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    08-10-2009, 10:28 AM
Hey, here's a thread that's got a video on it - I'm not yet sure who the western rider is, but watch his horse - he's behind the vertical! Does the horse look like he's fighting the bit?

There you are! My stupid computer is so slow, I only loaded the first 20 seconds of it, LOL!
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    08-12-2009, 12:42 PM
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Alot of Clinton Andersons ways helped my show horse a ton and really helped me finish him. His bending exercises are fantastic. I lovelove Clinton Andrerson sometimes. But he is a tad over agressive on repeating EVERYTHING. His intructional video on the tie-ring when it came out he must have said "Your horse will die 1 2 3 DIE" atleast 12 times at the least. Some of his methods make me giggle. To each is own
    08-12-2009, 04:18 PM
I think his methods are so convulated with marketing tricks and "tv personality" agendas that I can't stand watching him. Which is kind of sad because he either is or was a good trainer probably.
    08-12-2009, 06:05 PM
Would you rather be bored to tears by a trainer who's got zero personality?
What's wrong with the guy making a good living at what he does?? Never could understand people begrudging Clinton Anderson and others like him who have found a nitch and made it work for themselves. Welcome to America, dude. Land of the free and home of the infomercial.

CA has got some awesome stuff that works. I use it all the time and get the results I need. He cuts through the crap and gets to the point. Yeah, he can use his goofy stick a bit much, but it's fiberglass and it doesn't hurt. I've hit myself with it and can attest that it's more of a bounce, than a whack.

If you don't want to spend the $ on his handy stick you can get the exact same thing at half circle You can buy all the rope there then rent his videos from several dvd rental places online. You can rent his stuff for less than $10 a month.

Funny story....I went to see CA at a demo where there were these two women who were walking out at the intermission. They were miffed. One of them said to the other, "it's the same stuff that he does on tv!"
(um. Yeah. Things that make you go, "DUH!!")
    08-16-2009, 01:46 PM
I have seen CA and Dennis Reis clinics and I hosted a Ray Hunt clinic. Ray Hunt is the "inventor" of the horse clinic and has forgotten more about horses than most of these other clinicians will learn. Sadly, he died earlier this year. I would try to get the Dennis Reis appreticeship if I were young and unattached but either one would be great for starting a carreer. One of the hardest things for an aspiring trainer to do is get good horses and build a reputation. Being in a program like that gives you a little credibility.
Good luck it's extremely competitive so if you don't make it with one of them keep trying.
    08-16-2009, 02:01 PM
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I don't know much about CA except for a book that I have, I'm not sure of the name right off the top of my head but it has pretty much every one of his exercises with tons of pictures and information, but from that book I've gained a dislike of him.

It seems like a lot of his methods depend on turning the horse into something that won't do anything without human intervention. Like his exercise where the horse is supposed to go in a straight line at whatever gait you tell them until you tell them to stop. I personally want my horse to think for herself. I want her to be able to choose where she think the safest place is to walk on the trail instead of relying on me to tell her.

He does have a few great exercises, I really like how he explains flexion and disengagement of the various body parts in his book.
I'm sure it works great for some people and I'm happy for those people but Lacey and I will never be one pairs that has success with that sort of thing.

I'm with Spastic Dove, if I had to choose a trainer to apprentice with it'd be Monty Roberts.
    08-16-2009, 02:02 PM
I think his methods are so convulated with marketing tricks and "tv personality" agendas that I can't stand watching him. Which is kind of sad because he either is or was a good trainer probably

I went to my first CA clinic about 9 years ago and enjoyed it greatly then I went to one a couple of years ago and it was like the circus had come to town. There literally were two big tents with all kinds of stuff he was trying to peddle. It's the same way with his TV show. At one time it was informative and interesting and he concentrated on training techniques. The last time I watched it it was an infomercial about stall shavings or something like that. That takes away some of the desire to go to his clinics but I would not say his techniques are any less effective.
    08-16-2009, 05:35 PM
Whispering Meadows - I completely forgot about this thread. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you - especially since we are practically neighbors! I hope you got what you needed from this thread. There are pros and cons for each of the current trainers on RFD-TV. I suspect that CA is a very good horse trainer - especially when he is NOT on TV or in front of a crowd. No one can deny his showmanship - that's for sure. I would encourage you to try to get the apprenticeship. You don't have to agree with his methods to learn from him.

As for the rest of us - we can take from his methods what we want or need, and disregard the rest - yes?
    01-10-2010, 02:49 PM
I know I am a little late on this but I just joined this board. HI! Lol
Whispering Meadows::: I watch RFD-TV all the time. I saw that he was taking applications for the "Learn. Train. Teach" Apprenticeship. I applied thinking "what the hay ill try it and if I don't get it oh well!" well low and behold I got a call from Shana Terry who went through the program and has graduated and is teaching at his ranch still. And I got it. Im on the waiting list at #6 but my life has done a complete 180. Its crazyyy. I hope you apply and get started!!
    01-10-2010, 08:46 PM
I like his methods. He has incorporated many good trainers into his method. But, like it was said earlier, it would be very hard to get into his program. But you don't know if you don't try.

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