Ack! Scary! I'm not a CA hater either, but his jumping photos are getting ridiculous. I got a catalogue in the mail last week. The cover was a picture of him lunging a weanling up a 2ft cross country bank. Why? These people are lunging horses over stuff that an eventer would take seriously and never send a weanling or inexperienced jumper at. Seems like a lot of showing off at the horse's expense.
I am not sure that there would be many trainers worth that amount for starting my horse for 6 weeks. It is a bit concerning to me that they say girth galls are common and that you cannot visit or observe the horse being worked.
I have never galled a horse that I have kept up properly (even in heavy work), except for one mare that was very thin skinned and reacted badly to the neoprene, but in a nice mohair she was comfy.
Same with the rock thing. I think it's great to work with horses with many obstacles and develop confidence, etc, but I am not sure what the goal there besides possibly injuring the horse? Anyone seen this obstacle in person and can comment on it?
There's another picture down below that has two handlers on either side of a bank, lunging two horses over said bank at the SAME time....wtf??? You couldn't pay ME to put my horse somewhere that thinks jumping over huge rocks and jumping two horses over an obstacle at the same time is okay.
I am usually one to always wear gloves when lunging, but I have to say, I've started using CA's method and its a very different way of lunging. I've never needed gloves, never even got close to a rope burn. Before I started my pinto with his method, I always needed a chain over the nose to lead him and I would only lunge him in a bridle. His prices aren't cheap but it is quality stuff. If I had the money I'd send a horse there in a heart beat. His farm looks amazing.
The picture with the rock ...not the best photo choice.