Originally Posted by My2Geldings
Don't waste your money on any of the above. What they teach is basic horse handling you will learn on your own by simply spending time with you horse..
My2geldings! That really surprises me coming from you. With no previous knowledge of horsemanship, trying to learn on your own is like trying to reinvent the wheel.
Anyway, all the above trainers, and others like John Lyons, Mary Twelve Ponies, and Monte Robers, just to name a few more, have something to teach you but how it applies to you depends on what you are trying to accomplish. All the trainers in the world can't help you if you don't understand how a horse's mind works and how to read his body language. All you will get from them is a mechanical understanding but not the root of their teaching.
My2geldings is right in that you need to understand your horse and that comes from time and experience watching them and how they interact with each other and their human partners.
You most certainly should read all those clinicians but I found that understanding them takes time. After a lifetime around horses I get a kick out of something that I reread and the little lightbulb in my brain clicks on.