02-04-2013, 12:21 PM
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When I first got my first and crazy horse, it was with the Parelli style that we both learned. I first tried CA, but the tapping stuff would make her see red. The giggling, gentler approach of the Parelli style worked best for us. I was also new to horses during this part of the journey and it helped me learn to read horse body language, slowly. It was something I could do with my horse to build a trust and relationship with her. I was in no rush to get on her and ride, just learn about her and have her learn about me, for months before I rode her. It was also something I felt coordinated to do, which I think helped my horse since I could be clear and consistent.
As the years have gone on now, and I have other horses, I change my method style as needed. I have had to use an approach where I need to be less 'gooey' and mean what I say 'now'. So, I do use some of CA stuff at times too. I really don't use one or the other, kind of a mix. I always love to start with join up type exercises to learn about what the horse is made up of in a matter of minutes...then I can decide what approach to take.
That being said, my first and crazy horse turned out to be a wonderful annd respectful horse. She was a pure joy for me and she was trained when all I knew was the Parelli style. It worked for us, but I can see when another approach may be needed for different horses.
Some of the stuff is really the same anyway....Yoyo game = Hula Hoop method etc. They use the same 'stick' etc.