That's a good point. Although there are trainers who don't critize anyone when they're teaching haha but he does have some good advice underneath all the rambling. When I do force myself to watch some of his videos even though I might get annoyed, I usually learn something. Agreed about the spurs. I personally don't even own a pair, but if someone wants to use them and they use them correctly, well that's fine. Also agreed about the size of the horse. I personally like smaller horses, and June should mature to 14.2 but I think it's fine for me since I'm only 5'4 and don't weigh too much (and I'm even on a diet, so less weight for her to carry! Lol) and when I'm on a big horse I feel like I'm trying to ride an elephant. I believe Phoenix is 14.2 hands and he feels perfect, and I can even get on him bareback without struggling. So.. 14.2 is my favorite size. Now my sister, she's skinnier than me, but she's only 13 and already a hair over 5'6 and she's starting to get interested in horses so if she gets one I'll probably find a taller one for her so her legs aren't dangling all over.
I worked with June tonight, some ground work (progress on lunging, yay!) and then I got on her bareback, flexed her, backed her up, and starting turning her for the first time, using the reigns and leg pressure, turning to left was easy, we did it several times, turning right... Very hard, and we only succeeded once, but that's okay, I'm still proud of her. And everything is more difficult on her right side. Towards the end she started acting up, which is out of her character, but I'm blaming the heat cycle, and I was asking her to do stuff (I always ask first, becuase like you said working with a horse is stress) but she wasn't doing what I asked (which was to stand still) so since she kept backing up, I "made the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard" and backed her up until she wanted to stand still.