Tiny I agree. Like I say, there is a definite method, however it's a lot harder to understand than other simpler systems such as the typical NH system. Ultimately it is not about duplicating every single move and it is very difficult to learn from a book. Like feel it cannot be taught, certain things you have to find yourself. Having said that, the third book has enabled me to really go back and fully appreciate the first and second.
Perhaps because so much of it depends on ourselves, it does require that we look at our balance, rhythm and strength. Much of this focus I'm sure some people would look at as tree-hugging hippy stuff lol. Ultimately however, how can we ask a horse to respect and react to minor weight aids if we do not have perfect fluid balance and core stability?
This I think is the key to the success of the NH movement. It makes average people feel like they can solve problems with their horses and make them safer. And in many respects it does.
However the highest level of horsemanship is all about commitment in the moment, presence of character, honesty, consistency, feel and the ability to fluidly interpret and react to the point of almost pre-empting the horse, but always working with what they offer. That is a journey we have to embark on and discover ourselves. It is not something you can't easily teach. It is also a journey thats unique to each person, as unique as their personality.
Btw I watched your shoulder yielding video. Very interesting (in a positive way), enjoyed it, be good to see some more