Originally Posted by iridehorses
Those are some very good points Jolly. I think the mind set that many people have is the Monte Roberts idea that before him cowboys used to blindfold their horses, or snub them up to a post, or throw them down before riding them - anything to "break" them. That is so far from the truth.
The Dorance brothers, Ray Hunt, John Lyons, and others are cowboys but great technicians. I know many cowboys that earn their living on horseback and they are some of the most patient people on the planet earth when it comes to their horses.
It's the backyard yahoo, wannabe with a cheap Western saddle and cheaper cowboy boots that fosters the misconception.
The funny thing is. . .I've read of some of the big-name NH clinicians using and endorsing the use of things that their followers otherwise consider rough, abusive "cowboy-style" methods.
As it often happens, they simply re-name thing thing to make it sound gentle and harmless. The snubbing post, for example, has been renamed the "patience pole."
A lunge whip is now a "carrot stick."
Now, an untrained novice or all-around idiot could do just as much damage and abuse to a horse using a patience pole and a carrot stick as s/he could using a snubbing post or a whip. . .but somehow, if they learned about it from a NH guru, it makes everything okay.