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post #1 of 10 Old 02-17-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Clinton Anderson First Steps-people that have used his methods

Ok so I don't like to "preach" about Natural Horsemanship but I do like what I've seen from CA. I bought his book that shows the first steps on groundwork because my horse needs to learn his manners. For anyone who has used him, would it be ok to do the hula hoop technique (for him to learn personal space) then desensitize him with the rope all in the same session?
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Ok so I don't like to "preach" about Natural Horsemanship but I do like what I've seen from CA. I bought his book that shows the first steps on groundwork because my horse needs to learn his manners. For anyone who has used him, would it be ok to do the hula hoop technique (for him to learn personal space) then desensitize him with the rope all in the same session?
Yes... go to www.downunderhorsemanship.tv and watch his serious. He's recently taken a OTTB and retrain him with his methods he goes through the round penning, desensitizing etc.... I use his methods along with others and love him....

Also he's got his old DVD's out Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground Series I, II and III go to ebay and see if you can bid on on the first series... you can also go to youtube to watch his video also he's on RFD-TV....

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Yes... go to www.downunderhorsemanship.tv and watch his serious. He's recently taken a OTTB and retrain him with his methods he goes through the round penning, desensitizing etc.... I use his methods along with others and love him....

Also he's got his old DVD's out Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground Series I, II and III go to ebay and see if you can bid on on the first series... you can also go to youtube to watch his video also he's on RFD-TV....

I bought his book Establishing Respect and Control and my barn owner is letting me borrow her Gaining Respect/Control dvd tomorrow. Just wanted to know if that would be too much in the first "session". I'm excited to get started!
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I was watching the OTTB to on RFD-TV. I love Tricky! It was really helpful to watch him go through all the steps one at a time.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I bought his book Establishing Respect and Control and my barn owner is letting me borrow her Gaining Respect/Control dvd tomorrow. Just wanted to know if that would be too much in the first "session". I'm excited to get started!
No it won't be too much for one session... how old is your horse?

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Ok so I don't like to "preach" about Natural Horsemanship but I do like what I've seen from CA. I bought his book that shows the first steps on groundwork because my horse needs to learn his manners. For anyone who has used him, would it be ok to do the hula hoop technique (for him to learn personal space) then desensitize him with the rope all in the same session?
You'll find that you pretty much need to do a little of both each session in order to balance "sensitizing exercises" with "desensitizing exercises." If you only work on exercises that promote moving in response to pressure, you'll find your horse becoming more responsive. The opposite applies to desensitizing - too much desensitizing, and you'll have a harder time and need to be "bigger" to get him to move off of your body language and pressure. Depending in your horse, you may want to emphasize one or the other (i.e., lots of desensitizing for calming a nervous nellie, or lots of sensitizing for waking up a deadhead, over time.) You'll get more of a feel for what comes more naturally to your horse as you go, and how to best balance his needs with the tools in your toolkit.

Good luck!! CA is a pretty good source for groundwork. I'm not such a fan of his under-saddle exercises, especially after I've got basic control (honestly, I don't do much groundwork anymore either, except after a long hiatus or with an unfamiliar greenie), but his groundwork stuff is a great resource.
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I've used CA techniques and think they work great on pushy dominant horses that have respect issues. Some of my more timid horses found the speed which he recommends pressure be applied too stressful, and they actually progressed slower in their learning than they did with other techniques.

So I would say that the amount you put in each lesson, and how closely you follow CA's suggestions should be determined by your horse.
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I agree with Fargosgirl that CA's method are aggressive, which will work for some horses but not others. If you watch CA work a green horse in the round pen, he has a very aggressive stance to his body and the horse often ends up really desperate to find relief. That can certainly make him willing to take direction, but I don't like the way the horse is forced to give in. I am watching last year's Road To The Horse and find CA's work stressful to even watch.
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In my opinion you can use CA methods on any horse regardless - I would defintely recommend watching some of his methods on

www.downunderhorsemanship.tv and or RFD-Tv and Youtube....

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I agree with Fargosgirl that CA's method are aggressive, which will work for some horses but not others. If you watch CA work a green horse in the round pen, he has a very aggressive stance to his body and the horse often ends up really desperate to find relief. That can certainly make him willing to take direction, but I don't like the way the horse is forced to give in. I am watching last year's Road To The Horse and find CA's work stressful to even watch.
Of course there's a lot of pressure in Road To The Horse they've only got what one day to get the horse to except groundwork and saddle and then ride the next day.... so what he's doing in RTTH is going to be accelerated and aggressive but I don't think he's like that in his tapes or his tour stops....

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