08-22-2011, 01:41 PM
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His voice is a little irritating, but I've saved some of his programs because he does know how to train. I especially like the program on long-lining, where he demonstrated same, and did so as one in a series of training a mustang.
I have to disagree about the TV trainers. They all are saying the same thing: SPEND TIME WITH YOUR HORSE!!!!
In my experience the current condition of horses sold is that too many of them are undertrained. When I first bought horses in the 1980's, people weren't distracted by video games and the Internet, which suck your time away, and they were more inclined to go out and "play with their ponies." The horses had better foundations.
I enjoyed watching Chris Cox took his 3 year old QH gelding, who had been through a futurity, to a cross-country course in Texas, where he taught him how to jump solid obstaces, and to perform rudimentary dressage, both handily.
There was a recent newspaper article about a man whose father gave him one of the foals--this was in the 1920's, you see--and he spent so much time hanging with it and training it, really gentling, that he could perform numerous tricks, like standing in the saddle, his mare ground tied, and cracking a whip. (A photo of this accompanied the story.) He used to travel and show her off, having her lay down on command, having her count someone's age, etc.
How about Ryan Gingrich? In his Habitat(for Horses) series he demonstrated basic cue-for-forward-movement training with novice horses, and if you taught this at ANY level to your horse, the horse would understand the cue for a correct lead.
I enjoy watching Julie Goodknight's programs, and I remember reading her articles in "Practical Horseman", during the 1980's and '90's. She demonstrates great patience and I particularly appreciate that she can get great results without being a big muscleman. (Watch her program on catching your horse, sometime.)
It doesn't matter if you read a book, watch programs, or take a class, anybody can do well, and anybody can get hurt making mistakes. I say watch, enjoy them and try out some of their suggestions. My DH got his horse to load in the trailer better by making him "Move His Feet."
The criticism brings to mind the line in "The Muppet Movie,":
"Where did you learn to drive--did you take a 'correspondence course?' "
As somebody who has taken over 230 hours of college coursework, 'Yes, I HAVE learned from a correspondence course!"