Mark's approach starts with taking away a horse's fear, gaining its respect, then putting it in a situation where it can learn what is required.
His methods include 'Join Up' in the round yard where the horse learns to be submissive in the pecking order. The horse learns to accept humans and the things that are associated with them, for example halters, ropes, saddle, bridle, plastic bags, stockwhips and dressage whips. He does not tie the horse up to bag him out, nor hobble him for the same purpose.
The minimum time for starting a young horse is generally a month, and the final result is a horse that can be ridden calmly in all situations on its own and in company, through water, past traffic, opening and shutting gates, and accepting saddlebags and Drizabones.