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post #1 of 3 Old 08-29-2010, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Starting Natural Horsemanship?

Hey everyone! I've recently thought about starting natural horsemanship with my horses. The problem is, I really don't know where to start!
So my question is, how do I start natural horsemanship with my horses and what did you all do when you started?

Thanks! (:

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-29-2010, 11:45 AM
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Some natural horsemanship is really great stuff and other people's methods are just weird. So be careful what you get started in and don't choose something just because many other people use it. I reccomend Monty Roberts' methods: his website is and all of his methods are explained in his book, The Man Who Listens To Horses. He started by observing mustangs in Nevada and watched their means of communication, then turned it into a method for quickly and completely gaining a horse's trust by just running it around in a round pen, using specific body language cues that a mare uses on an ornery colt to ask the horse to put his trust in you. It takes one session to noticably gain more trust from your horse...I have used it on all my horses, from a little western Mustang to eventing TBs to a Warmblood to a dressage Arab cross to minis, and it really works. I think his is one of the best methods out there. :)

Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-30-2010, 12:28 PM
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I would personally recommend Clinton Anderson, he is very informative, and honest. You don't have to buy all of his stuff (halter, lead and whip) for his methods to work, they will work with the equipment that you already have. Just keep in mind that no one trainer has all the answers, take what you can use and what works for you from each trainer, and move on. Somewhere in the middle of it all, you'll find what works for you, as a complete training method.

Good luck, and have fun!
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