Often I see people who follow one specific trainer almost religiously. They buy all the special overpriced “trainer-approved” tack, go to all the clinics and buy all the books and $200 DVDs. They will follow this trainer’s word as if it were written law. This kind of cult-like horse training irks me. If you’ve ever had a conversation with one of these people about horses all they say is “Well Clinton Anderson says…” or “Well Pat Parelli says…” etc. You never hear them say “Well I say…”
A lot of times when you hear from them what Parelli would do in that situation and not what they would do, it’s because they don’t know what they would do. That’s generally why people turn to these big time trainers; because they don’t know what to do. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking out advice of a professional or more experienced trainer. Actually, I highly encourage it. The problem occurs when the person blindly follows another trainer, copy-catting his every move simply because he does it.
A lot of the time they don’t know exactly why this big time trainer will use a specific technique on a horse to get him to do something. They don’t know the reasoning behind it, all they know is that this incredible trainer did so and so to this horse and know he’s listening to him. In order to be successful at training horses, you need to understand why the trainer did what he did. You have to understand how the horse thinks and you need to work with your horse’s mind in order to get him to respond. You can’t just copy what someone else did. Sure, it make work for the moment, but the further along you go with your copy-cat training, the more holes you’ll see in your horse’s training and pretty soon all that training will come tumbling down.
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Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, John Lyons and all those other famous trainers didn’t become great horsemen from copying other peoples’ moves. They’re great horsemen because of the hours and hours and hours of time they spent getting inside the minds of horses and learning how they work and how they can manipulate their reactions and instincts to become a willing mount. We could all learn a thing or two from these trainers, but I think it’s important to retain your individuality as a trainer as well. Not just from these famous clinicians, but from your local riding instructor, barn owner and trainer as well. Figure out exactly why they do what they do. See for yourself what you agree with and feels comfortable to you. Do some reading on Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson and some other trainers. Just be sure to keep an open mind towards all trainers. Don’t just follow the acts of one. And remember to retain your own individuality. If something doesn’t feel right to you, then don’t do it. Adapt the methods of others into something new all of your own.