I've been riding for... a lot of years... we'll just put it that way and the place that I have always been seriously lacking is the ground work. I've had a really tough time learning how to deal with a dominant horse so I went to a CA trainer and was absolutely AMAZED at what he did to my horse, who had no prior ground work. This man, within five minutes had my horse going both directions on the lunge, stopping and backing and then going sideways across the arena. I was in awe.
I tried hard to do what he did but couldn't make my body do the right things and my reaction times were off so I joined the Clinton Anderson club and watched the videos and bought the halter and the stick but I still haven't mastered it.
BUT I HAVE gained huge confidence and I have figured out "work arounds" to how to do things. It's not exactly like he does it, but it is the same idea and it works for me. I really like his DVDs and go back quite often when I have issues. I also have that CA trainer that I can go to. It is amazing how easy it is for some people to do things...
I love his DVDs.
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"