Understanding Natural Horsemanship
According to Wikipedia, Natural horsemanship is the philosophy of working with horses by appealing to their instincts and herd mentality. It involves communication techniques derived from wild horse observation in order to build a partnership that closely resembles the relationships that exist between horses.
What is it to you? Do you associate it with a specific name or a technique? Do you feel it is just a marketing scheme? Also, do you feel that Natural Horsemanship is something that can be used as a sole training method? Why or why not?
(Threads that explain why you do not agree with or even like a specific trainer are ok, an explanation as to why you dislike the trainer is prefered. Threads defending a trainer are also encouraged, however explanations are important).
Natural horsemanship is not a specific training method. To me it is a state of mind that is used by all horseman to some extent. I think that the use of the method depends on the horse and it's acceptance levels. I don't believe it is something that can be used as a sole source training method. I feel that there are times when traditional methods can not be beat and I also feel that on occassion, a certain level of aggressiveness from the handler is a must.
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"