Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
I will briefly explain how I felt about day two (today). First he gave a demo on lead changes. He explains what a lead change is, then canters around on a lovely horse that swaps beautifully both on the ground and under saddle. Then he proceeds to explain what a counter canter is, what cow cantering is, what cross-firing is, blah blah blah... and then he walks out of the arena and everyone claps.
Um... Hello? I still have no idea how to get my horse, to do beautiful flying changes. How about you trailer in a horse that can't do a change to save it's life, and show us FLYING CHANGES on that?!
The best part of the whole "show" was when a woman brought in her fire breathing warmblood. He "played" with the horse for about an hour, and by the end the horse was quiet, polite, responsive, and downright brave. But that was only what? AN HOUR worth of actual clinic type training with a horse that we could ALL learn something from!
My boyfriend whom had watched Buck with me when it first came out in theaters said: "I think I like Buck more. I like that he works with the horses and the humans that need the work. Not just a bunch of wonderfully trained show horses, and their perfectly trained humans."
I believe, we both felt a little betrayed by the whole thing.
Its really tough because my NH trainer is a Parelli trainer. She's an amazing human being, and an even more amazing horsewoman. I just wish I felt like I could really get behind the whole thing... but I suppose we will just have to stick to our Hodge-podge of training methods.
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.