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    01-25-2014, 10:48 AM
Who is Clinton Anderson really?

Earlier I was trying to find out if Clinton Anderson was going to be at Equine Affaire and I came across a random forum and a lot of people were saying bad things about him like that he flirts with this apprentices, he cheated on his wife and is getting a divorce, and that he's a jerk/ rude. I really hope this isn't true. Has anyone heard these things about him? Have you ever met him and experienced this for yourself? I don't like worship him and believe everything he says but I like his methods because they make sense to me and I've seen results from them. I just really don't want to believe that he's actually a jerk because he seems so nice...
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    01-25-2014, 11:15 AM
I think people say he's rude because he's blunt, he didn't sugar-coat anything. And if he's getting a divorce, so what? It's really no one's business but his own. It's not something that affects his training. I personally like him too. But like you said, I'm not a worshiper or anything lol.
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    01-25-2014, 11:41 AM
I know lots of people (mostly my horsie friends in Texas) that really like him and his training methods.

As far as being rude and cheating? He's being paid to be a horse trainer, not a good person. Think: Tiger Woods or Richard Sherman. To me, those are different things.
    01-25-2014, 11:51 AM
I agree he can be blunt, but he also can be downright rude. Also has a nasty temper that sometimes makes him snap and practically beat horses. I haven't heard about the divorce but it has nothing to do with his horse training, that's his personal life. I personally think he and Parelli are overrated and just good salesmen. I like natural horsemanship (without the gimmicks and products) just not them.
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    01-25-2014, 02:19 PM
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Honestly, I couldn't care less what he does in his personal life. It's his methods that I follow.

I don't care for the Parelli's methods but does that mean I don't like them? No even though I don't

I could go on with others. Some may not like me even. I am a sarcastic and smart(donkey) person. I really don't care what others think of me. I am who I am and am not going to change, for anyone.

What is important is how we deal with the horses. Some say that Clinton has gotten after horses harshly. I have too. A few times more than I should have because I let my temper gain control. I'm human. It happens. Sometimes it hits the fan. Learn and live with it. But that doesn't mean I'm a bad person.

I guess what I'm trying to say is let their private life be private. I get so tired of hearing about "celebrities" problems in their personal lives. Unless it affects their job or business, who cares. Ok, rant over.
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    01-25-2014, 02:26 PM
A lot of people are jerks sadly. Even actors/sports players who meet their fans. It's unfortunate because if it wasn't for followers/fans, those people wouldn't be so famous and wealthy. But I suppose as long as it doesn't get in the way of his training, which I wouldn't know if it does or doesn't, it shouldn't matter. You don't have to morally like him to get something out of his horse training...but I always respect people more who are honest and decent people regardless.
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    01-25-2014, 02:40 PM
Clinton Anderson? Ask me if I care.
    01-25-2014, 03:50 PM
Love what Tiny and Sully said....who really cares! What he does in his personal life is of no concern to me. But as a horse guy, I don't care for his methods....his reiners are all behind the bit and this is what he teaches. He's just a reining guy who couldn't compete with the TOP reiners so he became a "Hollywood" trainer, just like Parelli...couldn't cut it competitively so he stands in front of a video camera instead. As for CA being rude, I've heard the same thing and it attribute it to the super-ego he has.
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    01-25-2014, 04:53 PM
Oh I don't care about his personal life but I do care about what he's like to his 'students' and horses. I'm all for bluntness- how are you supposed to learn if your trainer keeps telling you that you're doing everything right when you're not? But anyway what was really upsetting was that he was like this even when people just wanted to talk to him.
    01-25-2014, 05:16 PM
Originally Posted by eeo11horse    
Oh I don't care about his personal life but I do care about what he's like to his 'students' and horses. I'm all for bluntness- how are you supposed to learn if your trainer keeps telling you that you're doing everything right when you're not? But anyway what was really upsetting was that he was like this even when people just wanted to talk to him.
And this is what I meant when I mentioned his super-ego..."I'm a superstar so I don't need to be civil." I have no problem with bluntness as long as there is no attitude attached to it. My trainer is as blunt as they come, but he has a great personality to go with it....none of the "I'm God" self-centered attitude that CA displays.
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