My little mare I have been working with is coming along wonderful... for me. I have been doing some forms of Natural Horsemanship by Chris Irwin with her. (check out his free video clips on www.statelinetack.com
I can get her to turn her head to me and calmly accept the halter. I do this by using the same methods he does in the videos. I have been leading her like he does and she has been a much more relaxed horse and looks even forward to seeing me. She will stand quietly beside me with her head and neck level with her withers relaxed.
I love these methods, but I have been wondering this, as it seems to be happening. Since I use these methods on her, I know she won't react anywhere near as good to people who expect to just reach for her face and go. She hates that, she will toss her head, back up, and not let you "capture" her.
I am pretty sure, that once you train a horse this way, those methods have to be kept the same throughout her career, unless she learns to trust you more and more. So people who know nothing about natural horsemanship will say she is an untrained horse who won't lead, or is hard to catch. When in reality, she is easy... using a different approach.
Can anyone esle see the dilemma here? Have you expierenced trouble with this? When the BO tries to just stuff his hand to her face to pet her, she gets scared and throws her head, she is so different with me and my quieter freinds. Yesterday I put a pad on her and my boyfreind helped me get on her (belly flat) and we didn't even touch the lead rope, she stood, there smelling me and relaxing as I put all my weight on her for the first time. Would she do that with anyone esle? Probably not....