Thanks! Like Allure, Aramis has had some very bad handling in his 7 years. He was worked extensively in draw reins, beaten with whips when he "misbehaved" on top of so many other things. So yea, he has a lot of issues but yesterday I had a really good session with him and by the end of it he was so soft and just a sweet heart. He's a good boy, unfortunately the people of his past didn't know how to handle this LBE!
I am working on Level 2 currently. My 5 year old mare is excellent on the ground even progressing into Level 3 groundwork but we are a little slow with the saddle work - more my fault than hers. I found this site while looking for a good general horse forum, noticed a few Parelli people and thought I'd say hello.
Agreed. Most of the time is not the equipment that's bad, it's the people that are using the equipment. But wouldn't it be nice not to have to use any? At all? That's my ultimate goal. ('Course I could probably do that now but who know's where I'd end up. )
The draw reins were obviously bad. I will never use draw reins on any horse because I don't need to. Parelli gives me the tools and knowledge I need so that I don't have to resort to mechanics or gadgets.