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    09-13-2009, 02:05 AM
  #51
Yearling
GM knows his stuff but I think he looks like a goober! The bill crosby sweaters look tacky, ugly and distract people from his position.

I'm sorry but if Anne Kursinski told me that I was weak or my horse is weak maliciously I would look at her square in the face and call her a B**CH and she was a bad clinician in my eyes. As I would be leaving the arena I would ask for my money back.

There's a differece between critiquing and insulting! People like that give equestrians a bad "snoody" rep.

Sorry for the rant. :o)
     
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    09-13-2009, 08:10 AM
  #52
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by starlinestables    

I'm sorry but if Anne Kursinski told me that I was weak or my horse is weak maliciously I would look at her square in the face and call her a B**CH and she was a bad clinician in my eyes. As I would be leaving the arena I would ask for my money back.

There's a differece between critiquing and insulting! People like that give equestrians a bad "snoody" rep.

Sorry for the rant. :o)
I agree! Constructive criticism is just that -- CONSTRUCTIVE! It should never be used in a mallicious way...there is a fine line between the two, but a good trainer should know how to walk it. Everyone should be willing to accept that none of us are perfect and there's always something we can be improving, and it's wonderful when you find a trainer (like mine!) who is not ever afraid to tell you what you did wrong or how to improve, but in a way that is courteous and respectful not insulting!
     
    09-14-2009, 10:42 AM
  #53
Green Broke
I was fortunate enough to go see a GM clinic just a few weeks ago. I don't know if he has mellowed out but I thought he was a phenominal clinician. In fact, there were some situations he could have really gotten after but didn't. He was actually quite encouraging and really praised people for what they did well and when they accomplished what he was wanting them to learn. He reviewed the basics and taught exactly WHY we do things the way we do. I've taken clinics with other trainers who were MUCH harder on me then he was!

In the first group (3"6) there was a heavy-set rider riding a difficult horse and he really praised her riding ability. Never made mention of her weight. In the last group (4") there was another heavy set rider. He went through the group and gave an "evaluation" of their riding ability. He really complimented her and told her that if she was more fit she would be even better. And then he turned to the audience and talked about fitness and joked around that he loves to eat but hasn't eaten much since he's gotten older. It was actually very tactfully done.

Honestly, if I had to choose between the two I'd rather have a clinician (clinician, not trainer) who was heavily critical rather then someone who didn't say anything. I'm paying for their instruction and critique so that I can learn and improve. I'm not there to feel better about myself.
     
    09-14-2009, 10:43 AM
  #54
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by starlinestables    
GM knows his stuff but I think he looks like a goober! The bill crosby sweaters look tacky, ugly and distract people from his position.

Remember too the guy IS 72... I don't know about your grandpa but mine isn't always the best dressed. In the clinic I attended he was wearing a very nice Ralph Lauren Polo, tailored sportsmans, and boots.
     
    09-14-2009, 12:50 PM
  #55
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Originally Posted by upnover    
paying for their instruction and critique so that I can learn and improve. I'm not there to feel better about myself.
Totally agreed, although I still believe that it can be done in a respectful manner. No need to insult people at all...although from your experience it sounds like he's either become better with that, or perhaps he was just in a mood when others' were with him??
     
    09-14-2009, 05:43 PM
  #56
Yearling
Lol there are some better looking oldies out there that's not a good excuse! Especially if your harping on looks.. :oP I don't care who ya are but that sweater is oooooogly!
     

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