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  • Clinics and clinicians...

    hi there

    Apologies if this sort of thread is already here somewhere... but I was wondering what people think of clinics and clinicians? People like Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Josh Lyons and so on?

    Are these people really that good or are they just what you might call gurus that provide expensive lessons? Or do they provide real value for money? And would an endorsement from one of these people turn you off a product??

    Grateful for any answers at all!!!!

  • #2
    Depends on the clinician

    And the product

    I have had positive experiences auditing Jane Savoie, Lendon Gray and Steffen Peters
    And yes, Clinton Anderson and even Mary Wanless even though my participation in 6 of her clinics was on the whole negative.

    I would consider a product they endorsed but wouldn't buy something "Just because" so and so said to

    ETA:Parelli's endorsement by HSUS confirmed my opinion of both
    Last edited by carolprudm; Jan. 21, 2011, 01:26 PM. Reason: ETA
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    • #3
      Clinics and clinicians are not limited to the NH set. There are a number of clinicians I like and whose clinics are worthwhile to attend. You didn't list any of them, however.

      If you're interested in a particular clinic, my advice would be to study up on the clinician and decide what they can offer that benefits you personally. Don't be destracted by product endorsements or salesmanship. Clinics are for learning and improving the relationship you have with your horse(s). Most, if not all, can add some tools to your toolbox, but keep in mind they're neither the inventors of those tools nor the lone source for filling your box.
      "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aggie4Bar View Post
        If you're interested in a particular clinic, my advice would be to study up on the clinician and decide what they can offer that benefits you personally.
        Agree with this! Also, you can also audit most clinics if you'd like to check out a clinician in person to see if they fit with you and your horse. That way you wouldn't have to spend the big bucks if you're unsure of a clinician.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies... I hear such a mixture of views on these folks that I am finding it hard to make any decisions! Some of them seem more business people than horse people. I'm loathe to commit time and money to something that there seems to be such division among horse owners about. Does anyone have any suggestions for younger, up and coming clinicians who perhaps haven't developed their personal sales and branding more than their horsemanship???

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          • #6
            Are you a trainer Felix or are you looking for a trainer?

            What is your goal? What is your quest ?

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            • #7
              I think you're better off finding a regular trainer.

              Even with very reputable clinicians, it can be very difficult to duplicate what one achieves at the clinic, once one arrives back at home. At which point, of course, the clinician is hundreds of miles down the road.
              I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show

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