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Moving into Natural Horsemanship--Tips?

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        11-14-2013, 11:53 PM
      #11
    Trained
    One thing I would advise you on is to not get sucked into the "I can be very bestest friends with my pony forever" crowd.

    "Natural" horsemanship makes a herd leader and a herd dynamic. You need to be firm but fair. The cuddly butterflies stuff is all for the human's benefit. The horse doesn't really care either way, IMO.

    I use a lot of Clinton Anderson's methods for colt starting. I find them wonderful and that they get great results.
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        11-19-2013, 03:31 AM
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    Banned
    Ground work is definitely a massive aspect. For ideas, I recommend checking out the Parelli ground games. There are some "natural horsemanship" trainers you may want to avoid, as clinics aren't usually the most unbiased situation to observe. That being said, I'd suggest working with a local natural horsemanship trainer if you are able. If not, it's all about time and commitment, just like any other discipline.
    Like everyone else said, what are you currently doing as natural horsemanship training? It's wonderful that you're making this effort; I've been riding and training with natural horsemanship for 7 years now and it's made SUCH a difference to me as a rider and my horses!
         
        11-20-2013, 07:05 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.
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        11-20-2013, 06:00 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Something I have figured out is to really push the horse at times, get him on edge, then back off and walk away with your back to him. Let him blow off his tension for a few minutes. Then when you ask for what you've just pushed him on, he is quite willing to comply when you ask softly. We can easily bore them to tears and if you're observant we'll recognize that "oh not this again" look. Time to ramp it up with something new.
         
        11-28-2013, 10:03 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Sometimes natural horsemanship does not work from the ground.

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        11-30-2013, 03:45 PM
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    Weanling
    That's an interesting theory Saddlebag. Do you find it works on all personalities or just some?
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