Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
• Horses: 0
Well I'm glad for you that what you do works and that you enjoy it. It does seem to me that the more different things you do with your horse, the better off his mind is. And these techniques are simply another thing to do. And I think that lots of these guys who do clinics are focussing at those times on giving people a good grounding, but are fully expecting that those folks will also move into specific disciplines that will take specialised training. It's been a very long time since I looked at Parelli's stuff, so I can't even remember what he teaches to those who go through all the levels but from what I do remember, he wanted people to develop relationships with their horses to the extent that no matter what the person asked, the horse was willing because he'd come to respect and trust him implicitly. Kind of like the police horses who become so used to all kinds of weird stuff, that going into crowds, etc., doesn't phase them.
I think that just like everything else, there is always room for multiple ways of doing something or achieving something, just as long as no one, including animals, gets hurt.