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    01-16-2010, 08:05 PM
Clinton Anderson Tour Stop

So today was Day 1 of his tour stop, and I'm not going tomorrow. I went in with an open mind of "Maybe he won't be so bad this time" but no such luck. I was disgusted to say the least. He treated both demo horses the same, even though they were two completely different personalities. The second demo horse, a more confident horse, ended up being extremely scared and was running and pulling him across the arena and Clinton was steady jerking on him and whacking him, and that wouldn't have happened if Clinton hadn't gone in there guns blazing. He kept calling them stupid with "no brains in their heads" and just really degrading them. Even Diez, one of his horses, wasn't confident with Clinton back near his HQs, he wouldn't stand still when Clinton rubbed him with the stick, so what did he do, make him spin in tight circles, drilling his shoulders into the ground. That upset Diez and it really didn't fix the issue. He was so aggressive and it was absolutely unecessary, I couldn't wait to get out of there. He's also a jerk to people, poking fun and being condescending. Sure he did say some funny stuff, but my god what he did to those horses was terrible. I should add that neither of the demo horses left the arena relaxed or confident...they certainly didn't leave the arena feeling good about what had just happened I can honestly say I have a very strong dislike for Clinton and his methods.
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    01-16-2010, 08:26 PM
I've seen Clinton Anderson at a horse expo as well and wasn't impressed at all. I do like the basic concept he uses in his videos though. I saw Craig Cameron at last years horse expo and he was exactly like you see him in his videos. Just a real laid back all around nice guy. CA comes across as a smug horses ass I thought it was just me, guess not. Plus his stuff is way to expensive
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    01-16-2010, 08:28 PM
He's a total ass, to horses and people alike. And people think other clinicians promote their DVDs at tour stops? HA! Every other thing he said was "This is on ___ DVD" "you should get this DVD" it was really annoying.
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    01-16-2010, 08:59 PM
This is just my opinion, not based on any facts. I think he has overextended himself financially and is in a pinch point. Got a little to big for his Wranglers and the economy slump hit him hard.
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    01-16-2010, 09:51 PM
Green Broke
I have stopped CA's methods with my mare. At first I was amazed by the laid back well trained horses that he "produced". Working my mare with the BO who uses CA was starting to wear on me. It started with the whacking the horse on the nose to get her to back up. I noticed this when he was working Cider. It wasn't tap tap tap, it was whack whack whack. Another thing I noticed when I was watching him work Cider in a recent episode, if you look really closely you will see long welt like shapes across her beck and flanks from being "tapped" with the carrot stick.

The BO says I need to be more firm. I just can't stand whacking my horse that hard for "respect". In the end it's just the horse doing whatever you tell it to because he knows he'll get whacked if he doesn't. There are still a couple things I've been doing with Piper that are on his DVDs. I haven't taken it any further.

From what I've seen in his videos, on his show and what my BO has showed me, I can honestly say that's not how I want to develop a relationship with and on my horse. It's funny how once I started to get into his program how quickly I changed my mind about him.
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    01-16-2010, 09:59 PM
Sounds like a carbon copy of my experience - but my horse WAS the demo horse. I think his apprentice heard me tell my mom "So help me GOD if he does to my horse what he did to demo horse #1".

But Cowboy was just soooo good in that arena, despite his constant looking my way, as if to say "Can we go home now? He's boring."

The only time Cowboy was halfway entertained in that arena is when Clinton was all "Horses are herd animals and copy what the other horses are doing! So if Nelly says 'OMG there's a bear, Tonto here (yes, he called my **** horse, Tonto.) is going to do the same thing!!!" At which point, Clinton was running all over the place and Cowboy's just trotting behind him like "LOL, you're drunk!"
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    01-16-2010, 10:01 PM
^^ well at least your horse had a good time, he wouldnt have trotted behind him if he didnt trust him
    01-16-2010, 10:05 PM
Clinton never did anything with him, to be honest. He sold his tie ring for 45 minutes, brought my horse in for 15 minutes to do the 'spooky horse demo'... Where he had Cowboy follow him around while waving the bag around on the stick. Heck, I'd done that at home 1000000 times. 8\ Other than that he was just flapping his jaws about this that and the other.. and his DVD's of course XD

I have pics... lemme see if I can find them.
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    01-16-2010, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
Man, that's annoying. Sounds like CA is one of those people who just plug their products and don't focus on the horse. Bummer.
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    01-16-2010, 10:24 PM
Hmm, can't seem to find the pics... I haven't looked very deep either, they're buried in the mass of Photobucket pictures >.<

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