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post #1 of 23 Old 03-15-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Clinton Anderson background?

I'm curious if anyone knows CA's training background? It is quite obvious he's Parelli trained, just wondering what level he got to, was he ever a Parelli instructor...??
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I'm curious if anyone knows CA's training background? It is quite obvious he's Parelli trained, just wondering what level he got to, was he ever a Parelli instructor...??
I don't think it is obvious that he has any relationship with Parelli. This is on the web.

Clinton Anderson was born and raised in Australia. His family encouraged him to pursue his talent for horse training at a very early age. As a teenager, he apprenticed with renowned Australian clinician and horse trainer Gordon McKinlay and the, Ian Frances. Clinton then came to the U.S. to train with Al Dunning. He returned to Australia but then moved permanently to the U.S. in 1997.
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Oh OK, just that virtually everything I've seen/heard from him is so much the same as Parelli tactics, often virtually word for word. I know many of the 'Gurus' learned from the same sources, but it is the degree of similarities that made me think he must have been Parelli trained.
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I would argue that the two are very different. There are enough pat vs Clinton threads here to prove that people view them as almost opposites. They both use pressure/release methods, both market the heck out of themselves, and have both made themselves look like fools at one time or another. Clinton is an effective teacher, and does well in groundwork. But there is no 'horsenality' or games with him. I'm not sure what Parelli is good at, as I've never followed his philosophies, but I would argue that developing a bond is important to him, whereas Clinton wants a horse that will do what it's told. I'm not a fan of either, but I'm just trying to point out some of their differences.
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They are about polar opposites.

Parelli picks and pecks at horses so much that many just end up confused and mad.

CA just flexes them laterally until they give up all bad thoughts and behaviors. He really over-does the maneuver.

But, if I were to buy or ride one, it would definitely be one that CA had trained.

CA has at least successfully trained and shown some reiners. He won the Congress Futurity a few years back. He originally came with Mindy to compete in the NRHA Futurity or Derby. I do not remember which, but I watched his run -- long before he put together his horsemanship program. He did a credible job with her but not good enough to make the finals but he sure did not get embarrassed for a 'newby'.
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Life is like a smorgasbord. I've incorporated some of both Parelli and Anderson's training methods with my horse. A well rounded horse person will seek knowledge from where ever they can and use the method that works the best for them.

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CA works a horse enough to tire it. A tired horse learns to conserve energy. In order to conserve energy it learns that bucking or bolting is wasted energy.
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I'll have to look more. Just all I have seen & heard has looked SO like I remember 'PNH' - that was also over a decade back too tho...
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Yes he did train with parelli for awhile.
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^I was sure I'd read that somewhere...
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