Apr 28, 2015
When we started the podcast back in January 2012 it was a way of sharing the knowledge about horsemanship Ranae and I have learned from Downunder Horsemanship. One hundred episodes later, I asked Clinton Anderson to come on the show. He agreed. Now, I've listened to easily a thousand hours of Clinton Anderson's voice through the TV show, DVD's, and in person at the Walkabout Tours. It could also be said that I've had more than a thousand conversations with Clinton Anderson. Every time I've ridden or done groundwork with a horse, Clinton has be in my ear telling me to "Slide, Stab, Step", "Move his feet", "Heart attacks are free!". I'll be honest with you, it seemed a bit weird to have him to actually talk to in real life. By the way, I'm much more eloquent in my imaginary conversations ;>).
When I found out I had scored the Clinton interview, I had no way of knowing ahead of time which direction the conversation would go. I've heard him casually talk about personality types. Clinton Anderson is an ESTJ. The "E" stand for extrovert. I'm a less strong ISTJ. The "I" stands for introvert. On a different rating system he is a red, a quick talker. Although I have no interest in personality labels, I had to check. I'm a green, a slow talker. I knew one thing - he'd being doing most of the talking. I prepared a number of questions on a wide variety of topics. While I'm no expert on the Method, I've watched enough Clinton Anderson to know the answers to all the horse questions. Was there a way to get to the non-horse Clinton Anderson? The interview is a wild and fun ride. There were a lot of questions left behind.
One doesn't have to like the politics of Sir Issac Newton to enjoy gravity. Just because Ben Franklin may have been a wino and a womanizer doesn't mean electricity or the post office are bad things. Whatever you think of Clinton Anderson personally doesn't matter as much as the Method will make you safer around your horse. You'll also have more fun. Back in 2008, I made a video about part of my journey.
Thanks Clinton for coming on the Whoa Podcast and teaching us horsemanship. Maybe after another 100 episodes I can ask about your favorite music or tv show...you know, the important questions.
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