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post #1 of 42 Old 07-07-2009, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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The Carrot Stick

Why is it called that? Anyone know? It looks like a crop to me...

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post #2 of 42 Old 07-07-2009, 06:02 PM
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I think I read somewhere that Pat Parelli coined the term in honor of the "dangling the carrot in front of the horse to get him to move" trick. Like the Little Rascals.

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Pat named it the carrot stick, not because it's orange, but because he wants people to be "extreme middle-of-the-roadists." Meaning you aren't just a stick person (like using a whip to force a horse to do something) and you aren't just a carrot person (like using treats to bribe and using all love).....you are a "carrot stick" person. You use love, language and leadership in equal doses, not just love love love and not just leadership and dictatorship.
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Pat named it the carrot stick, not because it's orange, but because he wants people to be "extreme middle-of-the-roadists." Meaning you aren't just a stick person (like using a whip to force a horse to do something) and you aren't just a carrot person (like using treats to bribe and using all love).....you are a "carrot stick" person. You use love, language and leadership in equal doses, not just love love love and not just leadership and dictatorship.
That makes way more sense than what I'd heard. No idea where I read my explanation...

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post #5 of 42 Old 07-07-2009, 10:12 PM
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You can also just buy a cattle stick at any tsc for a fraction of the cost.

Just a little hint.

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post #6 of 42 Old 07-14-2009, 02:53 PM
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SpirtHorse Got it :)

I use Half Circle Ranch "carrot" sticks
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post #7 of 42 Old 07-16-2009, 12:05 PM
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Pat named it the carrot stick, not because it's orange, but because he wants people to be "extreme middle-of-the-roadists." Meaning you aren't just a stick person (like using a whip to force a horse to do something) and you aren't just a carrot person (like using treats to bribe and using all love).....you are a "carrot stick" person. You use love, language and leadership in equal doses, not just love love love and not just leadership and dictatorship.

That guy just keeps cracking me up! I thought myself and my horse were supposed to show that to people, not the overpriced "stick" I carry!

Definitely not the impression I get from people when I see them carrying around a big orange stick......
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And the point of your post FlitterBug was....? This is the NH part of the forum, and the OP didn't ask for your opinion on the name or why it was named that, so keep things like that to yourself.
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I might be imagining things,but it seems that there are a few here that have a real problem with the word "Natural".

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post #10 of 42 Old 07-16-2009, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Nevermind. I just don't have the energy

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