shadow someone for a week. Ride/Train with an experianced friend. Use Dvds and books for additional information- not your training philosophies. Don't limit yourself to just training and riding, talk to a vet and farrier. If horses are important to you take the time to learn every aspect. I read horse books I have nothing against them. But I do not use one book to train a horse, I use my years of experiance, every ride I've ever been on, every book I have read, every day I have worked with a horse. It is experiance that does the job, not a dvd.