Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: North QLD, AUSTRALIA
• Horses: 0
To be honest i haven't done much pat parelli natural horsemanship, and i never use to like him at all. some of his methods were a little strange when he first started out, before he becae more popular.
my father is/was a race horse trainer/breeder/shower/lil' bit of everything really, and he use to start all of our horses. he met parelli a couple of times in his younger days on the horse scene and found him to be a couple of kangaroos short in the top paddock! but i have found that some of his methods are really taking off now and seem fairly popular.
the methods that my family have always used are monty roberts methods. he's been around a fair while longer than parelli and i find his methods more understandable for me personally as they are based on the horses instinctive behaviour, being a flight animal etc etc. these methods hae held true for me with alot of horses, and having just purchased an ex race horse off the track 8 months ago i have found his methods to work fantastically in getting him to bond with me and calm down. he's a beautiful horse now, affectionate and gentle. i think this is mainly because of monty roberts methods, as he was a little crazy and terrified when i actually purchased him.
he was completely head shy, and it is very obvious that he has either head butted something trying to get away from someone or someone has hit him with something as he has small scar tissue cloud in his eye which the vet attributed to either of the above mentioned actions. now that he has been restarted, he'll drop his head down to put the bridle on, he will nuzzle you and allow you to cuddle his face and play wit his ears.
he also use to be a pain in the butt to catch, ad now he walks up to you and waits for you to put his halter on.
i guess i know that the methods have worked because he'll do these things for me, the person he has bonded to, but he will still be very cautious around new people, especially men.
so that's my little rave. i reckon each to their own really, but monty roberts definitely has someinteresting reads if you want to look them up. lot of problem solving too. i think any natural method is better than the breaking method an hobbles. :o)