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        05-09-2008, 11:52 PM
      #21
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    I will disagree with the statement that Parelli doesn't work for every horse. Parelli is based on using HORSE psychology and using HORSE body language in a way that the HORSE will understand.

    Parelli does not work for every person. I will keep the thoughts of why this is to myself, as I know I would get in trouble!

    If Parelli "doesn't work" for a horse, it's not the horse's fault or the program's fault. It's the handler's fault. Sounds harsh, but it's true. A horse is a horse. They all have the same needs.....safety, comfort, play, and food. Each Horsenality has a higher priority for a certain need.....like left brained horses are more concerned with food than safety, where right brained horses are the opposite. That's why coaxing a scared, right brained horse into a trailer with food doesn't work! It's our job as aspiring horseman and woman to be able to read the horse and understand what's going on and to know and understand each strategy for each Horsenality. Each strategy is different, and if you use the wrong strategy on a certain horse, of course you will think the program doesn't work It's just not the right strategy!

    The Parelli program does not discriminate. By that I mean it doesn't just work on a certain kind of horse.....it works for all horses because it's based on HORSE psychology, etc. I've worked with a lot of different breeds.......a lot of different attitudes.......each Horsenality.......different disciplines.......all different horses with their own special qualities.......and it's worked every time.

    My new horse is a prime example. He came to me as being labeled a biter, a kicker, a man hater, and an aggressive, dominant, bully of a horse. Only 1 person could ride him and only 3 people could successfully handle him. I've had him a little over 2 months and he has not once tried to bite or kick me, he is around men and has never acted aggressive. He does have a dominant streak in him but that's just him. He knows now he can not intimidate me like he could all the others, but he's okay with that now. He still has emotional and mental barriers up due to his horrible past, but over time those will slowly come down. I have done nothing but Parelli with him and I'm riding him successfully, with a halter and with a bridle. We are doing advanced Level 2 ground work. This horse is very challenging in many different ways. He's not your average back yard horse, he came with baggage and emotional and mental scars and some days I see every one of the Horsenalities in a short session. That is what makes him challenging, but I love it. It's making me grow more as a horseman (woman) and if I wasn't willing to dedicate myself to the study of the Parelli program and to be a student who is striving for excellence, I could EASILY say Parelli wouldn't work for him. But because I am a dedicated student and I understand the theory and can apply it correctly, the only thing I ever get out of any horse I play with is success.
         
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        05-09-2008, 11:58 PM
      #22
    Trained
    I kinda don't like to go with just one. Its good to watch a variety of trainer. I like a lot of parelli stuff but I also love frank bell and certain aspects from clinton anderson (dreamy ) and josh lyons.

    I am not right into it but I incorporate many aspects into the work I do with my guys. The 7 games by parelli is fantastic and builds a great foundation. It also teaches YOU a lot about HOW to communicate with your horse. A lot of other things are easier to figure out when you learn these things.

    So I give a big thumbs up to NH but not just 1 trainer
         
        05-10-2008, 12:53 AM
      #23
    Showing
    I think the basic of parelli is something that every good horse owner does without realizing it. It's all about knowing how to read the horse and building a bond. All parelli did was turn that "science" into a money making business.

    Those who decide to join this "training method" are the ones who don't really have a good understanding of what horse behavior really is.
         
        05-10-2008, 11:26 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    Teehee, glad to know everyone isn't living in a fantasy land. XD;
         
        05-11-2008, 10:21 AM
      #25
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    Mmmm, gee, what a slam at all of us who got into the Parelli program, or who are interested in getting into it :roll: Did it ever occur to you that any of us got into Parelli for actual, legitimate reasons?
         
        05-11-2008, 01:36 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I really don't see who's slamming it. If you read everything, you'd see that I purchased levels one and two and endorsed it for certain things.
    Parelli is great because all it really does is teach the person--and most people are not good 'natural' trainers.
         
        05-11-2008, 02:54 PM
      #27
    Showing
    I don't use Parelli and really can't see myself getting into it; my training methods aren't named (i.e. I don't call myself a user of Parelli, Anderson, etc) however I find I do use "natural" ways of communicating with the horse - if he comes into my space, I act like a horse and get him back out. I know which pressure points will encourage a horse to go forwards (great when teaching round-penning manners or lunging) and backwards. When I'm starting a horse, I don't buck them out, but I don't use "Parelli" methods either - I get them started how I like to start horses - from the ground up.
    I have picked up all these "methods" over many years, and they've worked really well for me, I don't see any sense in changing them...
    I'm not bashing Parelli either, mind you, I think it's a great program for those who want to do it, and it helps a person understand horse mannerisms. I just don't see any use for it for myself, because I think I understand the "horse science" as M2G put it fairly well.
         
        05-11-2008, 05:43 PM
      #28
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spirithorse
    Mmmm, gee, what a slam at all of us who got into the Parelli program, or who are interested in getting into it :roll: Did it ever occur to you that any of us got into Parelli for actual, legitimate reasons?
    This thread was started to bring all opinions out. This is my view and you are free to take it or leave it.
    You are I am sure a responsible horse owner and can make your own decisions as to whether or not you choose to take his program. Congratulations on finding something that works well for you.
         
        05-11-2008, 06:29 PM
      #29
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    Just seemed like your comment, My2Geldings, was implied to mean that only people who were "inadequate" or "hanicaped" at reading horse behavior were the ones who get into a certain training method. Not a true statement at all. Karen Rohlf is now the Parelli Associate for Dressage and she's been into horses forever. ANYONE can learn something from this program.
         
        05-11-2008, 06:40 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spirithorse
    Just seemed like your comment, My2Geldings, was implied to mean that only people who were "inadequate" or "hanicaped" at reading horse behavior were the ones who get into a certain training method. Not a true statement at all. Karen Rohlf is now the Parelli Associate for dressage and she's been into horses forever. ANYONE can learn something from this program.
    First off it's not "hanicaped" but handicapped, second I have no idea how you could possibly interpret my post into what you described.

    "Those who decide to join this "training method" are the ones who don't really have a good understanding of what horse behavior really is."

    You misunderstood the post and I think it would be wise idea to leave it be instead of starting up a fight.
         

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