Originally Posted by KissTheRing
OP its completly rewarding- People whom have never used this method just simply don't understand. Since your already interested- And have some good knowledge, Give it a whirl. The worst thing you could do is give your horse a good lunge. And My usual advice is John Lyons Round pen training google-Youtube. Its all there- Similar/same to join up
You're right I reckon, that it's rewarding *to the handler* because if they don't truly understand the process, it seems like magic when it works. If you're including me in the 'just simply don't understand' however, you're assuming wrongly. It sounds to me that the others that have responded similarly are equally as knowledgeable & experienced actually.
Very shortened background... after years of conventional type horse experience, I discovered 'NH', including MR & 'Join Up'. I did fall for MR's theory to begin with, not knowing any better & practiced 'Join Up', mostly successfully(according to the theory) on a wide range of horses(I was working with horses at the time, not just my own). Then I studied behavioural psychology & equine ethology and started to see it for what it actually is. Like I said, I now use 'join up' type exercises still sometimes, to teach specific things, but I now 'just simly DO understand' better than to use it according to MR's flawed theory.
Also as I've said plenty of times before... This is my opinion & experience. Don't take my word for it blindly, or anyone elses, 'gurus' or otherwise, but bother to learn what's behind it yourself, so you can come to informed & objective opinions. Because in practicing things you don't fully understand, the worst you could do is much worse than just 'a good lunge'.