I, like others on this thread would love to explore more of KH methods. You seem to have a very good understanding of his methods. Were you able to learn a lot from his books? You said earlier you wish to spend more time with him, so obviously you have attended at least one of KH's clinics. I know that there is nothing like learning from someone in the flesh but for someone like myself who really can't fork out $78,000NZ to attend his school is there actually any point in purchasing his books when everything else is so far beyond my price range?
Man, I am sorry I can not seem to stop this from coming across as inflammatory. I am so sorry, I understand what your saying about his methods, that they are coming from a totally different place than NH trainers. What I am trying to say is that for the majority of people on this forum it is a moot point. The sheer logistics of trying to find the thousands of dollars to study KH methods is prohibitive. Unless YOU are going to get on this training forum and begin passing on what you have probably paid a lot of money to learn, for free, all you are doing is pontificating.
Here is what I think happens. People go on the net and find youtube clips of KH with his fairy tale horses (lets face it he always seems to be working with the "fairy tale" horses, Lusitano, Andalusian stallions) and they want the fairy tale. They then find out how much it is going to cost them to buy the fairy tale. So after they have regained consciousness and picked themselves up off the floor they then look for something more attainable. Enter Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson.
Right or wrong, good or bad, Natural and traditional forms of horsemanship are going to remain the predominant and prevailing forms of horsemanship used by the general horse owner populace. Until some willing spirit steps up and makes it the goal to educate people in a better way, with no thought to how much money they can take from people.
Doe, you have often given the impression that you are disapproving of the negative reinforcement pushed by the NH movement. Fine, you know a better way so teach us. I would say that a good 80% of the horse owning population want to experience what KH has achieved, I would say that maybe only 5% of said population will ever be able to afford it. Unless someone comes forward and decides that it is important, for the sake of the horse, that this information becomes if not 'freely' available then at least affordable for the general population. Other wise it is just horse snobbery and elitism.
You may as well be saying "You guys driving your Toyota's and what not have never experienced REAL driving until you have owned a Lamborghini! You need to get yourself a Lamborghini to really understand driving!" I would totally agree with you, I would crave a Lamborghini, yearn for one, but in the end I would still be driving my Toyota.
Again my apologies for being repeatedly ignorant about this (it seems to be my nature