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post #1 of 17 Old 03-30-2020, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I'm pretty new here so sorry if I have put this in the wrong place. I was wondering if people would be interested in telling me their favorite horsemen/women in regards to horsemanship as I'm going to spend a lot more of my time during quarantine focusing on these videos etc. Why are they your favorite and what methods do you like and even use yourself?
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-30-2020, 06:49 PM
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Mark Rashid. He doesn't have a "method" and he doesn't sell stuff except his books, which are all wonderful. He doesn't tell you what to do, either. He just tells stories that have a lot of heart, but there's still important stuff to learn in there.

If you want deep insight into horses, and the horse-human bond, I would absolutely recommend his books. I don't know if he has videos.
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I think it depends on your style and what you're looking to achieve.
YouTube has piles of videos from various trainers to browse through obviously.

I like the performance horse type stuff so I like Les Vogt, Sandy Collier, Ted Robinson.

As far as clinician type trainers, it seems many on here like Warwick Schiller. I'm sure others will chime in.
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I've not heard of him I'll have to have a look. I didn't even consider that and I agree with you there, I've clicked on a couple of videos and many of them end up being advertisements for rope head collars lol
I also have to respect your passion for the human horse bond, this is something I'm also very interested in and a great believer of. I was actually previously laughed at in another equine community from my area for 'believing I can bond with my horse'...
Lets just say that's how I ended up here!
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I'd highly recommend giving this Warwick Schiller series a watch. Gives really comprehensive training advice on a whole bunch of topics.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Nwfgs26-EsndmO
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I'd highly recommend giving this Warwick Schiller series a watch. Gives really comprehensive training advice on a whole bunch of topics.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Nwfgs26-EsndmO
Wow, that will keep me busy. Awesome, thank you!
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I would agree that Warwick Schiller is a good person to watch. I also enjoy Julie Goodnight, but I think she has less free stuff to watch.


Mark Rashid's books are very entertaining. I do not know your actual hands on experience level. Some of these books and videos can be somewhat 'esoteric', so if you don't have a basis of actual , physical real world experience, it might be a bit hard to relate to.


When I first started riding, I read a ton of stuff. A lot of stuff abotu dressage, oritinally, because that was my first area of interest. When someone recommended I read "True Horsemanship Through Feel", I was very confused by it. Over the years, as I learned more, it confused me less. Still, much of it is too hard for a person whithout years of actual expeiernce training to really understand . . because the concepts are so apparently simple. But, they are actually profound, you just can't see it until you can.


See, I sound totally like a woo-woo nutcase. I assure you, I am not.
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Wow, that will keep me busy. Awesome, thank you!
There's loads more on his channel, as well as additional seasons of that series, but it's a good place to start.
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Hands down another vote (make that 20 votes) for Mark Rashid. Thatís one vote for every year Iíve known about him.

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I did have his first five books but I gave one away, so now I have the first four.

I like him because his horse principles closely align with how my grandfather taught me, many years ago.

It also doesnít hurt that he looks a lot like Sam Elliott:)
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When someone recommended I read "True Horsemanship Through Feel", I was very confused by it. Over the years, as I learned more, it confused me less. Still, much of it is too hard for a person whithout years of actual expeiernce training to really understand . . because the concepts are so apparently simple. But, they are actually profound, you just can't see it until you can.
Completely agree. Same here, that book made little to no sense the first time I read it.
I think it is a good gauge of progress in a way, no matter who you choose to follow for training advice or who you ride with. Read it every couple years and see what didn't make sense before now does.
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