Smorbs, I totally agree with you. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people doing parelli with their horses, their horses are miserable, but because Parelli says anyone can do it, obviously anyone can do it. I'm just using parelli as an example because that's what one lady at the barn does, but same goes for any other trainer out there, but Buck tells you if it's beyond your scope. He encourages that you learn, but like you said he doesn't sugar coat things, or give fake praise just to make you feel better. I'd much rather have someone be blunt, and tell me I'm doing something wrong, and maybe have to go sit and take a breather for a minute and wrap my head around it, then have someone telling me I'm doing great, when I'm still having troubles, because then I'm not learning, I'm just repeating a mistake, and that's not going to help me or my horse at all.