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post #31 of 40 Old 02-18-2009, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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well I've made this type of comment before on another horse forum and most of the women seem to have crushes on Mr. Anderson and just go off on me, but I'm gonna spout off anyways...i'm pretty sure if he didn't have that accent he'd be mucking stalls someplace. if you feel like you have to watch someone "famous" (on RFDtv) then you should watch Chris Cox, if you want to learn from someone a little lesser known but even better, look up Curt Pate, if you want to learn from someone completely unknown, but possibly better than all of them, look up Kevin Wescott.
Clinton Anderson may be a good looking man but I sure as hell am not so superficial that I would decide to follow his training practices because of that. I like Chris Cox, John Lyons and others as well and I think picking and choosing what works for you and your horse among different trainers is a good approach. I could care less if someone is famous, as long as they are a good trainer but obviously the "famous" ones are the ones we all hear about and have easy access to because they have around the country clinics, DVD's, books etc. (as long as you have the money anyway)
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post #32 of 40 Old 02-18-2009, 10:59 PM
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Personally I've never understood all the excitement over his looks....I don't think he's that good lookin at all! lol!
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post #33 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 12:49 AM
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My boyfriend just bought a set of Clinton Anderson's DVD's for us to use and I think he is great. I know everyone has their own opinion and everything. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. I just think he is a great teacher. I can't wait to try some of the things I've learned this weekend. I use to follow Parelli when I worked at a stable a long time ago. However, everyone I worked with stopped using Parelli and started to use Anderson. I guess you just have to see what works best for your horse.

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post #34 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 02:00 AM
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I don't really do alot of parelli I just go with the flow and use a few methods I have picked up from exp. But different things work on different horses luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve!
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post #35 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 04:09 AM
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I agree with Kentucky. Craig Cameron and Chris Cox work better for me, but I'm like Smrobs and use bits and pieces of all. I think for me anyway, Cameron and Cox do most of their training from the saddle rather than on the ground. Where I do believe in ground work as the foundation of a good horse you have to do the framework from the saddle. Parelli and Anderson spend a little too much time on the ground for me. They are all great horseman and I do learn from all of them.
Richard Winters is a good mix of both Parelli and Cameron-Cox.“Being a horseback rider is simply the art of not falling off,” says Winters. Winters credits the late Troy Henry with setting him on the trail from rider to horseman. “He was one of the first to take me past the mechanics of riding and toward understanding the higher levels of horsemanship.” Henry also played a big part in the formation of fellow natural horseman Pat Parelli’s ideas. Winters worked for Henry while Parelli was leasing stalls and working with the Clovis-based reined cow horse trainer. United by their common pursuit of horsemanship, Winters and Parelli formed a friendship and common bond that continues today without any formal affiliation. There is much common ground in their approaches. “Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult;” “Be as firm as necessary and as gentle as possible;” and “Reward the slightest try” are among the founding philosophies of both trainers’ programs.
As to how he differs from the many trainers and clinicians with similar approaches, Winters says, “I’d like to think I’m not a cookie cutter of one particular individual, but instead a product of many great horsemen.” In addition to Troy Henry and Pat Parelli, Winters counts Bill and Tom Dorrance, along with Ray Hunt among the many like-minded horsemen who’ve influenced his approach to horses and their owners. And the learning and influences continue. Today Winters says he’s thrilled to be advancing his own skills with help from legendary reined cow horse trainer Ted Robinson.
Winters is also the head trainer/clinician at the Thatcher School.
The Thacher School is a private boarding school for exceptional young people with strong academic backgrounds from around the world. Thacher's extensive horse program is second to none and is the centerpiece of their 117-year history.
Richard’s credentials include World Championship Titles in the National Reined Cow Horse Association along with being an A rated judge. Richard’s most recent accomplishment was making the Limited Open Finals at the World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2008. Richard also earned the Reserved Champion Title, in the Limited Open Derby, in Stephenville, Texas, in 2008. In 2007 Richard was named champion of the West Coast Equine Experience “$10,000 Colt Starting Challenge.” He was also presented with the 2007 Monty Roberts Equitarian Award for outstanding achievements in Horse/Human relationships.
Now if you want to talk who was the first Natural Horsemanship trainer I would check out "Dr. William Key". I will make a post in the "Famous Horses" sub forum on Doc Key and his horse Beautiful Jim Key.

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post #36 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 04:16 AM
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I've been really on the fence trying to decide wether I wanted to buy clinton anderson or parelli training dvds for my horse, and so I have been watching a lot of both trainers on rfdtv. I love clintons more stern ways but love the at liberty stuff with parelli too. One thing really disturbed me while watching Linda parelli teaching people the sideways game. She said that if your horse is trying to intimidate or bully you...get behind the fence that you are trying to get him to sidepass so that you will feel safer. That really bothered me, because sooner or gotta come out from behind the fence...if you have to train your horse from there...your gonna be in trouble. I like the fact that clinton anderson goes right to teaching you how to gain your horses respect. Im not really the person to ask since im having horse troubles...but I just thought I'd add that tidbit.
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post #37 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 11:12 AM
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If you are confident enough to tackle the horse's bullying head on, then you don't HAVE to get on the other side of the fence. But some people are more reserved and they need to feel safe, so you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself safe. And even if you are on the other side of the fence, the lesson you are teaching your horse doesn't change....he will still learn to get out of your space and once you have more respect from your horse and your confidence is up, then you can move to the same side of the fence.
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post #38 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 01:59 PM
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I have got 2 of his dvd's a xmas gift to myself hehehe. The one dvd bored to tears out of me its called Correctiong proublems on the trail. It pretty much goes over the same thing over and over again. Hwever the second dvd I got Riding with Confidence Series 1 is so helpful and easy to follow I have decided when I am done it I will buy the next. His dvd's are $$$ so I thought I would start with these 2 before I get more. I agree with one of the comments above in he does not baby his horses but only disiplins when needed and he is not hard to look at either. As well he is fun to watch unlike some who you end up bored because of the mono tone voice.

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post #39 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 04:00 PM
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Here is my 2 cents!

I love how CA does his easy to follow instruction videos.

He shows you a finished horse, and then he shows you unfinished horses.

Not only are they unfinished, but he will show you how a lazy horse AND an energetic horse will react to the training. Big help.

Then he shows you any and all "trainer" problems and "horse" problems that may come up and how to overcome that.

I have seen CA in person a couple of times. I was shocked to see the welts on the horses! That's his black and white theory. Be as firm as you need to... theory.

I myself don't agree with that much force while training and have personally never have done that to my horses.

Even so, his dvd's are the reason why I was able to keep a young horse I had just purchased. His dvd's gave me the confidence.

It was only after learning from CA that I understood any of Parelli.

I am/was a dvd junkie so I have tons of them from PP, C Cox, Ken McNabb, Stacy Westfall and religiously watch all of the trainers on RFDTV. I love C Cameron's shows that teach me how to use my body/legs/hands.

So, I definitely incorporate several styles in my training. Because of this I took a horse that I thought I would have to sell and made him into the best horse I have ever ridden!

Oh, and btw, while I don't think CA is ugly by any means, neither do I think he's a hunk! That would fall to another Aussie guy in my opinion, Keith Urban!

Hmm, I wonder if I could get Keith Urban to put out a horse training dvd? Now that I would buy!
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post #40 of 40 Old 02-21-2009, 06:59 PM
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Ohhh, Keith Urban, now that's more like it! lol!
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