Profile of Horse Trainer Clinton Anderson

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Clinton Anderson is a popular horse trainer and has many outlets for his information including a Youtube Channel, website and Facebook page. He tends to be more popular with western riders. 

Clinton Anderson’s Principles:

Gaining respect is the most important aspect of horse training.

Clinton Anderson’s Background:

Clinton Anderson was born and raised in Australia. His family encouraged him to pursue his talent for horse training at a very early age.

As a teenager, he apprenticed with renowned Australian clinician and horse trainer Gordon McKinlay and the, Ian Frances. Clinton then came to the U.S. to train with Al Dunning. He returned to Australia but then moved permanently to the U.S. in 1997.

Clinton Anderson’s Tools:

The Clinton Anderson website offers a wide range of horse tack and equipment. The Downunder Handy Stick is a training aid much like the carrot stick. An interesting product for riders is an ankle safe that can be worn on the ankle or on the arm. It is like a mini-backpack in which a flashlight, map, cell phone or other necessities can be carried.

Clinton Anderson's Accomplishments:

Anderson has a reputation for being able to train ‘untrainable’ horses. In 1997 he won the Australian National Reining Futurity and  won the Road to the Horse Colt Starting Challenge in 2003 and 2005.

In 2016, Clinton sparked outrage when a video of him suggesting "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." and calling women who attempt to train stallions 'idiots', went viral.

Clinton has also been criticized for using heavy handed methods that some would say are abusive to the horse he is working with. 

Clinton Anderson’s Methods:

Anderson believes in the necessity of understanding horse physiology and why horses do what they do. Clinton breaks training into easy to understand steps so that horse owners can enjoy their horses more.

Critics of his methods point out that he appears to be forcing his horses, rather than working with them. 

Clinton Anderson’s Words of Wisdom:

“With the right tools and instruction YOU can turn your horse into the willing partner you've always wanted!”


Find More Information About Clinton Anderson:

The Downunder Horsemanship website has products for purchase, video, news blog and events listings.

Clinton Anderson’s Resources:

Clinton Anderson has a range of books and DVDs available. Members of the “No Worries Club” receive a newsletter, discounts on merchandise and clinics and accesses to Anderson’s blog, online TV, tours and message board.