Originally Posted by cjdarlington
Plus, natural horsemanship doesn't use force or fear to communicate.
Neither do traditional training methods. If you think 'traditional' means 'abusive', then you're flat out wrong.
It's not a case of us learning their language versus them learning ours, all
good methods should involve a flow of information to and from both horse and
human. In other words, the horse and human both learn each other's language.
The only 'natural' thing a human can do with a horse is eat it, since they're a prey species and we're a predator species.
NH is nothing more than traditional methods gussied up, given silly names, and marketed to the public as something new and majickal.
Oh, and according to the gurus, you can't do NH correctly unless you buy some name-brand, high dollar crap you could make yourself for pennies on the dollar.
I admire Parelli and his ilk as marketing geniuses, but I wouldn't let any of them near a horse of mine.