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    07-07-2009, 10:53 AM
  #1
Yearling
The Carrot Stick

Why is it called that? Anyone know? It looks like a crop to me...
     
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    07-07-2009, 07:02 PM
  #2
Started
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.
     
    07-07-2009, 08:32 PM
  #3
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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.
     
    07-07-2009, 08:50 PM
  #4
Started
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
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...
     
    07-07-2009, 11:12 PM
  #5
Foal
You can also just buy a cattle stick at any tsc for a fraction of the cost.

Just a little hint.
     
    07-14-2009, 03:53 PM
  #6
Green Broke
SpirtHorse Got it :)

I use Half Circle Ranch "carrot" sticks
     
    07-16-2009, 01:05 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
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......
     
    07-16-2009, 02:56 PM
  #8
Started
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.
     
    07-16-2009, 06:29 PM
  #9
Yearling
I might be imagining things,but it seems that there are a few here that have a real problem with the word "Natural".

Share your pain with me and set it free!

Ha!
     
    07-16-2009, 06:41 PM
  #10
Yearling
Nevermind. I just don't have the energy
     

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