I'm still working my way through all the replies, and though it's not really on track with the original post, all of these types of threads have me wondering:
WHAT exactly IS natural horsemanship? I was under the impression that "NH" means you're working to communicate with the horse in a way it understands instead of just jumping on its back and riding the buck out of it. If that's the case, then I would think we ALL practice natural horsemanship, at least to some extent.
But there seems to be such a firm line between NH and non-NH, as you can see even with the creation of this sub-forum in Training. Clearly, my impression of what natural horsemanship is is not the way everyone else sees it.
Basically, what I'm getting here is: Natural Horsemanship is the term afforded to those who follow a special, commercialized "NH" clinician or trainer, or otherwise you're not a "natural horseman". Is this about it?
I'm really not clear on what exactly natural horsemanship is supposed to be.