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post #1 of 11 Old 10-24-2018, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Warwick Schiller DVD's

I am interested in purchasing some of Warwick Schiller's DVD's for colt starting and tips on how to improve my older horse, namely in his back ups, flying lead changes, etc. Does anyone have his DVD's or is familiar with his training methods? I've seen a few videos on his YouTube channel and liked what I saw but he doesn't get too into depth. Any input is appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-24-2018, 08:02 PM
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You can try a subscription to his website free for a week. (You just have to cancel after that first week to avoid auto-renewing if you don't want to keep going with it. It's about $25-30 a month after that if I recall correctly.) The subscription might be of more value than the DVDs as you get the entire video library.

I'm currently subscribed on the site, and he's currently my favourite of the somewhat well-known trainers. He's patient, thorough, and has excellently timed pressure and release. His methods are easy to follow and I've seen good results with everything of his that I've tried. He's also very active on his Facebook group and answers almost every user question I've ever seen posted there. Seems like a genuinely nice, smart guy who cares about the horses and doing the best by them.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-25-2018, 02:41 AM
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I have been watching many on YouTube, I like the way he works.

He takes in the psychology. I guess that I agree with him because he believes in working on the little things and getting them correct before asking bigger questions. If the little things are in place, I.e. The horse is relaxed, the major problems do not happen or go away if they have been established.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-25-2018, 08:45 AM
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He has a timeless kind of approach so I think you can't go wrong with the DVD series. There are many "fad" trainers who seem to spend more effort selling you special sticks and gimics.

Warwick's methods are solid now and will still serve you well twenty years from now. I also like how humble he is. He'll freely admit he's still learning and refining his perspective. For me, that's what horsemanship is all about. Not reaching the mythical top and collecting praise, but working it every day always looking for ways to improve yourself.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-25-2018, 12:09 PM
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I really like him. My littlest girl won access to his new principles series, and it is spectacular. I was worried she would struggle with the concepts, but even at her age she can understand and practice the principles. Sometimes there are basic things that we forget to tell a kid, or even to think about, and I can see a major improvement in her overall methods.

I definitely learn a ton watching him myself.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-25-2018, 12:11 PM
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I don't have the DVDs, but I do subscribe to his video series on his website, and it's wonderful. Start from the beginning, though, even if you think your horse is far beyond that point. It's worth it.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-03-2019, 01:37 PM
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First post on here but I would echo what the others have said. Subscribe to his online video service if you haven't already. Start from the ground up on the "relationship" path on his video site. I use his principles and methods with all my horses that come from multiple disciplines from dressage to roping to back country trail riding / packing and they work well for all of them. He is a very humble and studious person who empowers you to be a better horseman by working with your horse. He reminds me a bit of Mark Rashid in that way. I have been a subscriber to his videos for a long time but do not have a facebook account so I can tell you about his videos but not his facebook presence. My oldest sons are going to go see him at the Washington horse expo in March. They both really enjoy his teaching as well. One of these days if he ever has a clinic near enough to me I'd like to go at least watch one of his clinics, even if I wasn't an active participant. He replies quickly to any questions I have ever sent him, and for those of us with no facebook accounts he makes a "best of facebook Q&A" pdf from time to time and mails it out so that you can read through a lot of common Q&A type stuff with himself and people asking him questions on his facebook group.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-04-2019, 03:17 PM
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I would also echo what others have said here, I am a subscriber to his online video library and really enjoy it. The videos range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. I much prefer that to sitting down for two or three hour long DVD's.

The best part of Schiller, is how easy it is to relate to him. He describes training moments where he has struggled and how he has adapted his methods over time. How encouraging to hear a top trainer say they had a tough go with such and such a horse, and spent a month doing this, etc.
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-04-2019, 03:48 PM
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Having heard of him here, I went looking on youtube. I LIKE what I see and he's very astute on the study of horses and how they react and act, and why. I really like his manner of handling horses, and I think it would be a good investment - I'd also suggest trying out the free subscription for a week.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-01-2019, 10:20 PM
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Schiller is the featured presenter at this year's Minnesota Horse Expo so I'm looking forward to learning more about him. He's doing a one-day clinic on the Thursday preceding the event and I will audit if I get the chance.
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