Today I went to a natural horsemanship seminar. I found it informative. I’m always open to learn from others, especially if they are trying to teach me a better way of training my horse. The better way is what has become the buzz phrase . . . natural horsemanship, horse whispering, etc . . . For me, this is training my horse without harsh training aids or techniques.
Today’s lessons were on the importance of ground training your horse & getting them to move forward, laterally & back; and doing these going both ways. If you can’t get your horse to do any of these moves from the ground . . . how do you expect your horse to do it when you are in the saddle. Good ground work is the essential basic that a lot of people leave out of their training because they are in a hurry to get results. You are not only training your horse good basic moves, but you are also establishing mutual respect. Without respect, you are going no where.
There are several different clinicians to choose from. Each has their own style & way of teaching. I would encourage you to go to a few of these seminars when one comes to your area. You may decide you like one clinician’s style better than another and that’s OK. If everyone liked the same things, life would be pretty boring. What I would like for you to do is listen with an open mind, learn something new and see if it works you & your horse.