You know, I take that correction to heart. I didn't mean to imply that traditional horsemanship is abusive. If I did, I apologize. I'm still learning so much and was just sharing some ideas I'd been thinking about. I'm trying to learn from everyone, but perhaps I'm not doing so enough. So thanks for pointing out the possible misinterpretation of that comment.
I agree that a lot of the marketing is outrageous. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all disciplines, whether NH or traditional, have their overpriced stuff.