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    11-09-2013, 06:20 PM
Clinton Anderson groundwork?

Hi all, I have all the Clinton Anderson groundwork videos, and confidence in the saddle videos. Do his methods work? My horse has had very limited training, and what he was given was poor quality. I am currently working with a good trainer, but I wanted to use these groundwork videos to help along. Opinions? And side note, I am not some newbie running along with a crazy horse, do have experience and safe facilities with plenty of experienced people to help along.
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    11-09-2013, 06:23 PM
I'm a fan of Clinton's methods. In my opinion though, they work best with a pushy, unflappable horse, and they can be a bit overwhelming for the timid nervous horses. Everything is really easy to follow and he's good at explaining concepts. The main thing I dislike in his under saddle stuff is that his horses are often over flexed and held in that position for a long time.
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    11-09-2013, 06:24 PM
And he already had decent respect of me. He would not dream of kicking, biting or pushing me. I just want to take it to the next level.
    11-09-2013, 06:25 PM
He is definitely a more assertive animal, lol. He was a holy living terror when I got him. Not timid in the slightest.
    11-09-2013, 06:38 PM
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I agree with GamingGirl. For me, the principles behind the exercises are good - I just (for want of a better word) scale them back in recognition of what my horses can handle and absorb. And I am definitely not a fan, or user, of the over flexion exercises as he shows them.
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    11-09-2013, 06:49 PM
I used a lot of CA to train my gelding. He is a draft cross and can get that stubborn draft "I don't wanna, you can't make me" attitude. I got my gelding as a barely-handled 2yo with zero ground manners and barely halter broke (he could lead from A to B, but it wasn't pretty). He is now a 4.5yo who is a favorite around the barn because he is so easy to handle. My BO has been able to lead him to and from turnout with simply a lead rope looped around his neck, and has, on occasion, let her kids lead him to and from turnout (her oldest is 10). He hadn't been lunged in months when I pulled him out the other day and popped him in the round pen. I only had his lead rope with me, but all I had to do was point and give him the verbal command and he responded immediately.

I haven't used a lot of his under saddle stuff, but I have noticed the over-flextion noted by the others.
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    11-09-2013, 06:51 PM
Yeah, I noticed the over flexion on the cover, but im more interested in his groundwork. I do not have a rope halter, however my horse is not very pushy or aggressive toward me (he learned long ago that it is not acceptable). Can I use my regular halter?
    11-09-2013, 06:55 PM
CA methods work I follow the exercises with all my horses, who have varying personalities. From my been there done that 17yo to my BLM mustang who was 5yo and un-handled when I got her. You have to adjust your energy level depending on the horse some are more sensitive and do not take much pressure others need more pressure. Horses learn from the release of pressure, so timing is everything. CA defiantly will help if you have a pushy dominant type to teach you to teach them about being respectful.
    11-09-2013, 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
Yeah, I noticed the over flexion on the cover, but im more interested in his groundwork. I do not have a rope halter, however my horse is not very pushy or aggressive toward me (he learned long ago that it is not acceptable). Can I use my regular halter?
You can use whatever halter you want. I started out with a flat nylon halter, then moved to a rope halter because my gelding outgrew his nylon halter (which was a large horse size) and wasn't quite big enough for a draft size nylon halter. He was a bit more responsive in the rope halter, I will admit. Rope halters are relatively cheap, too (paid $15 for mine).
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    11-09-2013, 06:59 PM
I guess I'll be getting a rope halter next time I'm at the tack shop, then. For now I'll just use my regular halter. Thanks!

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