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post #1 of 6 Old 05-02-2010, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Chris Cox

For those who don't know, Chris Cox has a show on RFD-TV.

He's one horseman I have very much respected and feel I've learned a lot of what I know from him. Not at all aiming to offend anybody or make this one of "those" threads, but I feel that his training is a lot more natural to horses than today's concept of "natural" horsemanship. I like that he doesn't require a ton of equipment to carry out basic tasks (or even complicated ones, really), just the basic rope halter with long lead which is very handy for basic work on the ground, and of course tack .
I like that he does work on the ground to prepare horses' minds for things without way overdoing it. It seems to me that he and the horses he works with have a solid understanding of each other and respect for each other in just a short time of working together. I like his level of communication with horses and his openness to other disciplines both english and western. You can also tell by the way that he talks that he is more comfortable communicating with horses than with humans, and I like that about him.

Of course I don't feel that he is right all of the time because of course nobody is, but I feel that he is on a much better track than many other popular clinicians today.
I'm very curious to know what other HF members think of him as a horseman.

*Please, please no bashing of Chris or of other clinicians; that is not at all the intention of this thread. This thread is meant to respectfully state opinions about this particular horseman, nothing more. Thanks *
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-02-2010, 07:12 AM
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I love RFDTV, Chris Cox, and Clinton Anderson. And the extreme cowboy race.

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I like Chris Cox's methods probably over all of them. He's like the moderate in the training world. He's not a pushover, but he also doesn't run his horses into the ground with his methods. He gets the desired results and moves on. He usually is at the Equine Affair every other year in CA, CT and OH. I saw a few of his clinics and he's very entertaining.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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I'm with you, White Foot! Haha I love that race..
Craig Cameron is quite alright in my book, too.
I've learned so many different knots from his show, haha

I got to watch Chris's clinics at expos here in California a couple of times, it definitely was entertaining. He's a funny guy. A bit of a show-off but in a sort of a cute way, hahaha though he probably wouldn't appreciate that compliment. I was thrilled that I got to meet him when I was 14 or so at an expo, I have a signed poster of his hanging on my wall that I'm quite proud of, haha
He's been a lot like my mentor over the years, since I have not worked with a trainer much since I was little I took to the men of RFD-TV to further my training and he's definitely been my favourite by far.
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I do wish all of these guys, Chris Cox, Dennis Reis and Clinton Anderson would do more shows with them solving problems actually on horses. I would like to see how they handle horses who try to put down roots when they don't want to move forward or slow down a cantering horse that wants to take off. There's only so much you can do from the ground

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-02-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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That's true, they should have more like that.
I have seen a Downunder Horsemanship about taking off like that, I believe..and a Chris Cox about wanting to take off on the way back from a trail.
I don't recall any about stopping dead like that. They should have that, I know I've had that issue many times.
But I guess in most cases the answer would just be a good whack or two on the rump. That's what I always had to do.
Come to think of it now that I remember, I think Clinton has covered a somewhat similar issue, and he usually does an over/under with his mecate rein, since he uses one.
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