I ended up ordering three Clinton Anderson DVDs. I like Clinton mainly because he gives very clear and concise instructions on training horses. My time is limited and my Clinton DVDs give me the most bang for the minute.
Over the last few years, Clinton has produced all new DVD series and has allowed inventory of his original DVD series to begin to dwindle away. I wanted to snag a few for my horse training library before they disappeared entirely.
The first two were half-price Black Friday specials. One was Leads and Lead Changes and the second is my all time favorite equine introduction video, Horsemanship 101. It is awesome for anyone just getting into horses, but it's also a great summary of all of the basic exercises found in Clinton's Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground and his Riding with Confidence series.
The third DVD, Handling Foals, Weanlings, and Yearlings had already disappeared from Clinton's online store. I ordered it through Ebay. It was advertised as being in "new condition with all the original packaging" so I was disappointed when it arrived in a blank DVD case with no table of contents. The lack of a cover/title page was mildly annoying, but the lack of a table of contents makes it very difficult to effectively use the five DVDs in the series.
I filed a complaint with Ebay, requesting that the seller send me the missing paperwork. Apparently that wasn't possible, because the seller ended up refunding my money instead. That was a nice surprise!
This video was primarily for Kid 1 and Kid 3. The BLM partners with local 4-H clubs to allow 4-Hers the opportunity to halter break a young mustang. Both girls have expressed an interest in participating in this program next summer, so I wanted them to have a resource to refer to.
I had won a gift certificate for Vickers Western Store at the Equifest this summer and I used that to get myself another Blocker Tie Ring. I love those things!
And last, but definitely not least, I've already bragged, I mean blogged, about The Beast (my new big horse trailer.)
All in all, a great horsey Christmas! Thank you to all of you who helped make it possible!