I went to observe a Tommy Turvey clinic recently. It was a smaller type clinic held at a private ranch and had about ten participating people with their horses.
I can appreciate the knowlege he has as part of his business as a 'trick trainer'. That is what he is paid to do, so we have horses who make these commercials and movies that amaze us.
My problem is taking this knowlege and using it in a clinic with people who are already bringing their horses to these clinics because they are having problems with them. In other words.....why are we teaching 'how to lay down your horse' when some of these people can barely even lead their horses confidently? As a trainer, he should know how dangerous it is to teach these horses these tricks. So to give a shortened versioin to the general public in a few short steps, I think, is very dangerous! You have to be careful what you say to people. They don't hear about how much preparation needs to be done...they just see the end result of Tommy laying down their horse...so they then believe that their horse is now trained to do this. Plus, saying things like he trains some of these tricks in their stalls and does the first ride of his mustang in a stall is insane. People are now going to go home and ride/train their horses in their stalls.
Is it just me being too sensitive and skeptical? Maybe I just see the danger, when there really isn't any????
I went to this clinic to support a friend of mine who was participating. To me, I can respect what he does as his profession, but not to try and teach to the general public. I also did NOT care for his or his wife's attitude. I don't care how famous he is. Just my opinion.