This all changed when I decided to try Tristan Tucker's online TRT Method. He is an Australian Natural Horseman based in the Netherlands who is also an upper level dressage trainer known for working with hot sensitive dressage horses. I am 3/4 done with the modules(full review with video coming when completed) and I have to say it has been a training revelation. I have learned so much about reading a horse, applying pressure, and setting the horse up for success and I was not by any means a novice horse trainer. In an interesting aside, my vet came out for shots recently, and after a few minutes with Jet asked why he was so quiet and calm. I explained a bit about the TRT Method and when the vet was done with all three horses he commented that whatever I was doing was very obviously making a big difference. Interesting to have him confirm what I already thought.
Anyway, this whole foray into more of the details of NH then led me to Karen Rohlf's Dressage, Naturally. Dressage, Naturally has been an eye opener about how to have a light, willing, happy dressage horse that is classically correct. Obviously, the best horse trainers of all disciplines have elements of Natural Horsemanship in their programs, but it is really interesting to explicitly explore NH techniques to improve my dressage.
What have your NH experiences been? What have you found helpful/not helpful? Any programs you highly recommend?