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    08-13-2012, 09:08 PM
Wink General opinions on Westfall and CA..

Since i'm limited on equipment and general training facilities (budget too as of the moment). I thought about trying some new training material, like Stacy Westfall and Clinton Anderson. I joined Stacy's blog and homepage for new and useful info, and occasionally I get to catch CA on sunday mornings, otherwise I watch it via his website.
Since today I took my mare out for a general lesson and I rode her back from the mail box (about an 1/8 mile), she did good, then all of the sudden she turned into a total butt head, I got her back under control after a few circles and facing the opposite direction. She definitely needs some work, her buddy sourness is beginning to drive me nuts. So I thought with what little money I have I would try some more ground manners techniques and focus lessons. Until I get the money saved back to go and work with a professional. So I wanted any general opinions on either trainer. Any other trainers are welcome in my list of teachers to study...
***i have used parelli and she gets bored with it, gets her to focus, but other than that she could care less. I joined their group for the free 30 days and learned some, but some of it I totally didn't get. It seemed to drone on and on and I lost focus myself. Had some very useful info and tips.***
P.S. About how much does giddyupflix cost?? Hubby already has netflix.
Thanks for reading and your thoughts!!!
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    08-13-2012, 09:10 PM
I am a CA fan for groundwork.

I forget how much giddyupflix is but just check their website:

They have loads of other trainers too.
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    08-13-2012, 09:14 PM
I don't know those trainers but have heard of them. I think you can get some good ideas from them don't just stick to one as the more different methods your exposed to the more you have to compare and contrast to. Spending any time with your horse working or just hanging out more would help you bond and develop with your horses. Don't forget the horses are pretty good trainers.
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    08-13-2012, 09:21 PM
I really enjoy the CA method, especially on groundwork.

I swear by it after my "lost cause" and "dangerous" mare got turned into a kids pony....
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    08-13-2012, 09:23 PM
Originally Posted by Cintillate    
I don't know those trainers but have heard of them. I think you can get some good ideas from them don't just stick to one as the more different methods your exposed to the more you have to compare and contrast to. Spending any time with your horse working or just hanging out more would help you bond and develop with your horses. Don't forget the horses are pretty good trainers.
I know, that's why i've asked for opinions on some good ones. I've read Monty Roberts book, read Parellie's book, and used some of his methods. Roberts I can't as of I don't have a round pen. Have been reading a few other books on just general training. I'm very open minded and willing to check out and research anyone.
I spend as much time as I can with them, and yes they have taught me a lot. I love spending hours with them either in their pasture or hangin out walking on a loose lead browsing the vegetation on the side of our back road. <<hence my avatar LOL<<
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    08-13-2012, 09:24 PM
Giddyupflix starts at 10.95 per month
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    08-13-2012, 09:24 PM
Love Stacy Westfall, she is a true horsewoman.

For those not familiar with her, watch this - it will blow your mind.

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    08-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Here is a similar video with CA and Mindy.
Clinton Anderson and Mindy - YouTube

Another lady I love, who takes a little to get used to is Cynthia Royal. You can download her training series right now for $20. She is very treat and positive reinforcement oriented, so she is a little less "practical" for a lot of people, but I have played around with her methods with great success. I love her. She is kind of nutty, but really cool.

Have the Perfect Horse with Cynthia Royal - YouTube
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    08-13-2012, 09:46 PM
I am a fan of Clinton Anderson. My geldings really catch on quick to his Method. Its easy to follow and don't get bored.

I took one gelding, Cosmo, to one of Shana Terry's 3 day clinic and it was great! We both learned so much. There was a couple of times that Shana had to yank a knot in his tail, but he ended up seeing it her way! Nothing cruel, nothing abusive.

I may not follow it daily or even weekly. But when they need a refresher on certain exercises, flexing, yielding or anything really. They both pick it up again very quickly and the little issues we were having are quickly solved.

This works for me. Study different methods and see what works for you and your horse. Good luck.
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    08-13-2012, 09:47 PM
I was friends with Cynthia on facebook...She made a point on the "Ed the naughty pony" video that she could take a day with it and teach it to piaffe, be willing, things like that. It's been awhile but I will admit I laughed a little at the piaffe part....
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