Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
My old BO is an old-school cowboy. Even wears a neckerchief. When I bought my gelding from him, he included 30 days of training in my purchase price (my gelding was a 2yo virtually unhandled and unbroke stud colt when I bought him). The BO stated that he would be doing the training. I was wary at first. After all, cowboys generally use the old cowboy methods that everyone fears, right (basically bronc-busting a horse into submission)? But, I figured since he'd been training horses for over 30 years, it'd be worth a shot.
I'll tell you what. If you hadn't known better, you'd have honest-to-goodness thought it was one of the big name NH trainers working with my boy. He used techniques I've seen Clinton Anderson, Craig Cameron and John Lyons use. He wasn't rough, he wasn't harsh, but he was firm when he needed to be. When I mentioned that his methods were very similar to those used in NH, he said "You mean 'common sense'?"
My point is, just because someone says they're a NH trainer DOES NOT automatically make them a "horse whisperer" or anything of the sort. It usually means they take a common sense approach to training a horse and use methods to create a willing partner who knows what is being asked of him/her and does it with the least amount of pressure possible.
Before you go off saying "I don't want my horse trained by a NH trainer," take the time to educate yourself on what NH really is. THEN make an educated decision on what's best for your horse. If this is the barely-handled 4yo you've talked about, I think he'd benefit greatly from NH, to be honest.
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