Before yesterday I completely didn't understand Pat Parelli's methods at all and thought that it could never really work.
Yesterday night the barn owners, and Sarah and I took our TB out to Patty's (barn owner) friends barn so she could take a look and determine what we should do with him. Her name is Terri and she is working on her level 3 parelli hoping to become a certified instructor. Terri did some ground work with him and determined we should leave him there for a couple days and have Sarah and I come out and she would help us train him. We woke up this morning and set out for her barn we got there thinking that All that would happen was some ground work and what not. Sarah and I decided she would work with Viento having done some Parelli with him already. I thought I would be there and just watch but she took out one of her already trained horses and had me ride him. It was a totally different ride that really made Parelli work for me. I have become a much better rider, I feel that the point I'm at took me a year to achieve but all that's happened is me coming out twice today. I can ride bareback with little to no reins at the walk and trot, bring him back down to the walk and even halt with no pulling. I don't have a bridle on and in fact I have a rope halter on. I am a REALLY in confident rider and I have gained so much confidence.
To tell you about viento now. Sarah did lots of groundwork this morning then the next thing we knew sarah was on him bareback with a halter walking around with NO bucks, NO rears and a VERY calm horse. Tonight Sarah did very little groundwork and was able to get on and actually tell him where she wanted to go and she even trotted. She walked him over some small barrels and even walked him over a tarp. I know that she probably has gained so much more confidence then me and I don't even know how that can be possible when I am SO happy.
I want to hear what you guys think about Pat Parelli! Tell me your stories!