Clinton Anderson Presents: Kicking A Bad Habit
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Clinton Anderson Presents: Kicking A Bad Habit

August 24, 2019


(upbeat music) – G’day, mate, Clinton Anderson here from Down Under Horsemanship. You know what? Horses are a beautiful creature. They’re smart, they’re very graceful, they’re strong, they’re athletic. (upbeat music) But then at times, they
can also be very dangerous. (upbeat rock music) Pressure. I don’t truly believe that
horses are dangerous by nature. But they don’t realize how big they are. They don’t realize how strong they are. They move very, very quickly. (upbeat rock music) When you can gain your horse’s respect, and learn how to control your horse, not only can you do it
safely with your horse, but you can also get your horse to enjoy the time that he spends with you. (upbeat music) My job, or my core purpose here
at Down Under Horsemanship, was to inspire the dreams of horsemen. And I’m going to show
you, by understanding, by moving the horse’s
feet forwards, backwards, left and right, and gaining
that horse’s respect, there isn’t anything that
you can’t teach your horse. (upbeat rock music) All you have to do, mate, to get tremendous success with your horse, is follow the Down Under
Horsemanship method. So, listen, mate, sit back, relax, because we’re gonna inspire
you with the method. (upbeat rock music) – [Woman] Watch out. – [Man] When you go to
lift up his hind feet, he kicks out at you. And once it happens, there’s no recovery. – He’s been dangerous, you know, for anyone that handles him,
and most of all my farrier. – He’s at a dangerous stage right now. – Woohoo-hoo hoo. He didn’t like that, did he? So I stay in here, stay in here. – [Woman] The last two cycles of trimming we’ve been unable to get
his back feet trimmed and it’s when I decided
we needed some real help. (upbeat rock music) – [Clinton] I’m Clinton Anderson and I have a method for training horses. Getting horses to behave is simple. It’s training people
that’s the real trick. Join me as I tackle some of
the most challenging situations with problem horses and
with problem owners. (upbeat rock music) – G’day mate, how are you? – I’m good, thank you. – What’s your name? – Cindy Love Eichler.
– Cindy Pleasure to meet you, Cindy. – Nice to meet you. – Well come on back here, mate. Well, thank you so much for
coming to the ranch here today. It’s a beautiful day here
in Stephenville, Texas. Now tell me a little bit about your horse. First of all, where’d you travel from? – Well I live in Sunset, Texas, this is a seven year
old Mecom Blue gelding. It’s won a little less
than ten thousand cutting. – Okay, so cutting’s your preferred sport. – Yes, uh huh. – All right, okay, that’s a lot of fun. – [Cindy] Blue has
gotten a habit of kicking or you know, anytime we
try to work with his feet, or get around his back
legs, he’s been dangerous, you know, for anyone that handles him. And most of all, my farrier. – Well the issue with Blue
is primarily his hind feet. When you approach his hind feet he gets what I would
consider to be nervous and then when you go to
lift up his hind feet he kicks out at you. – He started kicking when
he was approximately three and we’ve tried to work around it, and it’s just gotten worse and worse over time, become a terrible habit. – [Cindy] Watch out. – [Farrier] Usually, once it happens, it’s gone, there’s no recovery. Just progressively gets worse. He’s kicked me twice so far, and that’s pretty bad. (chuckles) Once it happens it’s hard to, you know, gain control over him again, and usually your day is over with. It’s real frustrating, you know, when you take a horse that a few years ago I was able to crawl under and get around without no problem til now,
you can’t get around him. And, you know, you’re obviously nervous when you do get around him,
and it’s just not a good thing. – My expectations for today was to really see what,
how his methods work, and where to begin, and how to use ’em and
not only on this horse but other horses that I have, and I think it’s really
gonna be valuable for me. – [Clinton] Oh, look, now. If he wants to kick out at me I’m gonna yield his hindquarters here. (lively rock music) – [Narrator] Step up your horsemanship with the Clinton Anderson Method. Now available in a complete set. Fundamentals starts you on your
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you the ultimate collection of his wildly popular training method kits at a packaged price. (dramatic music) (upbeat rock music) – So the first thing I’m gonna do here is I’m going to throw this rope at him and more than likely he’s
going to get very frightened or upset about this, okay? And he’s gonna want to run and I’m gonna let this horse run. Except I’m gonna keep his
head tipped towards me so he gives me two eyes. My first approach when working with this horse is to forget the feet. I just had to get the
fear out of the horse and gain the horse’s respect. So I know Cindy brought the horse for me to specifically work with his legs. What I had to try to get
her to understand is that if we were to go under
the legs straight away it woulda ended up in a wreck. We had to find a starting point and a communication point
between me and the horse and then build from there. Well, when I first threw
the rope at the horse he reacted badly, really ran away, okay? And I knew I was gonna be
able to fix the problem. What I didn’t know is to
what level I can fix it. You know, these types of habits have taken years to develop. I think we got that horse probably 70% as good as he could be in one day. I think the other 30% to get him absolutely perfect was gonna take two to three days of just
repetition, just practicing. This is very typical of a cutting horse. Whenever they get scared they
want to think back, okay? ‘Cuz a lot of cutting is
back and over, back and over. So notice when he was
getting upset just then I just kept moving the rope, didn’t I? I didn’t stop. Now he stopped moving his feet. Now you couldn’t see that just then, but he started licking his lips, alright? So now I’m gonna rub him here. Good boy. – [Cindy] That was a
typical reaction from him, being afraid and it was my normal being afraid and it was my normal reaction would be to
back off and stay calm. And I learned that’s
the wrong thing to do, I’m doing the opposite. I’ve never done anything like that to him, it caught him totally off guard. He wasn’t used to me running at him with the rope but, you know, I think it was pretty cool to see how he finally succumbed and decided it would be better to just stand still. – [Clinton] There. – [Cindy] Oh, sorry. – Okay, now just start spanking the ground in a circular motion. Use your big arm, rotate at the shoulder. Spank faster now, come on. Shorten up your lead rope a little bit. Shorten up your lead rope. Keep spanking, keep spanking! Come on, get in there, Cindy, you know I’m gonna start
yellin’ at ya, run! Run, Cindy, run! Run with him, run with him, Cindy. That’s it, Cindy, run with him. Keep going, keep moving your arm. Big arm, big arm, bump
his head back towards you. There you go! Get your hand up by his eye,
your right hand up by his eye. That’s it, keep spanking. Is your arm getting tired? Keep going. Get closer to his shoulder, 45
degree angle to his shoulder. Circle around, make
that stick go behind ya. Make the stick go behind ya.
– Okay. – There, yes, big circle, come on, rotate. There ya go, that’s what I’m after! Now he stood still. Is he showing any sign of relaxing yet? – Uh, it’s, yeah, he
hasn’t licked his lips. – No, he hasn’t shown us any
sign yet, he stood still. Now retreat and rub him with the stick. – [Cindy] Good boy. – Rub, rub, rub with the stick. Rub, rub, rub, rub, rub. I usually just, like, play the violin, just go back and forth like that. – Okay, okay. – Okay? Now do it again. Cindy realized today that the more you try to scare your horse, the more you desensitize
them to spooky objects, the quieter they get. But the more you sneak around ’em, the more you protect ’em, and especially take that pressure away
when they overreact, the worse the horse becomes. So sneaking around a
horse is a major no-no. (lively rock music) – [Clinton] Check out our latest catalog from Down Under Horsemanship. It’s filled with beautiful imagery, and in-depth information
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your door free of charge. (upbeat rock music) – Next thing I wanna do here is I wanna get a little bit of control of his hind quarters here and get him so that anytime I want I can cause his hind feet to step away from me. So this is what we call Yield
the Hindquarters Stage One. I’m just gonna use the rope because I’m gonna use that more when I work with his back legs. Her idea of ground work is leading the horse to the barn, leading him to the horse trailer, and leading him to the arena, okay? So, I don’t mean any disrespect for Cindy, but I don’t believe she’s
done any ground work, and that’s okay! That’s what I’m here to teach and to do. Horses are basically lazy creatures. So every time he does something wrong, I’m gonna put his feet back to work. And by moving his feet, we’ll get two things to happen. We’re gonna get him to respect us, and we’re gonna get him to use the thinking side of his brain. Move that hindquarters please. Excellent, righty-o. So, that was our first
sign of respect just there. Meaning that we started what? Moving his feet. And he wasn’t too bad, a little
resistant, but not too bad. If I find that he starts blocking me when I go to get on a certain side I’m gonna drive that away. I didn’t have Cindy do
a lot of the work today just purely because he was
pretty dangerous kind of horse. And the second reason
was I could really tell that Cindy was very, kind of
timid, you know what I mean? She didn’t really want to get in there. She was already kinda
scared of him a little bit. Well I didn’t want that
behavior to continue. The last thing I needed
him to do was kick at her, her jump away, and then he thinks he won. So I handled most of the situation today because, you know, obviously what she was
doing was not working, so. Now if Cindy brought
the horse back tomorrow, I’d probably have her do a lot of the work because I feel like
the worst of it’s over. Move those hind feet again. Move those hind feet again. Move those hind feet. And go back. And immediately rub him. Make the rubbing look easy. Make the rubbing look easy. Excellent. So before we work with
his feet too much longer, I wanna do a new exercise, it’s what we call Lunging
for Respect Stage Two. What it is is I’m gonna
send him around me, and I want him to stop and turn just like a cutting horse, like he is, and pivot on his hindquarters
and go back the other way. I need a little bit more,
better control of his feet before I start trying to pick his feet up. I’m gonna show him that by
constantly moving your feet that’s a lot harder work
than, what, standing still. – Right. – And relaxing. And he’s doin’ really good here. So now I’m gonna yield. Okay. So I go back here, rub him again. Get it past his hock here. See how he doesn’t like that? – Yup, yup. – Again, until he’ll accept this, I can’t go to picking it
up very much with my hand, put it that way. Because he’s still got
too much defensiveness around just his leg being picked up. Now I’m gonna pull it and release it. Pull it and release it. Notice when I pull it I just kinda let it go straight away. Every time something grabs his leg he thinks its gonna be a
battle, does that make sense? – Right, yup. – That somebody’s gonna
hang onto it aggressively. Notice how I pull it and release it, and I’m like “Hey, I don’t care.” – Right. – Just casual about it,
you know what I mean? There we go, I like that. Now he’s not, like that, see that? See when I pull on it now
he’s not snapping it up. – Right. – He’s got his toe resting on the ground. Okay, I wanna get back to his leg again. I want this to be the easy part. Well when he went to kick at me, I could tell that when he kicked he was pretty quick about it. Now I could tell that he’d done that quite a few times, you know what I mean? So I knew it was more than
just the average horse that didn’t want his feet being handled. He not only didn’t want
his feet being handled, but he’d also developed
a defense mechanism to get rid of you,
which is kicking at you. That was one of the hardest
things that I had to teach him. I had to teach him if you kick at me, I’m gonna up the pressure,
I’m gonna move your feet. I’m gonna make you work. When you don’t kick at me,
I’m gonna make you feel good and leave you alone and let you relax. – It was interesting and surprising to see how he made him move his
feet and how he did that. I wasn’t sure how to
get that accomplished. And I wasn’t sure how you would react when the horse actually did kick at you and I was kinda glad to see what he did. – [Clinton] Whenever he
misbehaved, it was crucial, but immediately I went
to moving his feet again, to get his respect and to make him hustle and make him feel a little uncomfortable. But equally important,
it was very important to go straight back to rubbing his feet. With enough repetition, you
know, Cindy’s horse Blue, he realized that standing still was far easier than moving
around and being disrespectful. (upbeat rock music) (dramatic instrumental music) (hard rock music) (upbeat guitar music) – Move those feet. And I go straight back into it again. There we go, that’s a good boy. Move him around, move him around. You just relax just a little
bit, how’s that sound? Oh, you don’t want to do that? You must want me to back
you up a little bit, do you? Thank you for getting my attention. (dramatic music) By the way, would you like to stand still and have a little rest? You know, I’m just asking you. Would you like to have a rest? I’m gonna pick this foot up, good boy. Uh uh uh! Go and move those feet again. Go and move those feet again. Move that hindquarters. Run that hindquarters around. Run that hindquarters around. I was very happy overall with the result. Again, the last 30% that, you know, I wasn’t able to take the horse’s foot all the way up the back and made me hit it with the hammer and really
be aggressive with it like a farrier would be, I
wasn’t able to get that done. But considering he went from a horse that was kicking people and people were scared to pick up his back feet, to, in the end, he wasn’t kicking at all. He didn’t 100% trust me, but he was a long way better than what he was in the beginning. Ahh. Now I’m gonna give him the
benefit of the doubt on that. Meaning that, he kinda went to kick, but he didn’t put a lot of effort into it. He’s kinda like, “Uh, hell with it.” (Cindy laughs) – Yeah, you kinda
– He thought about it. And then he said, you know what? I seem to be losing weight,
maybe I shouldn’t kick at him. (Cindy chuckles) – I had a big question whether they could pick his foot up within a day. And it was really amazing
how it really works, how quickly he gained his confidence and his trust in just a few hours. – Mentally he’s unsure about this. – [Cindy] Right. – He feels like he’s
vulnerable right there. So every time I pick it up and I rub it and he relaxes and I do that? He says “Phew, I thought you’re trying “to cut my foot off. “Man that’s good!” And then I do it again,
and again and again. – [Cindy] He’s calmer
and has a softer eye, and is not jumpy, and
ready to do whatever it is that you’re gonna ask of him. He seems much more willing. – The best piece of
advice I can give Cindy is consistency is your greatest ally, inconsistency is your greatest enemy. If you don’t go home and
work with that horse, continue with it, and
basically follow my methods, step by step, it’ll only take two days and that horse will be back to the same old kicking, spooky horse again. You know, people want me
to fix their problems. What I’m gonna fix is the way that they interact with their horse. Ultimately they’re the ones
that fix the horses in the end. – [Cindy] I think I can
do this program at home. I won’t be near as apt
as (chuckles) Clinton is, but I’m gonna work real hard
and try to follow the steps. I’m gonna purchase the program
and really try to follow it. I think I’ll get a lot from it. – I’m proud of you, mate. – Thank you. – Good job, thank you
for being on the show. Well listen, mate, I hope you’ve enjoyed this
week’s television show. I certainly enjoyed
working with this horse and I hope it’s given you some ideas to go home and work with your own horse. Remember, mate, all problems come from a lack of respect or fear. Get your horses respectful,
get the fear out of ’em, and when you do that, your problems’ll disappear by themselves. Listen, mate, until next
week, keep doing the method and we’ll see you next week right here. If you’d like more information, mate, on any of the products
you’ve seen on today’s show, click on our website at
DownUnderHorsemanship.com and we’ll send you a free catalog mate. (lively rock music)

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