Originally Posted by Fisher.Cat.
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
If she's a beginner and having trouble, she is better off spending her money on a one-on-one trainer.
I'm sorry, I have very limited experience with Parelli personally, but from what I've seen, beginners + the program = trouble. Especially since you said her horse sense isn't great.... I think this could be disasterous.
I'm sorry. I have very little to say that's good about Parelli, so I will butt out of this conversation.
Took the words out of my mouth. She needs a trainer to keep her and her horse from getting hurt. Having her hands up in the air while kicking her horse to go is not a problem that Parelli is going to fix, its a problem that a trainer should fix. :]
That's the major issue I have with ANY DVD training system - YOU DO NOT GET FEEDBACK. The dvd can't say "no, you're doing it wrong!" it just says "okay great! Now that you've done that let's move on" when really... you should be back working on square one.
"She is also "riding" her in the areana and to have her move out more she lets her horse stop at each corner and eat grass. Thus she thinks she is rewarding the horse for moving along the rail. I think she is training her horse that the horse is in charge. "
Umm.... YES! That horse has figured out that if he's lazy around the ring, he will be rewarded with grass.
That horse needs a good pair of spurs or a whip, and needs to be TOLD to walk on. (Not when he feels like it) .. what the heck are you supposed to do in the show ring? "Oh he doesn't feel like going... I'll just let him eat then maybe we'll mosey on to the next corner...." How long does it take her to get around the *&^% arena?!
As for letting her horse stop in corners and letting him eat grass.....she might be doing an exercise Parelli calls point to point. The point of this exercise is to get a lazy "short" horse to have more go and forward motion because 1) it's going in a straight line so the horse has a feeling of purpose, and 2) there is something in it for him at the end of the destination (rest or food).
Are you serious?
No, try this, I call it "Ask, Tell, Demand" and it works wonders.
Step one is to "ask" the horse to move on, encourage with your voice, light squeeze of the calves. If there is no response, move on to the "tell" phase - get more aggressive with your voice, and bump with your calves. If there is still no response, then "demand" the horse to move on; growl with your voice and kick the horse, or whip (behind your leg or on the rump) or bump the horse with the spurs.
The horse will figure out REAL QUICK to move off your nice light "ask" aid.
UGH this is why Parelli frusterates me so much!!!