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post #1 of 16 Old 07-12-2012, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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What is Clinton Anderson all about?

I've heard his named tossed around a lot but don't know much about him at all. I was thinking about buying his book "Downunder Horsemanship" (hate the name!) but am unsure whether it will be of much use. I've been exposed to a bit of Parelli but it wasn't really my thing.

Does anyone know what this book focuses on and what kind of thing he does? He doesn't like really play on the Australianisms does he?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-12-2012, 08:06 AM
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he focuses on selling doodads to starstruck housewives.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-12-2012, 09:24 AM
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He focuses on teaching people how to get the concept of "making the right choice easy and the wrong choice hard" across to their horses. He does it through using as little pressure as necessary but will escalate if needed.

Most of his solutions come down to the easy/hard principle and he shows you different ways of applying that principle. And no he doesn't do the whole Aussie cowboy thing LOL but it is how he identitfies himself.

If you have access to RFDtv you can see his show. You can also YouTube segments of his show to get an idea of what he does.
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that was helpful joe4d !

i really like clinton anderson. he is very straight forward and easy to understand. is there a bookstore near you where you could read through some of his book before you buy it ?

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You could also look on youtube before you commit to buying anything.

I like him, but not enought to spend hundreds of dollars to buy his products.
I'm sure like many horse people, I like to take a little from everyone, not focuse on one individual.
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Like another poster said - he does focus on making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. He also works on escalating pressure - starting off as light as possible and moving up where needed. His phrase for that is "Gentle as possible, firm as necessary." But he is not all touchy-feely with the horse. He expects results and he will go after them if they are giving him the metaphorical middle finger.

As to the selling of his "doodads" - yeah he has a lot of stuff for sale but when I saw him a few years back at one of his clinics he said a couple times that you do not need his brand of tools in order to do his methods, he just sold the tools that were made with materials he preferred the feel of. So he recommended them but you do not need them.

I also like the fact that he gives credit to those he learned from rather than trying to claim everything as his own, unlike some trainers out there.

One more thing, he will show you how to do something with the horse he is working with, but many times will tell you how he would adjust what he is doing depending on the horse he is working with. Lets say he is working with a lazy horse, he would then describe what he might change for it to work for a more reactive horse.

I have his gaining respect on the ground book and I found it easy to follow and learned a few tricks from it that did help my horses. I also have his colt starting video. Overall I think he has good stuff that can be combined into most training programs. I don't follow everything he does to the letter, but he does have some good stuff.

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Giddyupflix has some of his DVDs for rent!
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He always has a few videos up on his internet channel at Downunder Horsemanship TV You can watch for free to see how he does his thing first hand.

He also has shows on RFDtv and FSSO if you are in the US and have cable tv. You should be able to get an idea if it's something you may be interested in. And you don't need to buy any of his gear, he offers it but doesn't push it.

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I like him. He doesn't treat horses like lap dogs.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-13-2012, 01:43 PM
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You can enroll with RFDTv for $60 a year or $15 a month and watch all his shows.
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