Originally Posted by FutureVetGirl
Thanks! I was really confuzzled...
I'm not a big fan of Parelli. I like join-up techiques... but there's something about Parelli that seems a bit wierd and crazy. But the friendly game just seems like you're spending time with the horse. So that shouldn't be too wierd. The porcupine game seems a little... off though. Most horses lean INTO pressure, rather than against. And I like working with the horse's natural movement and mindset, rather than making the horse do things that just aren't natural, like moving away from pressure, and so on. But there's nothing wrong with "bombproofing" in my opinion.
I'll do a lot of grooming, leading, etc. I highly doubt that anyone would mind if I just work the horse in his field, or in his stall. I can't go off with them unless I have express permission (and I'm terrified of asking... :P).
I'll probably ask more about stuff really soon. For now... I need to find some decent rags and brushes that I can use for grooming. *sigh* I can BEG my mom... :P
The friendly game is getting the horse to trust you, to like being WITH you and WANT to be with you.
Yes, most horses go into pressure, but you want to teach them to move away from the pressure. Having a horse move away from pressure is not un-natural...a horse will move away from pressure when the lead horse puts pressure on him...YOU are the lead horse, so when you put ANY bit of pressure on the horse, he is to respect you and move away from it.
It's not "natural" to put a bit in their mouth, it's not "natural" to clean their feet, it's not "natural" to worm a horse, it's not "natural" to put winter blankets, it's not "natural" to keep a horse in a stall all the time or part of the time....shall I go on? 99% of the things we do to a horse is not natural. There is no way to go 100% natural.
Of course there is nothing wrong with bombproofing, but neither is there anything wrong with moving away from pressure. It for some reason you have the horse in a stall, and he pins you against the wall and won't move because he's frightned or whatever, would you rather have him lean INTO pressure or move off of it?
Lunging is used to get the horse to listen and focus on you.
There are hundreds if not more ways to get a horse to listen to you and focus on you then making him walk, trot, and canter in a circle around you.
It also helps you see things in the horse's movement, like if they're picking up the correct lead in both the front and hind legs in the canter
90% of the time a horse WILL put up the correct lead when going in a circle. If they don't it throws them off balance. When riding in a saddle, the main reason why a horse gets the wrong lead is the rider is unbalanced, causing the weight to shift.
If they are behind you and spook, you'll just be run over
I didn't mean follow really close behind you...of course they'd run over you then. Sonny follows behind by my 6 feet ir not more. I have a 12 foot lead and depending on the day, I'll have him anywhere from 5 feet away to 10 feet away. I never have him closer than 5 feet while leading
Horses are natural followers and most of them are claustraphobic so having a person that close to them causes them to feel uncomfortable...but 90% of them won't show that they are uncomfortable.
I believe that you should teach your horse to move away from pressure, even if it is not their natural reaction. If you ever end up in a stall between a horse and a wall, you want to be able to apply pressure to it's side and to have the horse move away and not squish you further
Hehe same answer or close lol
But actually moving away from pressure IS natural. Horses are prey animals, they move away from pressure.
You want to be able to control every little inch of body on the horse. It's safer for you.
FVG, just curious, what about Parelli don't you like?