07-27-2014, 08:31 AM
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The term "Natural Horsemanship" is generally linked to "Western" horsemanship and said to have been coined by Pat Parelli. As the term gained popularity, many other trainers began to employ the term to describe whatever methods they used. In their book "The Revolution in Horsemanship and What it Means to Mankind", Robert M. Miller, D.V.M. And Rick Lamb present a good overview of the topic gained from their vast research. They also quote from various sources and authorities and provide an index of numerous trainers and clinicians they have learned of.
It is important to realize that good trainers who try to understand the nature of horses and adapt they methods accordingly have existed throughout the centuries. The important thing is not to look for someone who promotes his methods as "Natural Horsemanship" but one who truly seeks to work with the horse rather than simply subjecting the horse to his wishes.