anamcara, I can tell you similar stories of every single horse trainer/handler I have ever met. I talk here not just to you but everyone that owns a horse. And you are right, John is accessable, so is Parelli and Lyons and Dan James, I have been to a clinic myself and I have had someone who was not part of the clinic, rock up, watch for a while then leave to stir up a whole lot of trouble and claims of abuse. No single horse trainer is perfect, no single method will work on every horse, thats why true horse people never stop learning, will take methods and adapt them where and when needed. What Mr HP is selling and I commend him for, is a safe starting point for the complete novice. A starting point that actually has you out riding the horse, not waiting until you are level 3 before you are deemed good enough to even pat a horse. The vast majority of use will never ever achieve the "ultimate" horse human connection, the vast majority of us dont have all day every day and endless money to spend the time to achieve this. Most of us just want a safe and sane horse that we can enjoy a quiet ride on. Most of us can afford a DVD but cant afford a professional trainer. Mr HP's DVD's, and Yes, you really should look to buy ALL of them not just the one or two, as an investment in your own horsemanship, are designed and aimed at making horses safer and more enjoyable for the average horse owner, who may be lucky to own 1 horse in their lives. These people do not and never will get to gain that ellusive timing and feel that ONLY comes from hard graft. .......and from making mistakes, at the horses expense and at your own. Not one of use was born with perfect timing and feel, its had to be learnt, and along the way horses that we have previously or currently owned have suffered during our having to learn. I dont care if you have worked with 1 horse or 10 thousand, you never stop learning, you are only as good as the next time you touch a horse, and anyone that feels they have mastered or perfected anything with horses needs to have a nice long chat with Dr Phil lol. My point is, I would rather encourage a newbie to horses to watch a DVD from a professional horseman than take advice on horse training from their equally newbie, but has owned a horse 5 mins longer mate, and have yet another person hurt or killed by a horse, or another horse sent for pet food because they didnt bother to read and watch and learn. I would far more encourage a person for seeking advice than to caution them against that advice. Mr HP is a fantastic start for some one learning, he is also a fantastic reminder for those of us who have been in the game for a while and have forgoten a few things along the way. But so are the other trainers, so are the other advertisers on this forum. Be a sponge, learn from everyone, but NEVER let anyone stop you from learning.