Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Canberra, Australia
The reason I said Parelli more than other natural horsemanships is that it is the one I am semi familiar, a long with Monty Roberts. While I have seen Monty Roberts work and I think he is great, I think that his well known training methods can only take you so far. When I got my horse I tried the join up, and although I have done it successfully with many other horses it did not work with her. She won't go away from me, or she will for a bit and then not. You could throw a rope at her and she would just look at you sadly. She doesn't seem to get body language from me, or in fact other horses. I don't know why. She just does not want to go away.
I've met Parelli before as well, and I did not like the commercialism of his whole enterprise, it was all a bit sickening. But, when I was about 10, my mother bought me a Parelli book, it was called Natural Horse-Man-Ship, and this was before he had the games and it focussed on just getting the horse to yield and lateral lunge. I did some of this with one of my horses and it worked okay with him.
I agree that I have seen some very weird Parelli people.Many of them, though certainly not all, will not tolerate any other horse training method, and everything with them has to be Parelli. I don't want to be like that, but I am not sure how well the traditional methods work, especially if you don't have all the equipment and people to help you. I've always been cautious about lungeing because I have heard it can really hurt their joints. A lot of trainers I have met have told me that they try not to lunge their horse before they are four, but I do feel that lunging and side reins etc are a big part in traditional training to get them to accept tack. I want a method that is good and safe for the horse, but that a person can do on their own, without help of people holding them, leading them etc.
I don't know who this Anderson man is, I have never heard of him. Is he good?
Thank you for all the advice.