Originally Posted by tinyliny
I find CA to be one of the most glitzy of the commercial trainers, and find that he approaches a horse with the prefixed attitude that it's going to be a "fight". What I mean is that he has a very adversarial view point toward horses, and watching him work with the colts at Road to the Horse, it looked to me that he set up that kind of a human/horse dynamic and worked from there. I know he is extremely popular, and his way of explaining things is pretty clear and helpful in many situtations, but he is no God to me. I've seen more horse savvy in others than in what limited amount of time I've watched Mr. Anderson.
I think the issue with all of theses on-line over the airwaves trainers is that they each have a "gimmick" or an approach. With Clinton Anderson, my horse actually had my number and knew that on the ground, he could very easily intimidate me. The Clinton Anderson method was exactly what I personally needed and it gave me back control of my horse. I gained a ton of confidence using this method.
I am actually NOT a fan of the Parelli methods AT ALL, however, I will admit that I have found some helpful hints mixed in with all of their hype.
I love John Lyons and many of the other trainers but as Tiny mentioned, it's really important that you take what you can from an on-line trainer and then move on. Do not drink the kool aide because with horses, there is no one-way of doing things....