I want to know who everybody's favorite horse trainer is. Doesn't matter what discipline, doesn't matter if they're famous or not, I want to know everybody's opinion. I thought this would be a good idea for a thread :]. Tell why you like who you like, give a story, get as detailed as you like!
My neighbor, Jim. He is an old Oklahoma cowboy, anytime I need help with a naughty horse he is always there for me. He truly does whisper to the horses. I once saw him load a 3 yr old Appy stud colt that was completely wild, in a 40 acre pasture, into his trailer. All he used was his body position, voice and a hip rope- a lariat draped over one haunch to direct him in. It was amazing!
I have to say my Dad. As far as experience goes, he has done some things in his life than 99.99% of horse people will never even see, let alone believe. He has successfully trained everything from WP, reining, roping, working cow horse, halter, HUS, even a hunter/jumper or 2, polo ponies, driving teams, and pretty much anything else he was asked to do. He had a very successful show career from the early seventies to the mid nineties, some of that in the Appaloosa show world and the rest in the AQHA. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting and listening him tell stories about when he was younger and some of the horses that he rode, some of the things that he won, and some of the people that he met. He worked for Billy Allen for a while and they are still friends to this day.
And as for trainers, It's gotta be Jim M. He is a retired cop, and I am his only "prodige", (as he calls me). He is a great guy, and a heck of a horseman. He has taught me so many things in the three months I have worked with him.
Not only does he know how to persuade a horse, but he acts like a dad to his horses. If a 60 some year old man in full cowboy getup goes to fix his horses "boo boo and owie", you know he has a soft spot in his heart. Literally, he said boo boo and owie. Several times.
He has taken and introduced me to almost all of the top horse trainers in our area. And probably 20 more exceptional riders and then others. He always will tell me the low down on people (who is sketchy, who trains this way, who isn't the greatest person for advice, where your money is well spent, etc.).
He is a great guy and I have never seen him mistreat a horse. He has never yelled at me for making a mistake (although he is quick to correct) and understands I'm still learning the horse game and am new to the game of young horses.
I would also like to give my dues to Robin D. Who taught me how to ride and the basics of horsecare, Without her and her family, I would not be the horsewoman I am today.
And every other horsemen out there who have given me advice. Even if it was only a small detail, It still made me a better horsewoman.
I'm a big Clinton Anderson fan. Cleve Wells, even with all of his issues, also has some handy books out. Lynn Palm has definitely changed my view as to what the Quarter Horse can do. I had the pleasure of watching her ride her Paint Rugged Painted Lark in a demonstration.