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post #1 of 27 Old 02-24-2015, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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ever heard of Carson James?

So I just found a trainer on-line Carson James. Never heard of him, I was looking through facebook he had a add for a video on dealing with a buddy sour horse. It was really good! seeing as I have never heard of him just seeing if any of you have. I really liked his approach. You can try this link I have no idea if it will work. 001 Email | Buddy Sour — Carson James Horses
I have seen a lot of questions about buddy/barn sour horses here on the form. I think this is a great way to workout this issue.
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post #2 of 27 Old 02-24-2015, 05:37 PM
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I just found him on youtube the other day. I watched this video. He has a nice responsive horse but there are some thing I see that I don't like.


I'll let others watch and decide if they like what they see.
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post #3 of 27 Old 02-24-2015, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Fort fireman View Post
I'll let others watch and decide if they like what they see.
OK - I'll bite on this. The two things that bother me the most are the tail swishing and the long spins on what appears to be grass. Tail swishing suggests to me over usage of the spur aid - I've never tried that particular discipline so I don't know the intricacies of it and whether it is common to go to a spur aid first over a leg aid as well as using it repeatedly. As far as the spins are concerned (there again I'm not that type of rider), based on my limited knowledge of the discipline, I question whether the footing/surface prevented the horse from planting a foot to pivot around and also kept it from balancing/collecting itself to do a proper spin (plus how good are repeated tight turns like that for a horse's physical well being?). I might also add that the question - was it carrying the bit properly as I thought that was off as well?
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post #4 of 27 Old 02-24-2015, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have to say, I found his buddy sour video this morning at work and didn't have time to look him up on youtube. I liked what I saw in the one video I saw and thought I would ask here.
After seeing his promo youtube video you posted. I was...less than impressed? His horse was responsive, it was a promo video, but not a fan of the push push push push push when it comes to spins. I am way more impressed to see a horse pick its self up and move like that once. To do it over and over and over I don't see as what I would call "good horsemanship". I saw a little to much "look what I can do" and not enough thought of the horse. I still liked his buddy sour video and will remember his method. I don't think I will become a "groupie". I like Buck better.
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post #5 of 27 Old 02-27-2015, 12:22 PM
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keep in mind that he is in Florida. I have yet to see a horse in Florida not swish it's tail, lots of insects.
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post #6 of 27 Old 02-27-2015, 01:00 PM
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he is young. give him 20 years, he'll be very good!

reading that comment, from a rider at my level, it sounds odd. but what I mean is that maybe , being as young as he is, he is a bit more into the flash and push. the finesse and the ease and "withness" comes with time, and maybe a bit more of age-inspired humility?
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post #7 of 27 Old 03-03-2015, 07:25 PM
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I watched the buddy sour video. haven't watched the promo one yet. He follows a good philosophy. I have used that exact same method on a couple of mine who came with the same issues. His seems soft enough, and was thinking about the horse. Seems like a nice enough young man with good skills and a lot better than a lot I've seen.
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post #8 of 27 Old 03-05-2015, 02:18 PM
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Don't get me wrong here, I'm not bashing this guy at all. There is no doubt he has some skill. I just saw a couple things that I didn't really like in his promo video. As some have said , he is young and that stuff may hash itself out as he gets further along. I do think he has a lot of potential.
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post #9 of 27 Old 06-20-2015, 12:39 AM
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I have gone thru so many different trainer videos online and was only mildly impressed by one or two trainers. Until I came across Carson James. No he isn't perfect but no one is. However he is an excellent trainer. He cares about horses and people.The horse gets the idea of what is expected of them in only a few minutes. He uses Horse Language as I like to call it. I am now a follower of his. What I like about him is that he is kind and also humble. This I can say since I am his follower and enjoy having contact with him personally any time I need. He has many followers now but whenever we send him an email or Facebook message for instructions on a specific problem He answers within a day or two. Also He makes it a point to have the horse checked for any health issues before training and during to make sure the horses are not in any kind of pain or uncomfortable during training. I like also that he prefers a bosal instead of a bit so the horse is more comfortable. All around he is a good guy and I trust his methods.
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post #10 of 27 Old 06-20-2015, 09:29 AM
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Bridling video I don't like. Holding the bit while bringing bridle up is correct, you don't bring it up under jaw and then have to lower it.

Wasn't overly impressed with any of them I flipped through.

And the first one? No wonder horse is wringing tail, he is sitting off center to the right, and would imagine horse's back is hurting.

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