If you’ve spent any time in the horse world, chances are you have heard of Clinton Anderson. Born and raised in Australia, Anderson apprenticed with acclaimed horse trainers Gordon McKinlay and Ian Francis. He then made his way to the United States in 1996 and worked with horse trainer Al Dunning, a winner of multiple American Quarter Horse Association World Championships.
Later, Anderson went on to become an award-winning horseman himself and won the prestigious Road to the Horse colt-starting competition in 2003 and 2005, among other competitions. He now operates Downunder Horsemanship from his ranch in Stephenville, Texas. Anderson has more than 20 years of experience working with horses and helping people safely train them, and he has taken his “Method” of horse training on his well-known Walkabout Tours around the country.
A veritable multimedia juggernaut, Anderson and the Downunder Horsemanship brand have become ubiquitous. So along with the tours, clinics, DVDs, TV show and blog, it should be no surprise that he has written a book on the subject, Clinton Anderson Philosophy.
According to Anderson, “…it’s about me helping you achieve your dreams with your horse.” Anderson’s purpose is to help horsemen, whether they are weekend trail riders or have aspirations to be top-flight competitors. In his book and through his Method, he emphasizes that horsemanship should be fun and is based on communication. He guarantees that if you follow the Downunder Horsemanship Method, “you will improve your feel and timing, and learn to enjoy the experience of owning a horse.”
Anderson candidly states that he is not naturally gifted at training horses. Rather, his talent lies in getting people to understand a lesson. Through anecdotes and examples, Anderson explains how to become an effective leader and develop a mutually enjoyable partnership with your horse. Instead of begging, bribing or beating their horses to get them to do what they want, readers learn what motivates horses, the basics of respect and why it must be established, and the role pressure and body language play in communicating.
Clinton Anderson Philosophy is loaded with large-format colored photos that are used to illustrate his ideas and some of his techniques. This is a nice coffee-table book that serves as an introduction to the Clinton Anderson Method. Check out more about the book at http://hcity.co/ClintonAnderson
Author: Clinton Anderson
Illustrations: 200 color photos