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Has anyone read his book or follow his system here? Just curious as someone just 'gifted' me his book. I have read a little of the first chapter (it's one of those gifts where I am not sure it was meant well or not), but I am curious about it and wonder if anyone here follows his method. I'd be interested to hear thoughts.
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^ Agreed. I love watching his horses and him perform together, but I don't agree to every word that comes out of his mouth.
 

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I agree! A whole lot of crazy! He is apparently against using artifical aids, bits and actually riding horses.....

You should see some of the crazy things people say when they comment on his YouTube videos.
 

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Well, his first chapter is a bit snarky. I was trying to get a feel for his method and why this person gave me the book. I ride trails and am thinking about endurance, and I already use a LightRider bitless, so I was thinking she either thinks I'm abusive or a kindred spirit to him (which I am neither), but I guess I will just keep reading a bit more. It doesn't seem, so far, to be as much of a method as a diatribe, but I was wondering if there's some methodology in there that I could use to better relate to Bucky and Dixie (mostly Dixie because she respects us, but I don't get the sense she enjoys us, like Bucky who is so friendly and happy to be with us). Anyway, thanks for the replies!
 

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Oh,he's very controversial... I don't agree with his methods, neither I agree with his constant ranting, conflicts with other styles (for example, he prohibits his followers to do anything from the Parelli system), trying to make himself elite (only a small number are let to participate in his online "school", if they are voted to be worthy enough), and also his past - he used to be a part of OMON, a Russian special ops group who carried out the most cruel orders of the government back in times when the Soviet Union was to collapse.

To my mind, a good horseman is good, no matter what, can be easily recognised and doesn't have to be nor flashy, nor participate in any conflicts with the rest of the equestrian world.
 

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I too do not agree with the degree of his 'diatribes', but do agree with the basic gist. While I think he's quite fanatical about the subject, I don't think(of the bit I know of him) he's a nutcase and think there is a lot to be learned from him too - I don't like throwing the baby out with the bathwater & tend to think that about any horseman - can't recall seeing anyone I've agreed 100% with, but just taken the good points & shelved the rest.
 

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One good thing about him - at least in the part of the world where I live, he was one of the first to start talking about natural horsemanship. It was him, through whom people in Latvia and other Eastern - European countries got to know about Parelli, Anderson, Hund, Dorrance and others.
 

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I'd love to read his book. Our north american Indians rode their horses with no tack for a long time, turning their horses with knee pressure, weight shifts, etc. often at a dead run. The leather thong around the bottom jaw was used as a lead shank only. When I began playing with a horse at liberty (I say play because it's not work), it was an eye opener. The more I learned and did with my horses, the more I began to question what I'd been taught years before. Not to say it was wrong, just that there may be better ways in some aspects. Big difference when your horse wants to be with you rather than has to be with you. Many horses will approach hoping there is feed/treats yet will often leave if not forthcoming. A horse that wants to be with you will stay.
 

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I remember you can only subscribe to his website if you sign a policy that you agree with him on everything (I don't remember the exact words, but something like that). WOW was all I could say... Clearly I didn't subscribe, and I'm not interested to watch a person who's way is the only way. There are so many awesome trainers out there that it just doesn't worth it IMHO.
 
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He demands adherence and obedience to the one and true only way of the Nevzorov Haute Ecole.
Yeah agree he's narcissistic, but IME a lot of 'gurus' & instructors are like that, so if you discount everyone with that attitude, you're cutting yourself off from lots of good stuff too. I guess they're so passionate about their opinions that they can't see that other methods may be fine too. I think that Nevzorov is more about the attitude & mindset, not techniques & methods, that you can learn anywhere, any way.

Oh & kitten, just noticed your signature line & that's sort of how I feel about various different people & their specific opinions - it's not about waiting for the storm to pass or only visiting in 'weather' that suits you perfectly... put on a raincoat, so you can ignore the worst of it & enjoy it all!
 

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None who are the "my way or the highway" have a wide following, at least in hunters, jumpers, and dressage.
No, Parelli for eg doesn't have a wide following. In other walks, KC La Pierre & the likes doesn't either.
 

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I'm sure he probably does have some good basic ideas in there somewhere....if you are willing to take the time and you are able to sort through all the hypocrisy and ranty-ness.

For example, riding of any kind is strictly taboo for being "too hard on the horse's body", but asking a horse to do things like this over and over and over and over again isn't hard on him?.......:?
Lydia Nevzorova's Photography
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Sod his beliefs... he can keep them. The only thing I will take from him is his arena. Stained glass windows! In a manege! Stained glass!
 
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