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post #31 of 35 Old 11-24-2010, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl View Post
I am really sorry to be coming across as aggressive here spirithorse8 but for all the information you are giving about 'your' training method I have come to the conclusion that you vaporize yourself into the ether, enter the horses ear and come out it's bum, transcending all earthly forms. A wonderful thought but a little impractical for the rest of us mere mortals who are not as high up the spiritual plain as you apparently are.

MM, he has been around enough horses in his life and has the capability to be an amazing horseman. I've never seen any of his DVDs but what I have seen on RFD, he seems to have some sound ideas (that are more common sense than anything but that's beside the point). I think if he would go back to his mentality that he had when he first got started before all the "what's the next new gimmick" thing, he would have much more to teach and many more willing to listen.

I also use a ton of what could be called NH methods but when I was growing up, it was just called good horsemanship. Though I still use what could probably be called traditional methods too. I can live without love and loyalty in my horses, but I will have respect if it's the last thing I do.

I'm not entirely sure where I was going with all that but you have a good enough head on your shoulders to take what is useful and trash the rest without drinking the kook-aid.

Oh, I also wanted to mention that I actually like the idea of the horse stopping and not facing up on the lunge line when you tell them whoa. I have had a couple of horses try to buck right over the top of me (and one that succeeded) because their first instinct was "face up and go to the human". I, personally, wouldn't train that out of your horses.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:

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post #32 of 35 Old 11-24-2010, 11:00 PM
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Wow i just looked up a spirit bridle!!! Really?? I'm sorry but i could probably rig something like that up with what i have at home! Not that i would use that, sorry if anyone does, but really? Wouldn't that like rub the botton of their chin? I mean if you just started out with it would they know what to do? Just curious.
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post #33 of 35 Old 11-24-2010, 11:07 PM
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Ok i had to find a video of someone using this "spirit bridle" and too me it looked like she was really having to hold the horse. Although according to the video it was only the second time in the bridle the horse looked a bit fussy and her hands for the canter i dunno i think my horse as good as he is would have just been like oh you can't stop me now!!!
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post #34 of 35 Old 11-27-2010, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
My horses have been drilled on a lunge that whoa means stop where you are, do not turn and look at me and do not walk over to me. So now I have to question if I want to go this Parelli route and completely re-school my horses?
Mine are destined to both ride and drive. I want them to stop wherever they are because 'two eyes" doesn't work when the horse it hitched to a cart. My trainer took my 5 year old for under-saddle work and worked with lunging with the two-eyes method, so I've had to work on re-training him to stop in place. Not easy. However, I found that when he's hitched he will still whoa in place and stand pretty well. Once he got tangled up when hitched and at my "whoa" he froze in the middle of a step. We untangled, replaced the lines, checked the harness, got the cart positioned properly, and said "walk on". He gave a big sigh of relief and calmly stepped out. Could have been a disaster but he knew what "whoa" meant from the years of ground work.

So, MM, don't retrain if the response you're getting is the one you want! You're the one who's going to be riding Jynx, not Parelli!
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post #35 of 35 Old 11-27-2010, 02:19 PM
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Ok so a spirit bridle, reins and martingale are $350. Add this to the custom saddle with no tree for almost $1500. Add the DVD set I looked into for another $1200 to teach me NH. Hmmm let me see here the total so far is $3,050. Oh and that nice rope halter that is only available in one place for another 60 bucks I think it was. Plus all the supplements, herbs, powder, potions and pills that came highly recommended with my horse. Which if I bought all that stuff would set me back a good $400 a month. WOW do they really sock people for this much cash???????
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NH IMHO is nothing more than common sense. My little doll knows he can run rough shod over bf and son. He knows (even on crutches) that he can't bully me anymore. Yes, he got whacked with a crutch on his butt. Don't step on me and I won't whack you. Common sense. Don't run over me while gettin your feet done and I won't pop your chest. Common sense. Don't try to run me down when I am crutching out to feed you in the mud and goop and I won't smack ya with a lead rope. Common sense. Leave off trying to use me as a scratching post and I'll let you stay close and get lovin. Common sense. Did I mention it is horse sense and common sense...same difference LOL
Now my guy costs me enough without all the expensive doo-dads. I can't imagine spending more than I do with upkeep, vet checks, trims (shoes if he needs them when the new guy FINALLY comes) and all the other assorted (oops son lost a hoof pick) costs.
I guess if you got that kind of money to put into some NH trainers pocket..well have fun with the games of round and round.
Now having said that, yeah I can see where some of this would work great, hell some of it I use daily, I just can't see being stuck into ONE way of doing it.
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