I take it, Monte Roberts is a NH guru as well? If he is, something is amiss. A gal here who was a tad squirrelly to begin with spent $25,000 to compete some sort of training course with his "program", sorry I don't know what the terminology is. She had her horses boarded at a friends' house and I was called over to visit and watch her load up her horses in her new expensive beautiful trailer (it was a beauty! aluminum slantload, top of the line). So my friend & I (gal disputed her board bill so she was moving to her new "ranch") watched from her kitchen window to see how these 2 horses were going to load in the trailer. My friend said she watched her practice loading about a dozen times & only one of them finally got in. Anyways to make a long story short, her hubby drove the empty trailer home, & she led one horse home & then the other. I offered to help loading her horses, offer was declined, but I sure didn't offer to walk an ruly unbroke 5 yr. old filly home 3 miles. This gal opened up a training facility at a wealthy immigrant's property and began advertising & training horses. I don't think she had many clients, most people want to actually ride their horse and have them load in the trailer every darn time. Anyways her business went out of business quickly. I don't know if this attests to the Monte Roberts' expensive training course or it was just her, but it was ineffective, period.
Maybe she's just not that smart? You say she's "squirrelly" to begin with, so...? I haven't taken a Monty Roberts class, and obviously the guy runs a business, i.e., he's making money, but I wouldn't blame him or his methods for this woman's ineptitude. That's like saying, "My son flunked 9th grade algebra, therefore Mr. Wilson is ineffective as a teacher." I mean, maybe my son didn't do the work. Maybe my son just doesn't understand math and never asked for extra help. Maybe my son thinks he knows it all already and didn't pay attention in class. LOL. Now Mr. Wilson might
be a lousy teacher with crappy methods, but we'd need more proof than just my son's one case, especially if my son has a history of not learning stuff in school. I understand there has been some sort of backlash against Monty Roberts, but I like him.
As for NH in general, I appreciate many of the concepts but the contraptions and whatnot don't seem necessary. I'm not going to buy a lariat, for example. I really think some people just have a knack with horses and some don't. People who have the knack can be good trainers. People who don't can really suck, no matter what method they're using. A lot of what Monty Roberts does involves this knack for "feel" for the horse. I'm not sure much can be taught to a loopy individual who is just on the wrong page overall.