Let me start off by saying that I do not follow Clinton Anderson. However I did find this part of the post rather strange.
Okay so you aren't impressed. Fine and dandy and obviously I have zero problem with that. The other part of your post, I do.
His horses are expensive. For good reason. His horses are trained under his method. I see absolutely nothing wrong with what he is asking. Fact is I find it to be a very smart business decision. If you are buying one of his horses you'd better know how to make them respond. I can see the writing on the wall if he did NOT ask you to do this.
"I bought a horse from Clinton Anderson and it cost me yadayada ... and it's no good because yadayada." See where this is going?
I've been out of the loop and didn't see your response, BBCrone, to my problem with having to buy all his dvd's prior to buying one of his horses. I really see your point of view. You're right, if I never saw anything that he did, I wouldn't know what to do with one of his horses. Agreed
My issue was more in the condescending attitude he had. I'd told his staff that I wasn't a devoted follower of his program, had used it but had seen a lot of his shows on tv. They made the decision to put him in touch with me based on my total honesty.
When I brought this issue up to his staff, they told me it wasn't a problem as if I did purchase a horse, I'd spend at least a day (not much time in my opinion if I knew zero about his program) learning how to work with the horse, learning his methodology and having hands on time with his staff and CA. All of which I mentioned to Mr. CA when he called and told me to buy all of his products before buying one of his horses.
I'm not the sort to have a person powder my hind end..just show a bit of respect. No, I'm not a famous horsetrainer, or a famous anything else, but I do deserve to be treated in a respectful manner. IF he'd said to me, something to the affect of "if you purchase one of my horses w/o knowing anything about how he's trained, you both will be set up for failure" I'd have taken his commentary in a completely differernt way.
I've watched him at a clinic here in town a few years ago. I believe it was a 3day clinic. I have no idea of what was presented to the people who attended as far as what was to be expected of their horses in the physically fit sense, but on that third day, I saw exhausted horses.
While I was there for about 2.5hrs, I don't think the horses stopped cantering for more than 30min. In fact, one horse was so tired, it went to the middle of the arena and layed down with the rider still on it. He thought nothing of it, but went over amidst the concerns of colic and said if the horse didn't get up he'd spank it. Of course, it got up and went back to another hour of canter, canter and more canter.
I have NO problem with making a horse work. I see zero issue with sweat, or even lather. I know he was trying to make the most of the time he had with the people who attended. I get that and would agree. Not taking into consideration that most horses can't work to that level isn't smart, in my opinion.
When he did allow the horses to stop so he could describe something every single one of them was not only sweating, they were all trembling with exhaustion, then it was off to canter some more. I ended up leaving before the clinic was done, so maybe he cautioned people to not work their horse to that point when they were home, I'd like to think so.
I'm not trying to pick on CA, I've seen quite a few of his shows and like a lot of what I see. As with any trainer, you take the things that work for you, work for your horse and apply them. I think a smart horseperson has more than one way to train a horse, lot's of tools in the tool box, not just one cookie cutter way.
Again, thank you for looking at his point of view and pointing it out.