This is by far the craziest training video I have seen in a long time.....barefoot no less!!!
I agree with your post. The man is talented and flexible (like, wow), but this seemed like a performance for the crowd. I didn't see much understanding by the horse and taking time, as you say, step by step to allow the horse to process and accept and understand, not just tolerate in the moment. Bearfoot? Maybe just showing off.I think a lot of people don't realize how aggressive wild horses can be when faced with the unknown. I think standing on one leg doesn't exactly give you much ability to quickly move away from the horse, if the horse resists. I don't see very much retreat or release in that video, by the human. Not sure that is something to aspire too. It looks dangerous, and perhaps too much like a performance. Now I want to see him try that with a mare, that wants to kick your head off. Would he be so successful then? How much of the video is edited out prior to being published? It took me a year to build a relationship with my mustang, but I believe in introducing things step by step and building a foundation first. It may have worked with this particular horse, but I wonder how much the horse actually retained afterwards?