Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
In a recent AQHA magazine they talked about a show that had just gone on... I forget what it's called. But it's basically the same thing as RTTH, except the trainers stand outside the rings and coach a family member in starting the horse. It is a good concept, but I don't think anyone they coached were newbies.
And yes doing clinics about retraining horses would be GREAT, but it does get a bit ugly, and people who don't really know that much about horses in general would see it as abuse or mistreatment. I've heard of a lady riding by while a trainer was working with a horse... She freaked out at the trainer for 'hitting' the horse.. The horse was panicking and she was trying to stop it from running over her while it panicked... So maybe doing a public display of retraining problem horses isn't really the best idea..
"It is the difficult horses that have the most to teach you" - Double Dan Horsemanship