Hmm, what can I say. Sometimes when you can’t get the info where you would like to get it from, you gotta go somewhere else. THEN you gotta filter a lot, and put your own spin on it. This is one of those video’s. Since I have not seen ANY other trick training videos by anyone else, I cannot compare just yet.
Is he ‘gentle’ NO. it is “abuse” NO. is it worth watching….hmmm good question. I think it will depend on your experience, point of view, what you want to do with your horse. I found it Interesting, and educational, but instantly knew I would not do it just as he described. It gave me ideas, and most of it was exactly how I taught Snookie years ago how to stretch herself. It showed me what I already knew, and the next steps to take, to turn the stretch into a bow. Some of his techniques I would say that you have to be a L4 student to try them, in case you get yourself into trouble, you have a better chance of getting yourself out of trouble the more skilled you are. He uses a hobble at some points, which I think you should be very skilled to try this.
I went to a students place for a lesson. One that has been needing to learn some ‘tricks’ to keep them both going as they both get bored quickly. I instructed her through it, in a modification using Parelli strategies, and we had her 3yo paint gelding LBI bowing in a matter of 10min!
So I would say that if you want to learn some tricks, this is not a bad video. No one says you have to be as….er’ um…..”to the point’ as he is. It will definitely give you some ideas on how to teach the bow, you will just have to ‘tweak’ things, which is why I am only giving this dvd 2 stars. I will be getting a few more of his dvd’s, the next one is the Spanish walk dvd. Then I will try to get another trick trainers dvd’s to compare technique and style.