I started riding in my mid 20's and just galloped about on other peoples horses. Then started lessons at a British Horse Society approved yard - this included passing Stage 1 and 2 in Riding and Stable Management.
It wasn't until my chldren were 11 and 15 that we got our own pony - Just Kit a Connemara cross who was very lively but well schooled and taught us all to sit quietly and do very little.
Recently I qualified with the Natural Animal Centre as a stage 1 equine behaviourist.
I had a short experience with natural horsemanship until I got Benny who had mastered the art of escaping the aversive stimuli. He had some past clicker training so I investigated this and so my journey proceeded.
This is my daughters horse Smoke, he was a rescue and is doing very well now.
Positive reinforcment may not be for everyone - especially for people with already trained horses who don’t have the time or the inclination to retrain every behaviour. However it is an excellent way to start youngsters - they become inquisitive and quick to learn new things.
This is my current cob - Mojo who I am retraining using positive rienforcement.
This is Indi another rescue who is just starting his ridden work using positive reinforcement.