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post #1 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Dr Deb anyone?

What are people's opinions on Dr Deb Bennett?
Looking at her own forum I am gobsmacked at how condescending (and sometimes outright rude) she is towards anyone who may have a different approach from hers.
Interested in what you all think

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 02:44 AM
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I think she's fabulous.

rude? hmmm, I think I would say opinionated. and I believe she has the life and horse experience to back up her every opinion.

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post #3 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 03:12 AM
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I have read some of her books. Probably goes better to read her stuff and stay off her forum, 'cause I have heard she is not the easiest to deal with.
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post #4 of 21 Old 04-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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I've never watched her work with horses or read much about her training, but I recently wrote a lengthy paper on the prevalence of conditions such as DMD and atrioventricular valvular refurgitation murmurs in Thoroughbreds started too young and cited her work several times. I agree with most of her work that I read.
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I like some of the stuff she has done, and have quoted her several times on this forum. However, I think she also sometimes speaks in areas where she doesn't have any actual expertise, or draws conclusions that go beyond what the studies show. For example, she writes that one of the fundamental rules is:

"Total weight of rider plus tack must not exceed 250 lbs"

Using a typical western saddle, that means no man over 215 should ever get on a horse. Any horse. Anywhere. But that ignores the real world, where horses carrying cowboys manage to work and live and perform just fine even if the cowboy is over 200 lbs. At 180, it probably means I'm abusing Mia's 900 lbs every time I get on her, although Mia seems to enjoy getting together with me and doing something.

She is vastly more knowledgeable than I am, but she seems to draw conclusions that I think go beyond the evidence. Just IMHO.

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post #6 of 21 Old 04-13-2013, 11:32 PM
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She is well respected in the horse world, and has always had reputation of being blunt too.

She's not a sugar coater, that's for sure.

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post #7 of 21 Old 04-13-2013, 11:51 PM
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Never heard of her. Now I'm intrigued and will likely investigate a little. Thanks!
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-14-2013, 12:20 AM
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Well according to her, she poops gold.

I find her to be quite closed minded and condescending, and after asking for advice and getting quite a hauty, rude answer, have not gone back.
And then, checking her "qualifications" her doctorate is in Vertebrae Paleontology - meaning the classification of fossils. With some extra horsey stuff thrown in in "interests". She is not the queen of riding and dressage and knowing it all and after watching some of her videos and looking at pictures, has a really back assward view of "collection" and really no idea what she's talking about when training horses.

Dr Hilary Clayton is far, far superior in knowledge, application and not being a crazy person. And she has fun letters like
BRCVS, PHD, MRCVS behind her name, which indicate actual qualifications.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-14-2013, 01:15 AM
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Who also is very interesting is Jean Claude at Horse Trainer,Lameness ,Dressage Jumpers and 3 day event Horse Training
He's an original thinker and has good bio mechanic studies. As well he demonstrates through proper riding and movement how to heal lameness injuries on his web. I would love to audit or attend his classes. Food for thought.

I'm sure any number of these professionals have some bias/read strong opinions because they're all so passionate about what they do!

Hmmm. had no idea the link would be so clickable. interesting!

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-14-2013, 01:47 AM
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Here is a comment from her about western saddles:

"And yes, very many Western saddles are built so that the stirrups are hung 'way out to the front. Originally these saddles were intended for one purpose, and that was gymkhana events such as keyhole race, pole bending, or barrel racing, which are the "Western" equivalents of "English" jumping. These saddles, exactly like those meant for jumping, have the stirrup hangers far to the front because during the time the saddle is being used for what it it meant for, the rider stands or half-stands in the stirrups. When you stand or half-stand, you bring your hips over your feet."

No. Originally, stirrups on western saddles were out front because most western riders rode like this:

That was the almost universal western riding position around 1900. I have no desire to argue about the rightness or wrongness of that style, but it is pretty obvious why western saddles used to have stirrups hung forward - and it was NOT so they could stand up in the stirrups!

Vertebrae Paleontology doesn't give one knowledge of all aspects of riding.

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