I am trying to decide whether to purchase Clinton Anderson's Fundamentals kit or his Foal Training kit. I'm wondering if there is anyone who has maybe seen both or either one who could offer me some insight?
Some background: I work at a rescue, so the fundamentals could be applied to many horses that come through, which would be nice. However, the trainer I have been working with does a LOT of things similar to Clinton. In fact, at the recent CA clinic I went to, most of the things he said were verbatim to what my trainer had told me in some of my lessons. So, I have him as a live reference for any questions I have about that. Though the dvds may cover things that I may not even think to ask him.
I have a 7 month old weanling filly who is broke to lead, kind of, and that's about it. I have help from a few people who are very experienced in working with babies, but they aren't always around when I have time to work with her, so I'm wondering if the foal training dvds would be helpful in getting me through the questions I have when they aren't around.
But... she won't be little forever. Maybe the fundamentals would be beneficial for her as well, and I could use the people I have helping me to figure out a way to present them in a way that works for her?
Any ideas if the foal training is just the 'fundamentals' at a level that foals can digest?
And before anyone goes off about 'trainer-in-a-box' and 'if you don't know what you're doing, a dvd won't help you, sell the horse'. I know, and you're right. That's what I have surrounded myself with people who are able to help me. I'm just trying to supplement their help and get as much knowledge as I can. I've been working with horses and taking groundwork and riding lessons for about 3 years now (which I know is no time at all), and I know that I only know enough to know that I don't even know what I don't know. (if that made any sense at all). I also know that no trainer has a totally foolproof method, and that I can't watch a dvd and magically know how to train horses. I take everything I hear with a grain of salt and I wouldn't do anything I wasn't sure of without help or supervision.
That being said, any input is appreciated!!