There are so many ways Clinton Anderson could be described, but asshole doesn’t quite fit the bill.
Although he self-labels himself an asshole, “if your definition of an asshole is someone who tells the truth, speaks their mind, and is direct”, I think it misses the mark.
Besides calling himself an asshole, Clinton Anderson also sits down with his media crew to voice his support for abusing horses, abusing children, ass rape, the death of female riders who annoy him and calling anyone not pursuing competition delusional. I probably missed a few points but he covered a lot of bases.
Video Transcript (emphasis added):
Sometimes when I was doing the counter cantering there he was a little studdy. What do I mean by studdy? He was heavy in my hands, didn’t want to get off my leg. You know. He was kinda pushing on me. Just being a, a, kinda a little bit, you know, beligerent.
This is just kinda what stud horses do. You know, he’s a 3 year old stud colt with a bunch of testosterone running through his body. So, you gotta go through some of that ugly stuff to get to the good stuff.
And that’s the whole point of this series is we’re not going to cut that out. It would be easy for me just to cut that small section out and make Titan look like a hero and me look like the hero.
But that, that’s not real. That’s what misleads the public of what, how horses actually get trained. Okay? So, not that what he did was really that bad, okay, but you gotta be prepared to go through some of that stiffness or resentfulness and then when he comes in with the good attitude I reward him for that.
But all studs, from time to time, will test the limits. Stud horses are like teenage boys, every once in a while you just gotta knock the shit out of them. You know? It’s just that simple. I could say it a simpler way, I could say it more politically correct. But every man watching this, this, video right now knows when you’ve got a 15, 16 year old boy and he’s full of testosterone and he thinks he’s the king of the house then every once in a while you just gotta knock the shit out of them for 10 seconds to, remember, remind them there’s a pecking order in this deal.
You’re dealing with a thousand pound animal, and when you let a thousand pound stud get the upper hand on you, it’s not if he’s going to clean your clock or rape your ass, it’s just when and how many times. You get my, deal, here?
Now the women who are watching this, you know, I make fun of these tree-hugging idiots that ride in a bitless bridle, and you know, they trail ride, and and, they’re close to nature. They hear what I just said and they say “that’s barbaric”, they’ve never trained a stud horse in their friggin’ life.
And I wish they would, cause they’d get killed and that would get rid of most of these people who bug the shit out of me. Okay? So they’ve never trained a stud horse in their life. They’ve never trained one. Their, their whole idea of accomplishment is the horse stands still at the mounting block. Like “oh my god, he stood still so I get three mounting blocks, one on top of the other and climb up with my fat ass up there and get on.”
They don’t know how to train a horse. They’re unrealistic. They’re idiots. Okay?
So stud horses, you know, Gordon McKinley told me this one time, he said “Clinton, let me tell you something about training studs. Don’t peck at a stud. Don’t nag at them. One good whack is better than a thousand little taps. Because if you nag at them and nag at them, they get really annoyed by it. And when they get annoyed long enough they get very violent and dangerous towards you. One good whack is better than a thousand little taps.”
So, as a over, overall Titan’s very good-minded. He’s a great minded horse overall. But every once in a while I just need to give him an ass kicking for about 5, 6 seconds and just reinforce, “hey, I love you Titan, but daddy will kick your ass if you step out of line.” And he’s “okay, I’m good,” and then we go on for a couple more weeks and I do it again.
And see, it’d be easy for me not to talk about this stuff, easy for me to hide it off camera and so forth. But again, people are attracted to genuine, ..ugh, people are attracted to genuine authentic people.
That’s what I am. You might love me and you might fricken’ hate my guts. But I promise you, my enemies will say “he’s genuine and authentic. He says what’s on his mind. Clinton Anderson is an asshole.” Well, depends on what your version of an asshole is. You know if your, if your definition of an asshole is someone who tells the truth, speaks their mind, and is direct, then yes I’m a complete asshole. If you have a different, definition of an asshole then I’d say I’m not that. Okay?
So. That’s kinda how it is. But, overall Titan did real well. But you gotta go through some ugly stuff to get the good stuff.
You know, um, Diaz in his training, we had a few days that we had to have a few wrestle around conversations when he was a stud colt. You know what I mean? Um, even geldings, every, every once in a while you need to wrestle them around a little bit and have a little come to Jesus meeting where they come to the party and say, “okay, I have my hands up, I’m real good now”. You know what I mean?
And that’s the stuff I think the general public, you know, what I’ll call general public like trail riding industry that doesn’t do any competing or showing. They think, they want the horse to look like it does on the Olympics, they want that beautiful Dressage horse, reining horse, blah blah blah.
But they, they’re delusional about what it takes to get to this point. And their argument is, “well you shouldn’t have to make a horse sweat, you shouldn’t have to lope him very long, and you shouldn’t stress him at all.” Okay? That would be like me saying to you, “hey, is a, is a 16 year old girl gonna to make it to the Olympics in gymnastics and never have a bad day? Is she never gonna be stressed? Is she, is her muscles never gonna be sore?” Of course she’s gonna be sore at different times. Mentally she’s gonna be stressed.
You gotta go through some of that to get to the next level. If you’re not uncomfortable you’re not growing. Okay? That’s as simple as it gets. If you’re not uncomfortable you’re not growing.
What is Clinton Anderson thinking?
I wonder, is Clinton Anderson speaking from experience about getting “ass raped” by a stud? Is that how he developed the novel training method to “knock the shit of them” before they have a chance?
I’m also pretty sure that most equestrians who’ve criticized Clinton Anderson are not arguing that a horse should never sweat, or lope, or experience stresses; actually I’ve never heard that argument from anybody in my life.
Is Clinton Anderson planning on targeting a different demographic?
Mostly, what I find curious about his rant is that his main supporters are female riders whose primary goal is not competition, but likely pleasure/trail riding. I guess the people paying his bills are just so annoying he couldn’t take it any more?
For all the women who posted in defense of him when I wrote about Clinton Anderson’s abusive riding habits training a 2 year old horse: Isn’t it great to know just how much the trainer you admire wishes your horse would kill you so you’d stop bugging him?