Originally Posted by pintophile
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.
That is exactly the point I keep trying to make. People get so hung up on NH or Non NH and wanting to be associated or not associated with it as the case may be that advancement and discussion of true horsemanship gets lost.
In this context I would say NH is simply any form of negative reinforcement training that is marketed as a system, and which usually justifies itself with 'this is what horses understand'.
So that includes all the Parrelli and ex-Parelli trainers, Anderson, Westfall, Monty Roberts, Cox, Lyons, Cameron etc etc etc whether they appear to be a new stick twirling type or a cowboy type makes no difference. The sooner people worked that out the better we'd all be and the more we'd accomplish.