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post #21 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 03:16 PM
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Ray Hunt was a little gruff about some things as well but they are trying to get across an important point and if you don't give it the thought or the effort that they think it requires it's going to irritate them. If you have ever given lessons or instruction on something you know how bad it can get. Add to that, these men see the same problems over and over again. By the time I met Ray he had mellowed with age but in his prime he made grown men puddle up because he told them what he honestly thought of thier horsemanship. those men either quit or they doubled thier efforts and made themselves better. As Nicholson says "you can't handle the truth".

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post #22 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 03:48 PM
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I agree about the gruffness of some trainers/instructors, big name, NH, or otherwise. But, I have to say, I've learned more from some of the gruffer, more demanding instructors I've had than from the ones who would just let me go on doing something wrong rather than call me on it and drill the right way into my head. I'd rather learn from someone who is as passionate about horses and everything to do with them as I am, whether they have outstanding people skills or not.

I have seen a CA clinic, and a couple of demos. I have seen him get after horses, and some of the dangerously pushy ones did meet the stick, but I have to say that not one smack was for anything less than dangerous behavior far to close to the handler (i.e. bucking, kicking, or striking close enough for a blow to connect). As far as the commercialism, you get that with any big name trainer, I don't care who's name is tooled into the skirt of the saddle. I don't know Mr. Anderson personally, but I can say he's done a couple of English-focused episodes of his tv show, and has English riders in a couple of his books. Kind of odd for someone who thinks that English riders are "pissy people," I think, but I've never sat down to tea and discussed the relative merits of different disciplines with him...

With any trainer you get aspects of the method that you like and aspects that you don't, sometimes even all or nothing. I try to see all I can, take the good, leave the bad, and walk away a little better off for the experience.

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If you pay much attention, you'll notice the majority of students are women. They just need to learn how to play to their audience a bit better.
There are better ways to correct someone than to get in their face and yell. I know I will react better to calmness. I think most women do. Maybe I'm over-sensitive
I see your point though, if I had to see the same thing over and over I might get a little testy
That's one thing I must say Pat and Linda Parelli have learned. I've never seen them go off on a student.

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haha im totally opposite ! if you yell i at me do so much better, being under pressure usually makes me focus better.

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post #25 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 08:19 PM
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to RadHenry09. CA came to our area and there was no one checking tickets at the door. I had heard that might be the case. I only had one hour I could go over there so I went to see if I could get in with no ticket. No problem. I think he wants to make sure all the seats are full, because it makes him look more popular, and then some of the onlookers might buy his products! So if you aren't sure if you want to buy a ticket you could chance a walk in.
I really wish I could have gone to the whole demo. I don't think you learn very much from a demo show. But if you go with the idea of it being sheer entertainment with a bit of crudeness you will have fun.
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post #26 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 08:21 PM
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P.S. Wear lots of pink and you are more likely to win something he is tossing to the audience.
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post #27 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 08:26 PM
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Thanks Juniper for the advice...I will keep that in mind. I always try to go with an open mind and def looking for horse related clinics , demos anything in my area. Aside from the PA horse expo I havent had much luck in finding many events.

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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post #28 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 08:31 PM
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I'm one of those people that crys if someone yells at them
Me too, Vida! Totally not by choice, either - I can't help it, the waterworks just start :[ very embarassing!
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post #29 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
haha im totally opposite ! if you yell i at me do so much better, being under pressure usually makes me focus better.

I am very sensitive, I had a very bad experience with an instructor that was like that in fact I had sky high confidence , then she bashed me and my confidence fell to the ground hard!
I wish I would have handled it differently looking back.....
At any rate my husband says at times "you need to grow a pair" HA HA but I think I am going to recite the line from the movie A league of their own when Tom Hanks says "There's no crying in baseball" but replace that with "There's no crying in Horse back riding ".....
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post #30 of 31 Old 01-17-2010, 09:07 PM
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you should learn to grow a thick skin. all the trainers ive had were hard on me and it made me the rider i am. im the kind of person that if you don't get on me about it then sometimes it might not be as good as it could be
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