NH as I see it is uses a "language" that is already hard-wired into the horse's brain to teach him, rather than plucking a raw mustang out of the pasture and expecting him to understand a human-devised "language" from the get go.
One caveat to that - teaching the horse to move away from pressure rather than resisting pressure. Referring especially to truly wild horses or horses used to being the leaders of their human herds, resistance is natural, voluntary giving is not. That's the start of schooling the lexicon of aids that communicate more subtle, advanced, perhaps discipline specific requests.
It's about becoming El Capitano of the horse's world the same way that another horse would.
Well said, Gluey. Once that horse even lives in a fenced pasture, the natural aspect of his life starts to vanish. As to differentiating good from bad horsemanship, the proof is in the pudding. Judge the individual method by the individual horses it produces. A faulty method (or faulty application of a perfectly sound method ;) )will produce faulty horses.
Spirithorse: With all respect to your views, opinions, and horse training preferences, it isn't that there is hostility toward Parelli because his techniques are "different", it's that many followers of the method berate every other way to interact with a horse, citing Mr. Parelli as the end-all-be-all of gentle and non-forceful "Horse-Man-Ship", while the recent video and response to it show that he has not qualm one about using methods that are forceful to say the least, and blatantly contradict what every scrap of his published method preaches. It's hard to stay credible when one contradicts himself.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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