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Randy Byers Truth Revealed!

Peanut"Rearing and flipping over backwards is the single most dangerous thing a horse can do!"
Why does a horse rear?
Rearing is a refusal to go forward or an evasion to your "go forward" aids or cues!""

How do you fix a rearing problem? 
Simply put, "keep the horse's feet moving in any direction except backwards!"  It is impossible for a horse to rear while in a canter. In the video at the bottom of the page you will find a detailed explanation of the two most common methods to fix this unwanted behavior. 

Over the years, countless people and horses have been seriously injured or even killed by this type of unwanted behavior. This behavior is not to be taken lightly. A horse can go 6 different directions: forward, back, left, right, down, and UP! The truth is that it can happen at anytime without any warning from the horse or action on your part. If you have a horse that is starting to rear, seek help  from a professional before you or your horse get seriously injured or even killed. 

"It is better to put a welt on the horse's butt than have the horse put you in the grave!"

Regarding the abuse allegations from the officers of WDAA:
"Do not be misled by emotional gossip from disguised cyber bullies. Do not base your assumptions or conclusions on part of a video taken out of context, with no background information"
I have sat back and watched this Internet "abuse" long enough! Up to this point, I have stayed humbly silent so as not to fuel the fires of hate. I have a great passion for WESTERN DRESSAGE and I will continue to pioneer the future of WD with or without the support of the WDAA. I am no longer going to be a victim of this cyber warfare. Now you will hear the real story behind this video.

WDAAKarenPeanut was in the kill pen for a reason, she has a history of this dangerous behavior of rearing to the point of flipping over on the rider. Out of the goodness of her heart, Karen Meyers rescued the horse from the kill pen hoping to rehabilitate her. Karen Meyers of WDAA asked me to fix the horse in return for putting on two clinics in Tyler MN in June of 2011. I agreed to help.

I asked Karen to get on her horse and demonstrate to me what she would like to improve with Peanut. As she went clockwise around the rail, 3/4 of the way around the arena on the long side, without any warning, to my surprise, Peanut reared up and spun to the left throwing Karen into the wall. Karen got back on the horse and not more than 10ft later Peanut did it again. At that time, I told Karen that Peanut has an issue with going forward. I suggested that she get off and I would start working with her the next day.

PeanutSofteningKnowing that Peanut was stiff on the left side and had an evasion of going forward by rearing and spinning on the forehand, I proceeded to use the Bridle Work method that was taught to me by John Lyons. I worked with Peanut on the ground for the first week. The second and third week of training were a combination of both ground and saddle work to get her moving forward confidently. I told Karen that Peanut was showing signs of improvement, but this was a deep seated issue that would take longer than 30 days to fix. Well Dick Herrick of "Dick Herrick's trucking LLC in Tyler, MN" (Karen's husband) was concerned about the prolonged stay at his house while he was away out of town as a truck driver. He felt that it was inappropriate to spend that much time alone with his wife. At that time, I told Karen that Peanut was 80% better, but not fully fixed. Due to Mr. Meyers concerns, I respectfully severed my arrangement with Karen Meyers. I am sad to say that Karen then displayed unprofessional behavior which contributed to her being asked to leave the training barn that she was working at. I heard reports that Karen was riding Peanut (against my advice) without any issues. 

The viral video on YouTube was edited and taken out of context of the actual lesson. It only shows 2 minutes of a 20 minute lesson that ended with the horse going forward, relaxed, soft and supple. Horses go through learning curves and this horse at this point of the video became "stuck" she was not responding to the go forward cue!  This video on YouTube is the property of Karen Meyers and was released without my consent. Meyers released or caused the release of this video for only one reason.  Allowing this video to be misused for public humiliation is unprofessional and reflects poorly on the integrity and professionalism of the USEF and the WDAA. By continuing to air this video, WDAA is indirectly responsible for unsportsmanship like conduct. USEF is about integrity and professionalism! No USEF recognized organization (WDAA) should allow their officers to actively hide behind false names and conduct themselves in this manner.

PeanutKarenPeanut's unwanted behavior was the result of Karen's inability to follow through and maintain the new learned behavior and was further complicated by desensitization of the aids to go forward. The horse reverted back to the previous unwanted behavior. Peanut's confusion of going forward was directly caused by Karen's mixed signals of going forward. Karen's fear of getting hurt by Peanut is what caused the mixed signals in the first place. 

It is only human nature to place the blame on someone else rather than admit to your own shortcomings and fears. 

" A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on." ........Churchill

The truth is that the cyber bullies hide behind fake names to protect their identities and their relationship with WDAA. The cyber bullies do not care about the truth, they are judge, jury, and executioners for their agendas. 

Regarding John Lyons:
I deeply respect both John and Josh Lyons; however my needs and talents have changed. There comes a time when the bird needs to leave the nest and create his own life. That time has come and I ride my "brand" not someone else's. Western Dressage is my "brand" and that is what I was born to do..  



+1 #36 Anne 2012-07-07 12:40
The one thing I noticed right from the start is this lady weighs to much for this horse. I am sorry but if you are that size riding a horse of this fine build is not right. I hope she will sell or find a good home for her and find something more suitable for her size. The weight issue alone would be enough for some horses to rear or become difficult. I sense there is a pain issue with this horse after having a girlfriend with a Saddlebred doing the same thing, I finally told her to get the Dentist not the vet 2 minute quicky, but an Equine Dentist. After the mare's teeth were done it took about 3 weeks but she was a totally different horse. Dentist said he didn't know how she could of been ridden her teeth were so bad!
0 #35 Randy 2012-06-28 21:28
Katie wrote:
"Randy, My cousin was a race horse jocky and he came home to visit rode a horse in a pasture and pulled it over on him in a ditch and brok his neck and died! Thanks for viedo."
0 #34 Randy 2012-06-27 20:01
Jane wrote:
"Very informative! I don't think of this as anything but simple training. I have a 3 yr old right now that is on the verge of this. I get no "go forward" and am afraid it will go too far. I learned a lot from this. Thank you!"
0 #33 Randy 2012-06-27 19:06
Lisa wrote:
"yes, and I have a stallion that won't canter...when you attempt to make him go he shakes his head back and forth and runs backwards!"
+1 #32 Randy 2012-06-27 19:03
Lisa wrote:
" and huge sigh....shaking head...when will people learn? Horses are a big animal, if they are dangerous they can kill humans. They need to be taught, "dont kill humans". Sometimes it takes a little more than a kiss and a hug to change their habits."
+1 #31 Susan 2012-06-27 12:56
Randy's true calling is a teacher! He has a way of explaining things like no one else can do. I too am proud of you, Randy, for turning this into a teaching opportunity. You are a great horse trainer and have helped so many people and horses. It blows me away that Karen Meyers took the video out of context, lied to all her friends and the world, trying ruin your career for her personal agenda. Wow! Even when I saw the video when it first came out I knew it was a training moment and made a comment that it was not abusive and was told that i was an idiot. So I am glad you finally came forward and in such a class act kind of way!
0 #30 Randy 2012-06-27 00:17
Peacelovin wrote:
"You base your assumptions on preconceived ideals if what the situation should look like, not what is actually occurring. Its a lot like a video I watched that went viral about a trainer "abusing" a horse by using two crops while he was working on a specific issue the horse had. The horse was not harmed and learned the lesson. The owner of the horse couldn't recreate the learned behavior so the trainer became an abuser in her eyes. Get the point? "
0 #29 Michelle 2012-06-26 19:44
I am so happy to see you take this negative situation and turn it into a teaching moment for everyone. It is the mark of a true teacher to be able to make something positive out of such a difficult time. Way to go.
0 #28 Randy 2012-06-26 17:37
Tammy Rhodes:
Happened 2 weeks ago-4 broken bones in my back 1in my neck and torn cartlidge in my knee.
+1 #27 Randy 2012-06-26 17:36
Joyce Borkowski
Bottom line. As my trainer used to say. Forward is your friend. In the begining, babies only need to know three things; to listen to the human on the ground, to go forward and to stop/stand when asked and have it honed into them until they acquiesce and are asking you the question, whats next. Teaching them anything else other than this FIRST equals a horse not so inclined to move forward on the ground much less u/s. I find that many people don't wait till the horse has mastered this step before moving on.

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