a girl named Ericka worked there for awhile during high school. She was a friend of mine. Poppy Phillips was my trainer, she was training at Boyle's at the same time as Clinton. I have always felt she was an excellent trainer for both of us. I loved that she was compassionate towards the horses and in tune with what they were trying to learn and tried different methods to teach me ("end product" was best for me).
I will never forget coming for my lesson one day and Clinton was on my horse in the round pen...just wailing on him. Gamblin didn't know which way was up anymore. He was worked into a frothy sweat and Clinton just kept at him. He did not have my permission to be on my horse and no one was supposed to be riding him that day anyway because he didn't get ridden on days when I had my lessons. Gamblin was bleeding from the spurs and welted. Course he is white, so the tiniest pin prick would look a lot worse with all the sweat and white hair. But I was furious. Took several weeks (and possibly up to 2 months) before Gamblin would calmly walk into the round pen again.
Gamblin is a lazy and calm/quiet horse...he was sold to me as a trail horse because, even as a 2 year old, it was clear that he was not interested and too lazy to be any kind of a performance horse. Apparently Clinton felt that he could spur and yank the laziness out of my horse. And for that, I will never support that man in any way. I pray that he is a better trainer now than he was then and that mine is the last horse that he abused (in my mind, other trainers might find it perfectly acceptable): but I have no reason to believe that any of that is the case. He has just become a better con artist.
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