Jessie and I work through the first eight exercises in Clinton Anderson’s Downunder HorsemanshipGaining Respect and Control on the Ground, Series I, DVD. This is the video that started it all back in 2007. I wanted to know if a regular guy like me, who had a limited knowledge of horses (and no knowledge of horse behavior) could utilize a learn-by-watching-dvd system to train a horse without killing himself. It turns out it can be done. We followed the methods described on the videos as closely as we could and Jessie became a solid, respectful, and safe trail horse. The Clinton Anderson Method is laid out simply in these dvd’s. We simply started at the beginning of Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground with exercise 1. Once we felt we had accomplished that we moved on to number 2. Before long I had a trusting quiet horse and learned a great deal in the process.
Working at liberty is always a fun challenge. Jessie has improved a lot over the last few months. Looking back I didn’t really do a very good job of starting her off at liberty very well and had to come back and work really hard to have her “hook up” with me. We still have a long way to go. Compare to the first one seven months ago.
On this video we take you along with us on one of our trail rides. We had a beautiful day out at the Kern River riding Dusty and Jessie. We took a little video of the terrain and trails to give you a taste of the great area we get to ride in. We also show you some of the trail obstacles we encounter along the way.
Ranae’s good friend Susan remembered Ranae saying she had always wanted to ride a Friesan horse. Susan contacted and owner of several Friesans in Norco, Ca and arranged to have one of Ranae’s dreams come true for her birthday. While I thought I was just going along to document the wonderful event, I ended up getting to ride one as well! What an experience!
We’ve made our own John & Ranae Signature Horses using the Method. Meet Dusty and Jessie. Sorry, these horses aren’t for sale. We had ridden out to Ethel’s Old Corral, a popular hangout for both horses and Harleys. The place was empty when we arrived and we were thinking we would have a nice quiet lunch on the patio. Just after we got the horses tied up, a group of 40-50 bikers came roaring in. The group was just stopping for about 30 minutes and then heading out to their next venue. Over lunch Ranae and I talked about whether or not to film the motorcycles leaving. We would either have the greatest “horse blowing up” video on youtube or the most boring video ever posted. Near the end of the video you’ll see one rider ride directly to the hitching post. He saw me filming and was going to put Dusty and Jessie to the test. And no, that’s not me singing in the background.