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post #11 of 21 Old 05-15-2013, 10:33 PM
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I see Tommy as an entertainer, but not a horseman. I'd much rather watch someone like Guy McLean. If a horse acts out he reacts with humor and patience instead of lashing out in anger or frustration. Just my $.02 :)
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-15-2013, 10:46 PM
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Never heard of him but what little I Googled I would say he decided to shove his way into the clinician fad for the purpose of money and getting his name out.

OHL, I think you did right by walking away. If you want to attend clinics as a means to expand your knowledge there are way better ones to go to :)
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-15-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Never heard of him but what little I Googled I would say he decided to shove his way into the clinician fad for the purpose of money and getting his name out.

OHL, I think you did right by walking away. If you want to attend clinics as a means to expand your knowledge there are way better ones to go to :)
I agree 100%. I was there to support my girlfriend who was in the clinic and tried to like him since I loved the 2013 Budweiser commercial that he trained the horse in. But.....didn't work.....I hated him AND his wife. I was taken back by so many of the other people there worshiping them, including my friends. Oy.
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-15-2013, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I see Tommy as an entertainer, but not a horseman. I'd much rather watch someone like Guy McLean. If a horse acts out he reacts with humor and patience instead of lashing out in anger or frustration. Just my $.02 :)
That's a good way to put it....good entertainer, but nothing more.... At the clinic, he wasn't even that.....
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post #15 of 21 Old 05-19-2013, 02:16 PM
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He comes to my local county fair every year, and I am not impressed by his attitude at all. It seems as if Turvey is LOOKING for reasons to start problems - he yells at his wife for not being fast enough, yells at people, yells at his dogs/horses . . .

One of his "signatures", at least when he comes to my fair, is having a person in the crowd try "Roman Riding". He seriously just picks from raised hands, asks if they ride horses, and puts them on. Very entertaining, but I also think very dangerous. He doesn't know the person's let of experience or how well they balance, and I've never seen a person sign a waiver. One of my friends wanted me to do it . . . No thank you!

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post #16 of 21 Old 09-09-2013, 02:44 PM
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Tommie trained my horse

I had my horse trained by Tommie Turvey. My horse needed manners and I was not able to do it with him as I had several major surgeries to my structure just so I could stand up and walk. I was afraid of my horse and decided to sell him. My husband convinced me to not sell the horse but to have him trained to do liberty and ground exercises. I sent the horse to Tommie and Chantal and when I got him back , it was like having a new horse. He was taught to respect my space, to do liberty and to trail ride safely over obstacles. My horse also learned a few tricks that made my time spent with him fun even if I did not get on his back. Tommie and Chantal gave me a lot of encouragement to get on my horse and I did for the first time in several years. I rode my horse safely and with confidence. I have since been trail riding my horse at Cook Forest, the State parks in NJ and now in Florida. My horse will work in the arena at liberty when I am not feeling up to riding. I have had a bilateral knee replacement, hip replacement and spinal fusion. I was ready to give up horses when I had all of this work done. I trust my horse and he trusts me. I know riding any horse is dangerous. My Dr advised me to live my life and enjoy what I do with the horses. I do. I enjoy what Tommie and Chantal did with my horse to make him a valuable member of the family again. In the horse training world, there are a lot of gimmicks to sell the services of clinicians. Tommie does not need gimmicks. His reputation is a positive one amongst many followers in this horse world. He fills seats at all expos and performances. He is a unique man with a lot of talent. Everyone has a bad day and maybe those here who diss him caught him on a bad day. No one is perfect. All trainers have bad days, most of them are not seen by the hundreds of followers. What Tommie and Chantal did for me is priceless. Thank you for giving me back my courage to enjoy my horse both from the saddle and on the ground.
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Laying a horse down isn't necessarily a trick but a useful training tool. When a horse is lying down, it is vulnerable to attack. That is why another horse always stands guard. When a trainer lays a horse down he is using the horse's vulnerability as an attitude adjuster. The key is to keep the horse down until it lets out a big sigh. That means it has given up and is prepared to die. When the horse is allowed up, the aggression/dominance is usually gone.
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post #18 of 21 Old 09-09-2013, 06:56 PM
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I saw him perform at a local rodeo this summer. I must say that I was greatly underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were too high or something, but I was expecting a little bit more reading of body language and less "here, let me pop this whip in your face until you turn around or back up".

99% of the people didn't even notice it but there was quite a few times during his performance when his horses just sort of flipped him the bird when he asked them to do something. He covered it up well by just slipping onto something else that the horse was more willing to do, but it still happened.

He's a great entertainer for folks that don't know a **** thing about horses, but I wouldn't waste time on one of his clinics.
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-10-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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My BIG problem with Tommy was his having a 'basic' horse clinic and turning it into 'see what I can do with my horse' show. This clinic was NOT advertised as an advanced trick clinic or such. I went to observe since my girlfriend was in it. Some of these people couldn't ride or even lead their horses....and they were being shown how to lay down their horses. DANGEROUS! AND, he was quite arrogant with Chantel and ladies in the clinic when it was hard for them to do what he asked to lay down their horses.
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post #20 of 21 Old 09-10-2013, 09:16 AM
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I do have to say I like watching Tommy Turvie perform with his horses, never been to a clinic so I don't have any imput there. I do have to say I like him a lot less after I saw his last performance with Pokerjoe. The horse was obviously lame and sour and he was using it anyway, really turned me off. I think its time he retire the horse from performing.
That was the same night I saw Guy McLeon for the first time, and wow he really blew me away!
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