11-20-2013, 08:05 AM
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Riding bareback has absolutely nothing to do with 'natural horsemanship'. Using that line of thinking, maybe the rider should also be uninhibited by 'things' like clothes and they would be really 'natural'.
Improved riding form is only learning to have a better seat and hands --- just learning 'better' horsemanship. Improved riding form has absolutely nothing to do with 'natural' methods of training a horse.
Natural Horsemanship simply is using a horse's natural 'instinctive' herd behavior and natural instinctive reaction to the release of pressure to teach it what we want it learn. All this is done from the aspect that we need to first teach the horse that we are the herd leader and the one above them in THEIR natural pecking order. Therefore, they must learn to respect us before they are willing to respond in the correct way to the pressure we place on them. They must learn to 'yield' to pressure rather than 'push back'. Obviously, this can be done quite well with a saddle on a horse.
You can do this on the ground, but all the ground work that some people do is not necessary. You can do this with any style of saddle or equipment. Like any other method you use, good seat, hands and balance that just come from BETTER riding skills helps do anything on a horse. Learning to use good 'feel' and 'timing' are the most improved skills that are utilized by any person riding or handling any horse for any reason.