Originally Posted by 2BigReds
I like a lot of the exercises that Parelli teaches, but not all. There's a very part-time but certified Parelli trainer at our barn who does some great things, but at times I look at her and think, really...?
Just the other day she came to work with one of her client horses whom I have previously worked with under a collaborative trainer as a groom. The horses were still eating, and this horse gets protective of his food. Supposedly the "Parelli way" of catching a horse is standing at the entrance of the stall and waiting for the horse to come to you-never walk into the stall because that's "his space" or something. Well long story short, that didn't work and she had to walk away and let him finish eating before he would come to her. He even got aggressive before he was finished!
Now don't get me wrong, she has come a LONG way with this horse mentally (he was with a nearly abusive trainer before his current two and was defensive over everything), but SERIOUSLY??? Fat chance I'm going to just walk away from my horse and let him eat after he tries to double-barrel me! That's a pretty good reward for extremely dangerous behavior!
ETA: Somebody PLEASE tell me that this is not a method Parelli actually teaches!!!
Ha, I've had the same kind of WTH moments when I see Parelli students. I agree that not everything he teaches is questionable but there are some things. I can't say if that is an actual thing but when my horse got all aggressive on me over his food I turned my back to him and kicked my leg out. Probably looked like a fool but I figured, if that's what they do in the wild it could work there too, long story short, he got the picture. I did once talk to a Parelli student that was lunging her horse and he would crowd her. She told me that Parelli says to poke him in the shoulder with the carrot stick to move him away. The horse didn't seem amused and stood his ground. I don't know, I held my tongue because she didn't seem to want an opinion on the matter but it makes you wonder.