Anybody heard of Schiller? I love this guy! I do not like to single out one trainer and speak good of all his methods, instead I prefer elaborating/refining/compiling many trainer's, veterinarian's, and just about as many horse-people as possible, findings into my training arsenal, but I can't find one thing I seriously disagree with on Schiller, as he, like he says, doesn't make specialized training sessions to treat something like a "bridling problem" or a "bucking problem" but he prefers to treat holes in the basic training first and then simply re-introduce whatever the horse originally was said to have a symptom to. I haven't seen everything about him, but so far, it's great! My favorite clip of him is where he is handling a 17.1hh horse that was brought to him deemed "very, very hard to bridle", so Schiller shows the point where he's done with the basics and is just starting to put the bridle on the horse, and finds the horse resists. He stops right there and says it's not a bridling problem, it's a putting-things-in-his-mouth problem, further elaborated as he sets down the bridle and proceeds to present the horse's mouth with the lead rope, to which the horse gives a small fuss over, so Schiller proceeds to find the place the horse has "a little hesitation" with, not enough to freak, which would be having the rope on his lip. He goes through a rather steady yet quick repetition of holding the rope there until the horse lowers his head or opens his mouth, then takes the rope away, and repeats until there is no hesitation. I think it only took about ten minutes for him to finally put the bridle on with the bit in the horse's mouth, calmly, no head flipping. In the beginning you would see when Schiller tests how the horse will respond, the horse flips his head, backs up a step, and for most trainers you would see the trainer yank the rope, smack the horse, send the horse off around the round pen at a gallop or trot, shout at it, or otherwise correct it sharply, but instead Schiller merely follows the horse, and brings him back to the spot he was before to continue the session.
Here's the video I'm talking about, if nobody's seen it:
Do you have a trainer you really like, if it's not Schiller?