I was wondering if anybody could send me a PM on this trainer? Anybody ever hear of him? He is newer to Michigan and I've been hearing some good things...but before I sink tons of money into my horse with him I wanted to know if anybody knew of him? He's from the bay area in Cali. I'm skeptical because I have to wonder why anybody would go from California to Michigan if they were so successful out there!
Thanks guys I was quite skeptical about him from the get go. Again it sounded a little fishy to me why somebody who was "successful" where they were living would move all the way across the country and start all over again in a state where the economy is just terrible.
But, his students did so well on the show circuit this year that I was leaning towards going to hiim. Looks like its back to the drawing board!!
Anybody from Michigan have any suggestions on good dressage trainers?
You may contact me privately if you would like. I am more than happy to tell you all about my experience with Douglas Puterbaugh. He is probably the most intelligent, patient, and certainly the most gifted trainer I have ever worked with. He ignited the spark for me again, and in the last 3 months I have gained more than I have from years with other trainers. I am not joking either. Skepticism is easily encouraged when others give "no, I don't think so" type answers with extremely vague details. Jealousy can easily come out in these forms. I would never slander another trainer on a public website, but I will gladly stand up and tell you that he is the real deal, he is genuinely knowledgeable and so damn personable and approachable in a sport typically peppered with DQ's and snobby BS. What a refreshing man packed with knowledge and theory and hands-on help. He will help you with everything from the ground up and explain everything while he does so. He looks at everything from the horse's standpoint and believes a horse should work "happy". He never rushes a student, he patiently takes the time necessary to build fundamental basics for effective and harmonious riding. I can sit the largest trot in the world now, gracefully and in control. That was a huge thing for me, and it all happened because of him. I owe him everything.
I'm a professional photographer who has worked with Doug Puterbaugh on and off for three years, and I can tell you that among his students he is considered a virtuoso trainer, a gifted rider, and a tireless teacher. They say he's the real deal, one of those rare trainers that can actually make an immediate difference. His students come to his barn bearing gifts as thanks for his efforts on their and their horse's behalf. I have seen this. Even other trainers come to him for training. Unlike some trainers who string their students along, parsing out crumbs of information here and there, Doug gives his students information they can put to use. I've seen him extend his lessons well beyond their allotted time, something he does frequently and for no extra charge, not because he's under any obligation to do so, but because he cares about his students. If you're interested in raising your riding to the next level, this is the guy you want to train with. You want to know how good this guy is? Ask his students. They're the ones who know what they're talking about.
It's been my experience that it is very difficult to train a horse, that's why I have found that some professionals can barely keep a horse going that has been trained, let alone move them up the levels. puterbaugh can actually train a horse, he has helped me train two of my own horses in Cali and teach them the F.E.I. Movements and taught me the correct fell for them including piaffe and passage.! I say that the people close to him should consider themselves lucky. Douglas is a very kind and patient teacher to the horses and riders which shows up in the horses happy expressions. That's why it's clear that the people critisizing him on this forum don't know him. You should rather wonder why a lot of people are leaving Cali, last I heard California was the bankrupt state!