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post #11 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 07:40 PM
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chris cox is awesome, clinton is good, john lyons has done a lot for me and has helped me out a lot, but its also good when you know him good too! But i like chris and clinton because they do cutting and reining as i do. Tommy Garland taught me a lot also. Richard winters a working cow horse trainer from california is awesome too, he won road to the horse this year. I got to set down and talk to him for about an hour there and he needs more credit than what he gets. You can check his website out

My training program is a little bit of everyones own thing and I have just made it into mine. They all didnt get to were they are for nothing.
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post #12 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 08:51 PM
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My training program is a little bit of everyones own thing and I have just made it into mine. They all didnt get to were they are for nothing.

I agree with mostly but some trainer are better able to connect with you for whatever reason.

A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

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post #13 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 10:20 PM
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I like Chris Cox and Dennis Reis,but Clinton Anderson is my favorite.

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post #14 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 10:30 PM
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Clinton Anderson is the easiest for me to follow and I have gotten some good results. But working with a "live" trainer, who is very knowledgable has been the most useful for me.
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post #15 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 10:48 PM
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Clinton is my favorite. His methods make the most sense to me - kind if like, if you have an issue, and he says "do this and this and that", you step back and go "oh - well that makes sense why didn't I think of that?". I've also seen and had the best results from his methods. John Lyons is great, too. I've met both of them and they were both very nice in person, especially John. He talked to me about my horse for almost 20 minutes.

I'm not by any means a fan of Parelli, but that's a whole other issue.

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #16 of 42 Old 05-25-2009, 10:52 PM
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Out of the three choices I pick John Lyons.... But my favorite trainer is the one I use right here close to home.... :)

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Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
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post #17 of 42 Old 05-27-2009, 10:45 PM
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John Lyons here :) I won't bad mouth the others, but I prefer JL!! Going to Cert Training 2010 :) Which reminds me I need to bump my thread...
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post #18 of 42 Old 05-28-2009, 08:34 AM
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I am not very familiar with John Lyons but I have heard that he is very good. If I had to choose between Parelli and Anderson, I would pick Anderson hands down. His training techniques are more practical and have no "circus act" quality to them. To me, it just seems like Parelli is all about gimmicks. He is one hell of a horseman, don't get me wrong, but what he sells as a training tool to encourage green riders to get green horses seems very dangerous to me. Also, from what I have watched of him on RFD-TV, he seems to be all about the merchandise..... "Buy my bit, buy my saddle, buy my carrot stick, buy my hackamore. They will all make your relationship with your horse perfect." I just don't buy that.

However, I agree with Juniper. There is no way that a DVD could ever take the place of a good knowledgeable trainer with you on site to deal with any particular problems that pop up and aren't covered in your DVD.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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post #19 of 42 Old 05-28-2009, 10:41 AM
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Clinton is my favorite. His methods make the most sense to me.

I'm not by any means a fan of Parelli

Put your ass on some class...ride a THOROUGHBRED
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post #20 of 42 Old 05-28-2009, 01:47 PM
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Actually Pat suggests to green riders to work with their easiest and most broke horse first (if the person has more than one horse) or to find themselves a broke and easy horse to learn on. He has never once said "Even if you have no horse experience, my stuff will make magic happen on your green broke horse."
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