Just for starters I want to say that this thread is not for debating the validity of Clinton Anderson and his methods. I am already sold on his methods. I'm not a purist in that I do use and appreciate other clinicians methods, but Clinton Anderson is my favorite thus far. This is not up for debate. CA flaming will not be tolerated.
Ok, with that said, I am pretty excited right now. I have been looking for opportunities to practice my horse training skills using Downunder Horsemanship. It is my goal to become a horse training clinician one day and DUH best suites my riding and training style. I am wanting to make a video to demonstrate my training skills to future clients/employers. In the video I would demonstrate the foundation exercises (both on the ground and in the saddle) of Clinton Anderson's method. Only one problem: I don't have my own horse/horses to do the video with.
Well, I was talking with one of my friends and she has a solution to my problem. Her family owns a farm nearby and they breed arabian racehorses. My friend isn't really into the family business, she doesn't really like racing. She instead teaches riding lessons and runs the Therapeutic Riding Center that I volunteer at (that is how we met). She is also in charge of retraining and selling her family's horses that come off the track. Right now she is so busy that she really does not have time to do the training of the OTT horses. So she is more then happy to let me use her horses for my video. Awesome.
She has given me the pic of five of her horses to train, four of them won't be arriving from off the track until mid March. Now here is my dilemma: I am wanting to focus all of my attention onto just one horse to start with until after I finish the video. I am not sure which of the horses I should go with. The one horse that she has available for me to work with right away is a gelding that has been off the track for over a year now. His name is Force. He has already been shown some and is now being used for lessons. The good thing about him is that he has already calmed down a lot from being off the track. The downside is that he has also had time to develop bad habits from unexperienced hands, also he is still being used in lessons so I will not always have access to him. The other four horses that will be coming in March are fresh of the track so they will be hot, but they are also completely free for me to work with at anytime. I don't know much about the individual horses in this group yet, I'm hoping to find out more about them today.
What are your opinions?
This is Force, the horse that is already off the track:
This is Ready, one of the horses that will be coming off in March. He is the only one I've seen pics of so far: