Clinton Anderson describes training techniques for a reining horse and children
NRHA has a new self-appointed ambassador of reining, Clinton Anderson of Downunder Horsemanship, a constant of the North American clinicians circuit in recent years. Anderson is taking his thousands of followers on the journey of training his NRHA reining futurity prospect Titan (aka Telling White Lies) and providing his opinion on training and horse management and all things imaginable for children and people.
He states “if your definition of an asshole is someone who tells the truth, speaks their mind, and is direct, then yes I’m a complete asshole”
Mr Anderson explains in part 4 video of Titan, released in June 2016, that it is right to
‘knock the shit’ out of a male teenager or horse to remind them there is a pecking order; regularly.
He goes on to share his opinion by ridiculing segments of society and showing contempt for other people. All this is delivered in a narcissistic ego-filled video under the guise of him telling it how it really is.
Click here to watch the interview slide to about the 9 minute mark and listen, or read a transcript of the media release.
With over 53,000 views of the video, this is creating a social media storm.
As a member of the NRHA, in their welfare statement, he is expected to
care for and treat [a reining horse] as a member of the family, and that relationship is the essence of a members involvement in Reining. An interesting perspective of family is held by Mr Anderson.
They [NRHA] further state,
the NRHA promotes and stands by the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit of the horse at all times. We expect our members to consider the welfare of their horses paramount and to always treat them with dignity, respect and compassion.
It is understood by horse people, [and parents] all stallions [horses and children] need boundaries but how you establish them is important. Firm and fair is a horseman’s approach to each individual situation. Is the video of his opinions way over the top to how he actually managed the stallion? After listening to all the videos and/or reading all the transcripts, would you say this is respectful and the way to treat a member of the family?
We can say that some people seeing Mr Anderson out and about, may want to give him a big warm down under holler and say ‘gidday arsehole’ and that is not for his horse management.
Does the NRHA condone Clinton Anderson’s behaviour?
In fact, the NRHA promotes Clinton Anderson as a corporate partner. An interesting partnership on the basis of their welfare statement.
A late note to this blog:
Seems Clinton Anderson has been taking this approach for some time. Here is a snippet from his newsletter published by deserthorseinc.com. He is not misquoted as some say- he means every single word of it.
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