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post #1 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question Finding Parelli Tools--for cheap

I'm interested in starting Parelli with my 13 year old half-arab. I'm 16 years old and dont have a TON of money to spend on expensive parelli tools. I would love to get the best stuff, i just can't afford it. Is there any good options for me for buying the parelli items?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 09:17 PM
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Christmas gifts lol!
When i first started out i made alot of my gear
I used a soft rope halter, though any rope halter will do it's just the Parelli one's are SOOO nice.
You can buy lengths of yacht rope from the hardware store as well as clips (a local tack store might have the swivel clips if you want one of those). It cost me $30 to make my 22 foot line which is roughly how much Parelli charges, without the added $20 shipping.
As for the stick, there are tack store that sell them for around $15, which is cheaper than you can buy anywhere online because they always get you with shipping.
I used just a regular 4 foot buggy whip for the longest time with a thin,5 foot piece of rope tied to the end. It was rigid enough, though of course not as good as a real one but it does work ;)
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 09:24 PM
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Make it yourself. The rope halters are insanely easy to make once you get the hang of it, a lead rope is easy to make, you might just need to buy the coach whip (carrot stick), unless you have some bamboo growing near by. If you want details on making the rope halter pm me and I can send you instructions, they are so easy to make the price some people charge for them is criminal.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 09:40 PM
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100 foot of 5/16th line is $9 at Lowes, can make a rope halter, then take the 75 foot left over make a 3 strand braid and theres your 20 foot lead/lunge line. Tie an eye in the end, you dont need a snap hook but you can add one for a couple bucks.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-06-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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thanks ya'll ! that's really helpful :) i apprieiate it !
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-06-2012, 02:57 PM
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You can make the halters without much trouble. I tried to make the 22 foot line, and I had a very hard time finding the same feel in the marine rope. I made one, but the original Parelli one is still my favorite. Same thing for the 'carrot stick'. I made a "turnip stick" but it doesn't have the same weight, feel and flexibility as the original and hardly ever gets used.

Funny thing is, I don't do Parelli. I play the 7 games with my foals, but that's it. But those tools are the best I've ever found. I just found a replacement swivel snap to fix the clasp on my line and I just ordered a new Savvy String.

It's kind of expensive to purchase in the beginning, but IMO it's worth the cost. Current price approximations are:

Halter $27
22 Foot Line $57
Carrot Stick & string $62

Total $146 plus shipping

That's not a real expensive Christmas present or can even be pretty reasonable if you split it up between family & friends. Otherwise, I'd recommend buying stuff 1 piece at a time and collecting it all that way.

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by HorseCourage View Post
I'm interested in starting Parelli with my 13 year old half-arab. I'm 16 years old and dont have a TON of money to spend on expensive parelli tools. I would love to get the best stuff, i just can't afford it. Is there any good options for me for buying the parelli items?
Here's the thing ... Pat is kind of like this:

The Parelli stuff is not necessarily the best stuff. In general, it's just like the stuff that doesn't have the Parelli name. The only difference is that it doesn't have the extra cost incurred by the Parelli name.

It's pretty much the same for every trainer's signature brands, especially the Clinton Anderson stuff. So buy the tack store's less-expensive stuff that doesn't have a trainer's name on it and save your money.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 04:53 PM
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I've gotten cheaper items at Naturalhorsestuff. I, myself, use the "carrot" sticks because they are much lighter. I am not affiliated at all with naturalhorsestuff. You may confirm this by going to my website

I hope this helps.

And, I too, have also gone to marine supply stores and purchased line for the leads. Works very well.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-08-2012, 03:18 PM
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I buy all my stuff from these guys...they have been speedy, great customer service and very affordable. Lead rope material is the SAME as the CA and Parelli ones...but MUCH cheaper.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-12-2012, 08:33 PM
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I agree that comparable products can be purchased at a tack store, ebay, etc. but be careful you know what you are looking for. Rope products that are made with polyester carriers and fill are MUCH better quality than ones made with polypropylene or other materials!

My tack is a mix of name brand and off brand(whatever I could get cheapest). The few non-polyester ropes I've gotten stuck with, turned stiff and scratchy in no time; they have a terrible feel both to the touch and in transferring energy. I also don't like to use a regular buggy whip or lounge whip anymore, the stiff "carrot" type stick is definitely a must to do NH properly.

PS to Lesandlily I love that web site you posted! I will be shopping with them soon.

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