Originally Posted by saint3meg3rlfc
See this is my problem. Now this horse is dead to the crop. I know people who have been in emergency situations with there horses where a crop is NEEDED (i.e. Almost getting run over by a car with a horse who was acting up, one very hard smack with the bat saved both of their lives) You have a bombproof horse, but the now just switch off to everything
I've heard too many horror stories out of parelli. My motto, if it isn't broke, don't fix it
you're right, desensitizing can make a horse "dead" to pressure if there's no sensitizing going on, too.
If there's a balance, as the Parelli and all NH trainers teach people to use....a balance between despook and sensitize (teach the horse to yield to pressure)....then the horse will be able to tell the difference between a crop that's just being waved around ("you're not asking me to move") vs. a pattern of pressure (squeeze of calves, "kiss" then a tap of the crop = "you want me to move").