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post #21 of 24 Old 01-23-2009, 06:34 PM
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I mix everything and try to be as gentle as i can, but as harsh as need be. I don't follow anyone method and I mix the parts I like to create my own unique principles. Every method has it's own perks and down sides
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post #22 of 24 Old 01-23-2009, 06:57 PM
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Wow, okay guys... we ALL know how I feel about Parelli, but how about we tuck those tongue swords away, and try wording things less... hostile :) Each of us has our opinions, and that's great! Let's just be tactful :)

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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.
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post #24 of 24 Old 01-23-2009, 11:45 PM
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if you want to get serious about learning horses, do some research on REAL trainers and you'll discover practical and effective ways to train and you'll find ways that work best for you and your horse. If you want a "famous" person to start Curt Pate, if you want an unknown, google Kevin Wescott. both of these men are "cowboys" who do train in the "natural" ways.

I do agree I personally share the same views as many others on parelli but personally havent had any luck with it myself.Plus alot of the people around here do i dont think completly grasp the whole view i have seen Curt pate do a clinic and he is fantastic very straight forward on how he does things and in depth just true horsmanship in fact he actually took my grandpas filly few years ago and broke her at on his clinics and shes a joy to ride. I havent seen much n Clinton anderson but a friend of mine went to a clincic he did and really enjoyed it and shes not much for the natural horsemanship i would personally explore your options see what works for you study a few was so that later if you come to a bump then you have something to resort to versus stumbling around going whats next without any resources to go back on good luck

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