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    01-25-2011, 09:21 PM
Newbie: Where do I begin?

So I really want to start learning more about natural horsemanship, but I don't know where to begin! I know there's Clinton Anderson and Paretti, but I don't know much about their theories, besides some little blurbs and youtube clips. I'm wondering if there are any others that I should be looking at? Also, suggested reading?
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    01-25-2011, 10:51 PM
Do you mean Parelli? I don't really do Natural horseman ship but I have heard of a few, but I can't remember their names. If I remember I will tell you.
    01-26-2011, 03:04 AM
pintotess: Yes, haha, Parelli. See, I am a noob!
    01-26-2011, 04:23 AM

There are so many wonderful Canadian NH trainers! Stay local. No need to go all the way to Oz (no disrespect intended, as they also have a boatload of great trainers)
Look into Chris Irwin (free videos available on Stateline tack website, and my personal favorite, Jonathon Fields. He comes regularly to BC, too and in fact I think he is doing a clinic in Feb or sometime soon. I love the way he explains things. His videos are not cheap and that is a drawback, but you can get a whiff of them on Youtube. If I could afford it, I would look into buying his set.

I also like Julie Goodnight. Her website if chock full of great FAQ's and videos and such.
Another good trainer is Ellen Ofstad. I think she is Norwegian? Or Swedish?
She is on You tube.

Read Mark Rashid, Buch Branaman and Bill Dorrance (though he will be hard to understand at first)

Any of these will give you a start. Good luck and check in now and then and let me know how goes it. (still waiting to see some of your artwork, BTW)
    01-26-2011, 04:34 AM
No offence taken tinyliny. The trainer I am thinking of is an american trainer I am pretty sure...I will think of the name soon!!
    01-26-2011, 04:35 AM
MONTY ROBERTS!!!! I rememberd!
    01-26-2011, 05:10 AM
Yeah, him too. I find that he makes things too anthropomorphized, but he is fun to watch and very instructional.
    01-26-2011, 06:06 AM
I think that his join-up is pretty good as well. I wouldn't do parelli. I have heard to many bad things about him and he has a reputation of abusing his horses. But then I have heard of him being excellent and helpful. I don't know what/who to believe. Steve Brady is an Aussie but is very good. And so is Double Dan (Aussies as well.)
    01-26-2011, 09:05 AM
I love clinton anderson!!!I wish I would have known about his method when I had my other 2 horses.highly recommended by me!Ground work first!
    01-26-2011, 09:43 AM
I have learned a lot from Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, and a bit from Monty Roberts. Personally I don't prescribe to one "training style". I have watched and taken bits from several different trainers and made my own style,lol. I also apprenticed with my BO, who is a gaited horse trainer, so I have a hodge podge. I think it's better to be open minded, things that would NEVER work with Jack work perfectly with the stud colt I work with so it pays to be flexible.

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