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post #41 of 51 Old 08-11-2013, 09:59 PM
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I like him and wish he'd come this way :)
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post #42 of 51 Old 08-12-2013, 10:57 AM
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I really like that he's easy to understand and straightforward. I also like that he's not trying to sell me a bunch of products at outrageous prices like many other NH 'gurus'.
But my favorite thing about him is that he works with the individual horse instead of trying to fit them into some sort of routine or plan that's supposed to work with every horse. There's no Horsenality or seven games (not bashing them, just saying they don't work for me personally).

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post #43 of 51 Old 08-12-2013, 11:31 AM
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I like that his approach is very common sense based. There are no tricks, gimmicks and complicated games and tests and other overwhelming programs.
It is actually a dream of mine to participate in one of his clinics.

Maybe one day...

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post #44 of 51 Old 08-12-2013, 03:31 PM
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Last fall three of my friends went to see him in W Va. They came back very disappointed. Their take was that he was arrogant, rude and condescending. Firstly, he saw someone taking a picture, assumed she was video taping, which is not allowed, told her to stop, she said she was just taking a picture and he said that if this shows up on YouTube "I will hunt you down bitch". Yep, that's what he said. He never got off his horse to help any of the participants and called them mentally challenged many times. One exercise a girl specifically asked him to demonstrate and he said no.

I'm glad I already had plans and couldn't go.

Oh, two of them were at the clinic I attended in Georgia last year and shared what they saw and heard with several other participants and no one was surprised. Seems he has clinic burn out. Chris Cox had even heard stories about how degrading has can be to participants. Maybe he needs to take a break ;)
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post #45 of 51 Old 08-13-2013, 03:11 AM
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I am subscribed to his youtube channel and many of his videos have helped me with both of my horses. Including the teaching collection one for Mitch, and many others for DJ who is a very hard horse to ride and deal with on the ground (she can't even walk a straight line for flatwork, we leg yield everywhere, until I add a jump in there then she will go straight to wherever I ask as long as she gets to jump now and then)

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post #46 of 51 Old 08-26-2013, 11:28 PM
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Took his H1 in 2009. Also was able to spectate earlier this month in Kiowa, Co. He is definitely blunt, which personally I like. In 09 and the clinic a month ago he did really get after a few ladies which the ladies definitely deserved every bit of it.

If you listen and really try, you will get along well with Buck. If your lazy and the type to question him and his methods, probably best that you stayed home. If you get your feelings hurt easily, stay home. It does make for good entertainment though.

I've probably watched his tapes hundreds of times (seriously) and seem to catch something I missed earlier. We had small classes in 09, maybe 12. In Kiowa there were 24 in H1 and 18 in H2. Way too many. All but maybe 5 of those horses should have probably been put into foundation horsemanship or back to ground working. I would like to take more advanced clinics from him but I'm just not 100% sold on the hackmore stage.

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post #47 of 51 Old 08-27-2013, 12:07 AM
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Took his H1 in 2009. Also was able to spectate earlier this month in Kiowa, Co. He is definitely blunt, which personally I like. In 09 and the clinic a month ago he did really get after a few ladies which the ladies definitely deserved every bit of it.

If you listen and really try, you will get along well with Buck. If your lazy and the type to question him and his methods, probably best that you stayed home. If you get your feelings hurt easily, stay home. It does make for good entertainment though.

I've probably watched his tapes hundreds of times (seriously) and seem to catch something I missed earlier. We had small classes in 09, maybe 12. In Kiowa there were 24 in H1 and 18 in H2. Way too many. All but maybe 5 of those horses should have probably been put into foundation horsemanship or back to ground working. I would like to take more advanced clinics from him but I'm just not 100% sold on the hackmore stage.

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Just curious, how come your not sure your sold on the hackamore stage?
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Took his H1 in 2009. Also was able to spectate earlier this month in Kiowa, Co. He is definitely blunt, which personally I like. In 09 and the clinic a month ago he did really get after a few ladies which the ladies definitely deserved every bit of it.

If you listen and really try, you will get along well with Buck. If your lazy and the type to question him and his methods, probably best that you stayed home. If you get your feelings hurt easily, stay home. It does make for good entertainment though.

I've probably watched his tapes hundreds of times (seriously) and seem to catch something I missed earlier. We had small classes in 09, maybe 12. In Kiowa there were 24 in H1 and 18 in H2. Way too many. All but maybe 5 of those horses should have probably been put into foundation horsemanship or back to ground working. I would like to take more advanced clinics from him but I'm just not 100% sold on the hackmore stage.

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when he did a clinic in Easton, Wa march of 2012 there must have been 35 riders!
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post #49 of 51 Old 08-27-2013, 02:28 PM
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... Firstly, he saw someone taking a picture, assumed she was video taping, which is not allowed, told her to stop
When he came here to Maui a few years ago, he let me videotape. I later gave it to the gal whose horse he was working.

I didn't care so much for his superior attitude, but he was SO effective with this particular horse, and I did learn a lot. Still, I like a trainer who can also be soft. Maybe that's something for the VERY advanced.
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post #50 of 51 Old 08-27-2013, 03:34 PM
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Just curious, how come your not sure your sold on the hackamore stage?
I'd be curious to know to. that was my favorite stage until i got to the 2 rein stage. The hack is where I realy started to notice and work on the softness.

Nice avatar by the way.
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