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    04-21-2012, 08:47 PM
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So I've been doing lots of Clinton Anderson and Parelli exercises with my mare lately.
It makes such a huge difference, she's so much more respectful. She doesn't move when I groom or saddle her. It's so cool!
I would seriously recommend doing this with your horses! It's just so awesome for you and your horse to know these things!!!!!!!!!!
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    04-21-2012, 10:00 PM
I LOVE Parelli! Notreally a big fan of Clinton Anderson though.....
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    04-21-2012, 10:03 PM
Just curious
Why to both your opinions?
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    04-22-2012, 11:46 AM
Well I was at one of Clinton's clinic and he was like beating on the horse because it wouldn't do what he wanted.. I am sure he was just embarressed and didn't mean for it to be like that but still it's still not right... Plus just not very found of his methods...
I have been to Parelli's clinics they were amazing, this girl at my barn is a level 3 or 4 and just seeing what real everyday people can do and the bond with the horses is amazing!!! I started it last year and I can just tell the diffrence, I act more like a partner as so does my horse. I act like a natural rider/horsewoman and a result, my horse and I have a WAYYYY better bond...
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    04-22-2012, 11:50 AM
All the trainers have something to offer. Often it is about personality and what you as an individual are attracted to. Was Clinton beating or tapping on the horse. If he beat on the horse it would have been trying desperately to escape.
    04-22-2012, 12:02 PM
I tap on my horse with my carrot stick.
Well I used to, but now she knows that when I move it, she's supposed to move away from it.
She's not afraid of it either.
I've seen some people use sticks incorrectly and their horses are terrified of them
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    04-22-2012, 12:03 PM
I've seen more videos of Parelli "beating" horses than Anderson, but then again, most of the "beatings" are just some horses are more set than others and sometimes you just HAVE to get through to them to keep them from going to the slaughter house.

Just because a trainer has to resort to sever methods for a particular horse says nothing about how they are with the normal everyday backyard horse.

And in this day and age, people are quick to scream "horse beater" when they don't understand what is truely going on.

I use a combination of methods from multiple trainers and if you use your brain, you can learn something from most of them.
    04-22-2012, 12:24 PM
I'm not a fan of either. CA has quite the temper, from what I've seen, and Parelli....well, we won't go there . I like John Lyons and Chris Cox, though.
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    04-22-2012, 06:12 PM
Originally Posted by Lexiie    
I tap on my horse with my carrot stick.
Well I used to, but now she knows that when I move it, she's supposed to move away from it.
She's not afraid of it either.
I've seen some people use sticks incorrectly and their horses are terrified of them
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Yep before I bougth my horse people would whip her with it she was terrified of them untill she learned from the carrot stick that it was a good fun thing
    04-22-2012, 06:14 PM
I have to agree with Equestriancowgirl4 I prefer Parelli, partly for the reasons she mentioned, I've seen both work with horses in person and when I went to CA's clinic he got (my opinion) very hard on the filly he was working, I've been to 4 Parelli clinics and have never seen Pat or any of his students treat a horse too harshly(again my opinion).

But I don't really want to get on the subject of what constitutes a beating and what amount of physical pressure is necessary to teach the horse. Probably every clinician has videos circulating of them "roughing up" a horse, and they also have given responses as to why it was needed for that horse. My reason for choosing PP is the results I have gotten from each program.

CA worked great on some of my horses, but three of my horses couldn't handle the amount of pressure and the speed at which CA recommends you apply it, they became very spooky around me and learned very slowly in that program.

PP explains how to tailor your training style to meet each horse's needs as an individual. I know many people find the whole "Horsenality" thing confusing, but found it to be very enlightening. It finally made sense why certain techniques worked on some of my horses but not others and how to decide which techniques will be effective for what horse. So now I watch a wide variety of trainers and I can pick out what tasks will work most effectively on each of my 5 horses individually.

What drew me to Parelli in the first place was his high level students. I feel that almost all of the clinicians are great at teaching horses, but PP was the first clinician that I seen show what he could teach to a human. Another clinician that has turned out some very skilled students from his program is Denis Reis. I have yet to see a CA student that really REALLY impresses me.

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