Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Northwestern, WA
I would say that Natural Horsemanship, while seeking the same goals as conventional methods, is different in that it intentionally breaks down the training process into steps that a horse can more easily understand. Stages of pressure (kind of like in a pasture situation: tail swish, ear pin, bite, kick), rewards for trying, etc. When I was in Pony Club, one of the things I noticed is that my instructors didn't do this. You asked the horse one way with one stage of pressure, and if they didn't do it, or didn't get it, you beat the living S*** out of the poor beast until it did. Maybe that was just my division though.