Okay so I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to stick to one trainer. I found a list of all the "famous" natural horsemanship trainers and added y'alls suggestions. I went to their websites and wrote down all the books/dvds that I think I could use. When I have extra money, I'll order one. So basically, I'm making a library (: I'm planning on including Parelli, Anderson, Cox, Roberts, Lyons, Avila, the Dorrance brothers, and quite a few others.
When I started my horse's training, the only thing I had in mind was showing. It was all about jumping big, collection, bending, etc. She wasn't a friend to me, she was a tool. I used A LOT of force when I was working with her. Then things took a turn for the worst. She started bolting, bucking, and biting me. We went on fighting for about a month then she hurt her leg (deep stress line) and was off for almost 2 months. In this time, I looked at myself. Why was I putting her through this? I didn't want her to be just a tool anymore, I wanted her to be my friend. Now, she's the only thing that matters to me, honestly. She's gotten me through some really tough things in the past few weeks and continues to be the only thing I have to lean on. If I lost her, I don't know what would happen to me. But I want her to feel the same way about me. I know you can get a bond through traditional training, but I want something different. Just some background info (: I'd love to hear your NH success stories!