Hmm... I think that NH is, to me, as has been said before, using the way a horse thinks to advance and refine his training and correct/redirect undesireable behavior. As far as the line between NH and common sense goes, the line is one word repeated over and over: Advertising. Not sure what I'll do when "they" copyright Common Sense Horsemanship, lol.
Also, as has been said, a lot of today's "Hollywood NH" is fluff and advertizing. My dad compares it to fishing, overpriced junk designed to catch the fisherman, not the fish. Mom quoted the movie Tin Cup and calls some of it "paraphernalia for lost and desperate souls."
I do follow a lot of Clinton Anderson's exercises, they get results for me and seem easy for me to apply and for my horses to understand. I am not, however, a hard-core follower of any specific method. I simply find ideas that make sense to me and my understanding, and experiment. NH as the media has popularized it has a lot to offer, and so does whatever you call what existed before the NH "revolution." It's all about common sense and thinking it through and applying what is best for the horse, both in health and safety, and in training.
And, it all can be done on a budget. I had to make it work on a budget, trust me. Thank you RFDTV, eBay (I love benefiting from other people giving up on fads, lol), Equine Affaire off brand discounts, and improvisiation!
I personally employ some common sense training, and balance the "informal" (for lack of a better word) groundwork and foundation laying with some dressage based riding exercises. I'm hoping that at the end of the day I have a willing horse with the obedience of an NH trained animal, and the correctness and balance, etc. of a more traditionally (again, for lack of a better word) trained horse.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
Last edited by Scoutrider; 06-30-2009 at 08:12 PM.