Who Do You Trust?

Where do you turn for behavioral advice about your horse?
(Choose the best answer)

My trainer
My other horse-owning friends
My veterinarian
The Internet
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 457

Comments & Write-in Answers

parelli,natural horsemanship

3/26/2012 10:05:25 PM

i also use alot of behavioral books for advice.

3/26/2012 8:04:33 PM

Kelly Marks' books. She has the most compassionate attitude, and her ideas work!

3/26/2012 7:31:38 PM


3/26/2012 7:19:31 PM

The web

3/26/2012 6:30:50 PM

pretty much all of the above

3/26/2012 6:01:20 PM

I look to people who know horses best (friends, vet, Farrier)

3/26/2012 5:29:01 PM


3/26/2012 4:52:39 PM

internet and books

3/26/2012 3:35:16 PM

Professosr's at Tarleton State University : where I am a current student.

3/26/2012 2:43:42 PM

all of the above

3/26/2012 1:04:41 PM

They know a whole lot, and combined with the internet, it's good.

3/26/2012 11:28:13 AM

All of the above

3/26/2012 11:05:53 AM

All of the above

3/26/2012 10:00:49 AM

I rely on all, but vet probably most trusted source.

3/26/2012 1:24:51 AM

The trainer I have is also my horse-owning friend

3/25/2012 8:19:36 PM

my Farrier

3/25/2012 7:35:51 PM

Vet manuals and texts followed by internet

3/25/2012 2:42:07 PM

Magazines, such as Equus, The Horse and Horse and Rider. My own observations, trainer and friends

3/25/2012 2:30:42 PM

I trust my vet. because he knows his profation very well.

3/25/2012 9:36:58 AM

Pat Parelli.com Wonderful program There is no violence,beating of horses or cruelty .There is respec

3/24/2012 11:59:09 PM

I look to all of the above and make a decision based on what I know about her/what works for her

3/24/2012 10:53:49 PM

depending on the behavior, Vet is first, trainer, internet, friends & communicator.

3/24/2012 10:01:20 PM

Myself, and my horse's opinion

3/23/2012 4:24:45 PM

She has years of educated experience to give correct advice.

3/23/2012 9:56:00 AM

my farrier

3/23/2012 9:41:00 AM

If it seems medical, I check with vet. Otherwise, monitor training and check internet.

3/22/2012 11:07:50 PM

turn to a high level trainer that has trained over 1000 horses.

3/22/2012 10:18:50 PM

common sense

3/22/2012 10:01:28 PM

Books! I know it's an old fashioned idea.

3/22/2012 9:24:33 PM

And the Internet AND my Vet AND my blacksmith..anyone who will listen!

3/22/2012 9:14:58 PM

They don't necesarilly have experience, but they don't try to apply fancy college-learned knowledge

3/22/2012 7:01:37 PM

my farrier

3/22/2012 4:38:49 PM

I would also take advantage of the internet as well. Publications and Friends also work well.

3/22/2012 4:33:51 PM

I use a lot of different sources then draw a conclusion.

3/22/2012 4:11:43 PM

Have been able to address own issues but have offered advice to others

3/22/2012 4:05:11 PM

I check with my farrier--he is knowledgeable about all things horse.

3/22/2012 3:48:28 PM

I'm a trainer.Sometimes, like with kids, it takes a "village"!

3/22/2012 12:45:20 PM

Trainers like Parelli, Clinton Anderson, and Stacy Westfall.:)

3/22/2012 11:31:51 AM

Chris Irwin - Canadian from Whitecourt Alberta

3/22/2012 9:18:19 AM

internet and reading, rfdtv, and make my own decisions from there.

3/22/2012 8:42:52 AM

Parelli, Cox, etc.

3/22/2012 7:37:21 AM

Top professional trainers

3/21/2012 9:16:26 PM

Myself. Thank you Tom Dorrance!

3/21/2012 8:02:52 PM

Thank God for our Veterinarians :)

3/21/2012 5:30:31 PM

My friends. I trust them and they don't usually have their own agenda to promote!

3/21/2012 5:19:09 PM


3/21/2012 5:05:33 PM

Books on natural training

3/21/2012 3:54:42 PM

I use all the choices, and also books for reference. Depends on situation.

3/21/2012 1:19:07 PM

Mainly Parelli Natural Horse Training site.

3/21/2012 1:17:02 PM

She's the best! Always there too!

3/21/2012 12:22:45 PM

all of the above

3/21/2012 10:44:46 AM

Review the horses past first to see what might of caused the issue, than my trainer

3/21/2012 9:55:17 AM

I use common sense.. and books.

3/21/2012 9:27:57 AM

between rfdtv and the internet, im set. i take it and make my own decisions.

3/21/2012 9:04:02 AM

Articles by Sue MacDonnell The Horse.com

3/21/2012 8:13:56 AM

as well as the internet, I look through books and journal/ magazine articles

3/21/2012 6:58:58 AM

Combination; I guess I research first, then approach my vet & friends with questions.

3/21/2012 2:12:33 AM

Parelli Natural Horsemanship

3/21/2012 1:14:32 AM

My relatives, friends, books, Internet depending on issue. Also my own experience.

3/21/2012 12:39:41 AM

The horses themselves and my library of research books

3/20/2012 11:05:52 PM

Friends are most observant.

3/20/2012 10:29:42 PM

natural horsemanship resources

3/20/2012 10:26:32 PM

Clinton Anderson

3/20/2012 9:43:35 PM

Parelli website

3/20/2012 9:26:23 PM

A combo of family, friends, internet friends, and the vet

3/20/2012 8:29:08 PM

Books and articles by reputable trainers and clinicians

3/20/2012 7:43:32 PM


3/20/2012 6:41:17 PM

Combination of the veterinarian, chiropractor, farrier and other trainers

3/20/2012 6:39:14 PM

I use the Clinton Anderson method. When followed as instructed, it works very well.

3/20/2012 6:29:58 PM

books that i have

3/20/2012 6:18:00 PM

Aaaagh! All of the above! You didn't give me the choice!

3/20/2012 6:00:19 PM

A combination of all of the above, plus books, instructional DVDs/shows, etc

3/20/2012 5:53:42 PM

a combination of vets, trainers and friends and I evaluate for myself

3/20/2012 5:53:06 PM

My trainer’s opinion comes first. If I didn’t trust her, I wouldn’t pay her.

3/20/2012 5:38:50 PM

All of the above

3/20/2012 5:33:48 PM

I refer to a variety of resouces depending on the problem, print media as well as all of the above

3/20/2012 5:10:29 PM

Well, I use 4 out of 5 about the same. We do not have a "trainer." Other would be my farrier.

3/20/2012 5:09:30 PM

Horse owners should also look to their own behavior before blaming the horse

3/20/2012 4:57:16 PM

If we can't 'hash it out' & solve it we send them to Andy!!

3/20/2012 4:44:49 PM

All of the above! If the problem is dangerous, a trainer. Rule out health issues first.

3/20/2012 4:42:18 PM

also open to suggestions from other hose owners experiencing same problems or having same issues.

3/20/2012 4:39:24 PM

From Professional Trainers

3/20/2012 4:38:25 PM

i use all resources ans then make mine own decisions on what to do.

3/20/2012 4:24:10 PM

work it out to find out the problem is.

3/20/2012 4:23:58 PM

Figure it out myself as a Trainer

3/20/2012 4:02:51 PM

Have internet link with great advise

3/20/2012 3:20:18 PM


3/20/2012 3:12:34 PM

trusted books too!

3/20/2012 2:41:21 PM

Farrier, he's awesome

3/20/2012 2:37:28 PM

my vet is very horse savy. she is a competitor as well. grounded in logic.

3/20/2012 12:55:51 PM

Unaiversity behavioural course material, and equine behaviour experts.

3/20/2012 11:35:27 AM

All of those, more experienced riders, my trainer, and my vet if the problem persists.

3/20/2012 10:42:05 AM


3/20/2012 10:35:36 AM

Natural Horsemanship

3/20/2012 9:54:01 AM

i consider all choices and also my own observations

3/20/2012 9:22:39 AM

scientific journals... then I evaulate myself

3/20/2012 8:07:03 AM

I ask my vet as well as finding articles by vets on similar behaviors.

3/20/2012 7:41:57 AM

Catherine Edwards, equine iridologist and nutritionist and Cyndie Gould, Monty Roberts RA

3/20/2012 5:31:15 AM