Friendly Horses are Born That Way
Different methods of doing things are always dressed up in various different ways. They take on different titles and connotations and tend to be supported by people from different elements of society. Natural horse training is no exception. Originating in particular from the North American training evolution, the very fact of its originality is attractive for a lot of people, perhaps for the same reasons that westerns are also popular. Many of us have a certain image of the wild west, its potential and limitlessness. It’s not surprising that there are plenty of people who think that riding in a Western saddle will make all the difference! Of course the influence of this different world is only a small part of the story. Trainers such as Monty Roberts did have something fundamentally new to show everyone, and other refinements such as the teachings of Mark Rashid have been being developing in parallel. The history behind the difference between the natural horse training methods of the Americans and those of the Europeans is interesting. The Americans were able to study horses in their natural wild state, both in great numbers and often undisturbed by man, so the influence of people on them was all the more clear. On the other hand, maybe because the majority of Americans had pioneering origins – and didn’t necessarily have the back up of an equestrian education or establishment, and were also dealing with wild horses – a tradition of considerable brutality was prevalent. Those trainers who were able to bring sensitivity and compassion into their approach were the exception.