I started natural horsemanship a couple of years ago and have used the Parelli methods. Due to having to take time off for a pregnancy, I am almost done with level one with my gaited mare (I'll call her my Parelli mare).
I recently bought a grade QH mare that was a CA level two trained to add to our family (I'll call her my CA mare). Here's a link to her video in case anyone wants to see (it's a little long - 5 mins) but fun to watch.
YouTube - ‪Flashy Palomino Trail Horse With Flaxen Mane And Tail‬‏
I thought the methods would be relatively interchangeable but the differences between my two mares are significant. If you watch the video of my CA mare and know about both methods (I know nothing really of CA so can only speak in Parelli terms), you'll see in backing my CA mare that it's on what I'd call a Phase 4 under the Parelli methods.
Her phases are different depending on which game or exercise I'm doing, but nothing is what I would call a Phase 1.
My question is, how can she really be level two completed if she's not responding to Phase 1? I believe this is where the difference in the methods may come into play, and I am ignorant to that.
I worked with my Parelli mare until she consistently responded to Phase 1. She's now push button at the seven games. With a point, a figer wiggle, or a look, I can basically send her anywhere I want her to go. I also worked with a mentor who was more advanced than me, and I know that we're not supposed to "perfect" level one before we move on lol.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I wasn't really wanting to go through the CA DVD's as well to adapt to that method. Surely they can't be that different, but I feel that I will need to retrain my CA mare based on what I know (the method I'm familiar with). For those of you familiar with both, should I try to adapt her more to Parelli, or should I learn more about the CA methods and use what works best for us all from both?
Suggestions, input please