Humans spent thousands of years taking a horse out of the wild and breeding all the 'natural' out of it then suddenly want to turn them back to that - isn't going to happen without some casualties along the way
As more and more NH trainers seem to be spending vast amounts of time doing what really amounts to trick training before they even sit on the horse - which all adds up to more money - I'm thinking there will be a gradual welcomed return to common sense training because its all gone too far now
A good way to judge a trainer is to be able to see their results so I'd be inclined to start there, have your horse well prepared before it goes away so its mentally ready for someone to make that next step
There is a local NH trainer who is ALWAYS advertising with photos of him sitting on a sitting or laying down horse. To me... that ain't natural. It looks really neat, but again. How is that NH? He will brag about how his horse comes when called and will "park herself" at the mounting block. Again, natural or a trick? I will commend him for one thing, he does a lot of work with desensitization, tarps, noodles, flags, bridges, etc, which I think is great because it fosters trust and leadership. With having said that I believe ALL training should foster, if not maintain, respect and trust. You don't need a NH trainer for that, just common sense!
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