10-14-2012, 12:05 PM
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I agree with you 100%!
Here is an example of how this form of training works for me:
I was doing the circle game on the long rope wih Murphy (QH). He had been traditionaly trained and I was still working out the "bad start" with natural methods :)
Anyway- I was getting him to canter and asked a little too firmly (he is a SUPER sensitive guy) he reacted by yanking the rope from me and running to the other side of the arena.
Instead of yelling or going after him, I calmly walked about half way to him, smiling. I had him yeild his hindquarters from about 10 yards until he walked (hesitantly) over to me. You could tell that he was clearly EXPECTING to be punished like he had his whole life for being "naughty" (even though this was not naughtieness but a clear negative reaction to my asking to firmly when a slighter, phase 1 signal would have done fine)
When he approached, I immediately went to doing his favorite thing: I scratched his belly :)
He was SO suprised at the love vs. pinishment response..! And he clearly showed his appreceation when he followed me to the other side of the arena after about 5 minutes of belly scratching, and picked up that canter I had asked him for right away (before I even asked!)
Now, the willingness and bond this type of "forgiveness-based training" creates a horse who is happy to do what you ask and not fearful or doing what you ask because he's afraid of punishment. I will never go back to "traditional" ways of thinking. Now that I have experianced what natural horsemanship is and the fufillment it brings to a human/horse bond, it is all I will ever do :)