Originally Posted by PonyMad
Lol. I suppose.
But seriously. Whats the aim of it?! What do you get out of it?! Other then spending loads of money etc.
I think all natural horsemanship is aimed at having a great EQUAL partnership with your horse, and your horse doing whatever you want it to because it wants to do it for you....but I think in most cases this is just a fantasy because most horses really want a leader, boss, superior entity to make them feel safe and secure and to know what the rules are. What you get out of it really depends on you, how you implement the techniques, and it's up to your horse. Some people get great results and end up with a nice "partnership" with their horse, others don't.
Let's put it this way, all children are different, right? So some discipline techniques work great for some, but not for others. In my opinion, horses are just like little children....say maybe a 3 or 4 year old. They learn great by repeat repeat repeat, they have a SHORT attention span, sometimes even a little ADD, and you have to remind them OFTEN of what the rules are. Just like Children, different techniques work for different horses.
I have a friend who is a trainer, she finishes some NICE barrel and reining horses. Her technique is to be loud, in their face, abrupt....and it works for MOST of her horses. My horse HATES her, why....he's sort of a shy quiet guy and her techniques just send him over the edge. When I talk softly, show him what he is to do, or what is unacceptable in a way that isn't loud, abrupt and in his face...he takes to it immediately and seems to ask for more things to do......
So like I said, it depends on you, and your horse, and what works best for you both....