Everyone at my barn does Parelli. They all seem to like it, the horses seem trained, so when someone lent me their level 1 DVD I figured why not I'll give it a try. Managed to sit through the first 2 discs last night. I couldn't do more because I was bored out of my skull. I could have done perfectly well without listening to Linda talk about herself and then watching a group of people swing a string.
But I figured it has to get better once they get all the talking and string stuff out of the way. Popped in the second DVD and now we are told to make your horse back up you wave both hands at him, get closer and closer and if he refuses to move smack him on the face til he does.
Doesn't this just create a horse that is headshy?
Then the other way to make him back up is to swing the lead rope at him till you are whipping it around and he finally backs up. Again....why? Can't you just use lead pressure?
Teaching them to move from pressure with the stick seemed like sound advice as far as I could tell so I don't have much to nitpick at in that area.
I'll be first to admit that I am not a horse trainer. I owned a horse 11 years ago and did a lot of jumping for about 6 years, but after that I hadn't owned a horse again until recently. So I have a 11 year gap in my knowledge. There's a lot I don't know anymore.
Am I missing something when it comes to Parelli?
Does it get better as the course progresses? Or would I be wasting my time sitting through the next 6 or so DVDs? I'm willing to pop them in and give it a go if there's useful info there, but I also don't want to waste hours of my life I'll never get back if there isn't.
Thank you in advance for any insight.