Originally Posted by verona1016
I tend to shy away from a lot of the "natural" terms for horses (natural horsemanship, natural horse keeping, natural trimming, etc.) because once you take a horse out of the wild, keep him in a fenced area, and ask him to accept being ridden by a human, you've left "natural" behind.
However, I do find that the basis of a lot of "natural horsemanship" is just "good horsemanship"- trying to meet the horse halfway by understanding how he interprets your actions, observing his reactions, and making adjustments accordingly. Making sure training and human interaction is a positive experience overall.
Aside from the people who "cowboy" horses with brute force, there are also the people who just ignore certain aspects of horse training. I've met at least one person who told me "Oh, I don't do that NH stuff" and the truth is she didn't really do any horsemanship "stuff." And her horses (at least the one I was looking at buying) were unsafe because of it- they don't respect space, can't be touched all over, etc. even though this particular horse was started under saddle and in dressage training!
This! I always find it kind of funny when "traditionalists" scoff at NH people and NH people scoff at them. In reality, they're pretty much doing the same thing.