The local Rocky Mtn Horse club here hosts a Whitesell clinic about every year. I've gone multiple times as an auditor, even before I had gaited horses, and have some of his training DVDs. What I find fascinating about Larry as a clinician and trainer is that he apparently started in the 'gaited horse circles' and was successful, winning championships by using the accepted training methods of the time. Then, at some point he became interested in dressage and took lessons (still does, for his own horsemanship and ongoing learning) and found that it makes a big difference when he applies the dressage exercises to the training of gaited horses. As a result, he works on balance and collection and uses the horse's natural movement to get there; THEN the horses can actually gait better. He's a teacher, helps us identify how/whether the horse has true collection versus an artificial frame, whether our horses are sore, and how to address that first before expecting them to gait. He has been able to take very sour unredeemable horses, or horses who had never been able to gait under saddle, and use his methods to bring them back to soundness, and a natural gait. It's health first and gaiting second. I think that says a lot about him and his methods and I still refer to my clinic notes that I took, from time to time, to remind myself what to watch for that indicates resistance or pain or confusion in my horse. As with any trainer/clinician, there are some things that I don't appreciate, but I have taken a lot away from his clinics and used it on my own horses, QH, fox trotter, and TWH.