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post #1 of 8 Old 09-03-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Want to learn more about natural horsemanship

Does anyone have any book suggestions? I got this one http://www.amazon.com/True-Horsemanship-Through-Second-Edition/dp/1599210568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346722584&sr=8-1&keywords=true+horsemanship+through+feel
But I found it hard to follow at times, or I found him to be contradicting himself from one paragraph to another (though I did find that it helped if I imagined an old cowboy voice in my head reading it to me).

Anyway, I'd like to try something else, just to get different opinions and find what works best for me. Thanks!

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I like videos, personally.

Giddyupflix.com is like Netflix but horse videos -that would let you get a bunch of different perspectives.

I like Clinton Anderson's stuff - but his DvD's are super expensive. You can try getting them through GiddyUpFlix but the lines can be long. You can go to the RFDtv website and subscribe to their channel (It's like $60 a year) and watch his TV show online.

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Originally Posted by musicalmarie1 View Post
Does anyone have any book suggestions? I got this one True Horsemanship Through Feel,Second Edition: Leslie Desmond,Bill Dorrance: 9781599210568: Amazon.com: Books

But I found it hard to follow at times, or I found him to be contradicting himself from one paragraph to another (though I did find that it helped if I imagined an old cowboy voice in my head reading it to me).

Anyway, I'd like to try something else, just to get different opinions and find what works best for me. Thanks!
If you're interested there is a guy named Gawani Pony Boy, google him for books and dvd videos on natural horsemanship. I'm researching and studying him for his techniques on how to join up with a horse myself!
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"True Horsemanship Through Feel " will be very hard for a rank beginner to make heads or tails of. I have had to read it several times to realize how very much is in there for the taking. Spend some time learning about it from a variety of sources, including if you can, work with a real person. Nothing can be a better way to learn than from a real person. THEN, go back and read that book and it will be eye openning how what sounds like gibberish now will make total sense in a bit.
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I'll see if I can find you a good online video of people who gentle mustangs, to at least get a feel for the subtleties that you won't find in the commercial stuff with all of its canned propaganda, packaging, drugged and pre-gentled horses, etc etc. I've only seen one or two good wild horse gentlers on the Internet and will have to dig them up but I'll find one for you, hopefully more than one, that I think is good quality.
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All kinds of good short training dvds on youtube - free. Just type what you need or trainer. One who is easy to follow is Dennis Reis and some of his dvds are in sequence.
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+1 on what tinyliny said. Ten minutes in the round pen with my trainer (who uses NH techniques, but not a particular brand of NH) is worth 10 hours of reading. And I'm a huge fan of learning by reading...it's just SO much more effective to be on the ground with a skilled trainer and an actual horse. You will learn so much...
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I agree that the best and only way to learn is through experience. I didn't find exactly what I was looking for on youtube, and my having dial-up is a bit of a handicap to search as much as I wanted to :( I was looking specifically for someone working with a wild horse on Day 1 without any tools, someone very soft and just using subtle body cues which really are best taught by someone who knows them inside out.

Here's an example of a young gal who's using cues you won't notice at all unless you learn by doing, and she's pretty good for a novice:

What I noticed is that she could have had that horse a lot quicker if when she stopped and he responded and faced her she had turned off the pressure and turned in the other direction and taken a few steps, he was right there and more willing to connect than I think she realized, but instead she used more pressure and he wasn't so happy about that. Otherwise she did a pretty nice job.

In the 6th minute of her video she turned his butt round using eye contact and subtle body cues. No book or video is really going to show you what experience can, but this may give you some idea on how subtle it is and how it should be when done right. Sure hard to find a good example on youtube :(

I only watched this one video of hers so far and interested in seeing how she progressed with him.
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