Friday, March 12, 2010

The Fundamentals

After what seemed like weeks of staring out the front window waiting for that special package to come, the Fundamentals Series from Downunder Horsemanship finally arrived on Tuesday (In reality, it did not take the package very long to get to me, I'm actually very pleased with the customer service). I was so excited. It took every fiber of my being to not scream and jump up and down when I saw the UPS truck stop in front of our house. The guy in brown must have seen how excited I was anyway because he kind of chuckled as he handed me my package. It was bigger than I expected it to be so I wasn't actually able to run up the stares to the kitchen table, but I sure did hurry.

I opened up the cardboard box, pulled out the pretty green case with Clinton Anderson on the cover and actually took a picture of it before I took off the plastic (I know, I'm pathetic). Once I opened the kit up and started taking everything out the first thing I said was, "Mmm, it smells good." Haha! But actually it did, that nice freshly opened packaging smell accompanied by freshly printed paper smell. It's the smell of Christmas.

There is a lot that is included in the Fundamentals Series, and I knew there would be, but it is just so much more impressive to see it all in person.
There is a 100 page Philosophy book which thoroughly explains Clinton's horse training philosophy and the elements of horse psychology that play a role in his method. It is a beautiful book with full color photos on every page. It reads more like a really nice magazine article then a book. My only compliant about the book is that the cover is REALLY thin. Thiner than a magazine's cover. I'm afraid of tearing it or bending it. I think I am going to take it to the library and get is bound or laminated in some way.

There are fourteen DVDs with over 28 hours of brand new footage that has never been seen before in any of Clinton's old DVDs or the TV show. The footage is beautiful to watch too. I am a big critic of cinematography so I can really appreciate good camera work when I see it. It also is all in HD so the clarity and detail is amazing (it's really fun to watch on my dad's 32 inch screen). I've watched the first three DVDs so far and have already benefited from them. The lessons are broken up into very easy to understand steps and Clinton addresses every conceivable problem you may have when teaching your horse the lesson. He first shows you what the end goal is by using an already trained horse, and then goes on to show you how to do the lesson on horses that have never been taught the exercises before. The DVDs are so thorough and so amazing to watch. Clinton takes advantage of every moment to teach you something new. The DVD menu is also set up really well so that you can quickly skip to a specific part if you want to re-watch it.

In the kit there are also fifteen "Arena Mates" which are small pocket sized booklets that outline every exercise in detail, along with full color photos. Theses are meant to be taken out to the barn as reference guides. These booklets are very thorough and cover every major point Clinton makes in the DVDs, including the common horse and handler mistakes and other troubleshooting tips. I am very excited about these Arena Mates. One of my biggest frustrations have been trying to remember how to do the exercises while in the heat of training or knowing what to do when something goes wrong. I predict that these booklets will be a life saver. These Arena Mates are so thorough that I feel like I could go out and do the exercises by just using them without ever watching the DVDs, yet they are very concise and to the point and are not overly wordy. They get in get out and tell you exactly what you need to know. Each step is also color coded so that you can find exactly what you need in a hurry.

So, needless to say, I am very exciting about the Fundamentals Series. I am itching to get out there and put it to practical use. That will have to wait a few weeks though because of my arm. My surgery is set for next week, Wednesday March 17th. The doctor says that my recovery time should be about three weeks so hopefully by mid April I will be out training horses again. In the meantime I have a lot of DVDs to watch to keep me busy.

I will continue to keep the world posted on my progress. I really feel like this series will be an invaluable tool to help me reach my dreams.

Peace and Joy,

Miranda Joy

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

No Worries, Mate

I have been a fan of Clinton Anderson and his Downunder Horsemanship training methods since 2006.  I've watched his TV show with near religious dedication whenever I had access to RFDTV and I did my best to follow those methods as best I could when I was training my horse, Vega.  At the time I never had the money to go to any of his Walkabout tours or to purchase any of his training DVDs and so my training attempts were mediocre at best.  I firmly believe that if I had followed CA's methods consistently with Vega that I would not have had my accident... but that's all water under the bridge at this point.
Well, recently I've gotten back into watching Clinton Anderson's show and have read through all of his first book (Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship).  This has really gotten me motivated to use his method more seriously in my training of horses.  So yesterday I decided to join Clinton Anderson's No Worries Club, which is a subscription based club membership that provides it's members with support, endless training information, and special discounts on DUH products and events. Through the No Worries Club website I have access to all of the episodes of Clinton's TV show and an online forum for all the members. I've only had the membership for a two days now and I have already learned so much. I love it!

I also decided to purchase Clinton's new Fundamentals series which was just released yesterday. It is a little on the pricey side, but I think it is going to be well worth the money.  And since I am now a No Worries Club member I saved about $200 on it! It has over 28 hours of DVD footage, 15 training booklets called Arena Mates which are meant to act as field guides for training at the barn, and a 100 page full color horse training philosophy book. It will cover Round Penning, Ground Work, and Riding exercises. I am very excited about this and can not wait to get started with it.

I plan to use the Fundamental series as a guide and outline for the training video I plan to make myself. Just as a disclaimer, the video I plan to make will not be an instructional video, it will only be a demonstration video. I highly encourage anyone who wants to get involved with Downunder Horsemanship to buy the DVDs. Use my footage only as an example. I will also blog on here about my experience using the Fundamentals series so that you can decided for yourself if it is something you too would like to purchase.

Peace and Joy, Everyone! Keep chasing those dreams.

Miranda Joy Turpin