Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
My problem with all these "NH" people who are marketing a "system" is just that. They are trying to market a system. None of them actually invented training horses in a natural manner. They all have good things and bad.
I wouldn't recommend any of them, but would suggest you look at them all and use anything that works well for you and your horse. I had the very good fortune to have a grandfather and other relatives who in some cases had started with horses by 1900. They were great and the right way was the way the worked with the least amount of work and stress.
I was once told there are many ways to skin a cat and even more ways to train a horse.
These people are out to make a $ first and foremost (look at what they charge). I'm always a bit amused at how fanatical some of their followers can be. Perhaps I should have gone into that line of work :)) but I'd rather help folks for free. Like the men who mentored me as a child training my first horse, the real joy is watching someone being successful at training the horse and seeing the horse bond to that person so ultimately it wants to learn and do things right. How can you put a price on that?
Rather than spend the money on what these people offer, glean what's out there for ideas. Ask people about what they've learned and know. But first and foremost, use common sense. Learn you horse and know yourself. Some horses learn quickly and easily. Some more slowly with LOTs of "baby steps". Contrary to what PP and others will imply what works well with one hose might not work well with another. But with time, patience and work you'd be amazed at what you can accomplish with a horse.