I don't know about you but I can use a break from the darkness of this series of posts so I have decided to take a brief respite from the telling of my story and focus instead something else.
This past weekend we had issues with our cable and boredom was driving me crazy. I had the forethought to have Dave set up the DVD player and show me which buttons to push (since I can't read any of that tiny print and don't use the thing often enough to know). Then I was good to go with the small stack of DVDs that are of interest to me.
I was torn between watching training material I have from Bobby Hart, Tommy Garland and then my assortment of horse movies. I have studied extensively the Hart material but I have never removed the shrink wrap from the Tommy Garland stuff since I lost all respect for the man with his treatment of my client and Rhythm.
Considering the man is dishonest and exploitative, how can I trust the material on the DVD series? I have a lot of money tied up there but who's to say it's anything more than smoke and mirrors.
I know plenty of horse trainers with talent who took shortcuts behind closed doors at the horse's expense. While Tommy Garland obviously had a lot of talent he is not the young, eager trainer I respected 18 years ago when Dandy was young. There was a huge difference between that first clinic I attended than that one just a few years back. The first had been about helping the participants with their horses while the second had been about promoting Tommy Garland and selling those DVDs. If I had seen that at the time, maybe Rhythm and his new owner would have been saved from the destructive course they ended up on.
I will probably always kick myself for not seeing what was right in front of me. I paid big money for him to help me with two of my horses that weekend. He used my time and my horses to pitch content on his soon to be released DVDs. He did literally hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in advance sales that weekend and I did not learn one single helpful thing with either horse but didn't even see it until the glow of doing a clinic with RFD-TVs latest star had dimmed and I realized what he did with my horses was unrelated to the issue I had requested assistance with.
That seeing the red flags after the fact is one of those things I am hoping to put behind me but just the memory of this whole thing with Tommy Garland was enough to settle the discussion I was having with myself about which DVDs were worth watching. Those by Garland are still in their shrink wrap. I opted to watch Buck
....and I watched it over....and over.....and over.
Hopefully I will be able to put into words what I saw.
To be continued....