Some things I have noticed in seeing a difference in "traditional methods" with the "natural horsemanship" methods, are approaches I guess you would say. Now terming is generic so don't hold me to it, LOL. I think it has been covered better already on that one, but as for what things I see differently, are that with the "classic or traditional" methods, they are more mechanical and involve less using the horses natural tendancies. When I first started out working with horses, there were more mechanical tools being used to get the horse to submit to the demands placed. Items I see not being used in NH, are mechanical hacks, twitches, loud bits, and even some of the more corrective hobbles. It also used to be that when it came to saddle work on a fresh horse, the saddle was put on and you go for a ride until they stopped with the bucking and rearing. The NH approach places more emphasis on working with the horse on the ground prior to "just getting on".
I appreciate this as not only is the horse more interested in learning and undergoing training, but as you get a little older your body can't take as much punishment as it did in your earlier years, LOL! Not to mention the horse fairs better and longer.
Both yes and no in my eyes..
Yes, I'm not afraid of using a curb bit to tell the horse what I want.
But no, I'm not skipping his natural behaviour.
Like.. I ride ''Art of riding'' or whatever to call it, classical maybe. Think of the spanish ridingschool and you're near.
In a way it's very much mechanical means (I don't use side reins like they tho). But what struck me when I started was; I didn't have to teach the horse anything! He was unstarted under saddle, yet my instructor got up and made shoulder in and shoulder outs, lenghtening the strides and etc, without her hands or legs but just the weight and seat. And he reacted like he knew it already even tho he couldn't possbly been through it before
. That's what I call working naturally.
The only thing he had to learn was to follow the bit, and that came afterwards. He also had to learn to accept the legs touching his sides, because that was a little scary :P But that's besides the point.
I feel that NH people want to use as little tack as possible, and sure that's fine especially seeing how many people are abusing their tack. But when tack can help without doing harm, why not use it?
I also see how NH has become a name for methods.. and these methods are supposed to teach common sense to people. But it doesn't work that way.. when you start to work after a method rather than your head, where is the freedom to use common sense? No methos works for all horses without adjustment.
Anyways, as I see it that's the differense: The normal horse world use tack, and parts of it does skip a lot of the natural behaviour and instead finds it necessary to teach the horse everything instead of using the way the horse already knows. The NH world refuses tack (except special made, ''natural'' tack that cost a lot of money, in differense to the un-natural tack that doesn't cost quite as much but still is expencive) and tries to teach common sense through methods.
As you might see I' not fond of NH, I think the trainers do a good job, normally, but I've seen too many times when people try to mimic it and doesn't really understand it. On the other hand, mechanical devices are also used wrongly in many cases. The differense between NH and other ways of riding is very clear but hard to describe.. and also depends on how you do the ''other'' ways. There is so mch more than NH and Traditional.. traditional what? Is traditional sacking the horse out whn it's tied dwn, or is it simply starting the horse lke f.x dressage people or jumpers do nowadays; with tack, half fast with some time for the horse to adjust but still a lot of domination.. or what is traditional or classical really? :)