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post #21 of 23 Old 03-16-2014, 11:02 PM
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Im all for making it fun and enjoyable for the horse, but there needs to be a point when we are NOT playing anymore. I had a mare try to push me at the hitching post once (owner was a parelli worshiper). I pushed the horse back and ignored her. This horse had NEVER been told no, or what to do. She pushed me harder and i smacked her nose, i dont care whos horse it is, my space is mine and i don't want teeth that close to me (especially teeth belonging to a rude and mouthy horse) thank you. Oh that mare was pissed. I thought she was going to charge at me over the hitching post. I got irritated with her and just left, not my horse not my problem, and if the owner is just going to sit there and "porcupine" the mare for "being sassy" i don't need to continue the conversation.

I play games with my mare when i introduce something new, but once she gets it its no longer a game. I want her to not be bored out of her mind but i also know that my smart lil arab will try to out think me with games. When i say do it, she needs to, especially if she has done it over 100 times before. She is smart and i found out the hard way that there needs to be a time when "Play time" is over.

I will have to admit i don't like parelli because i have seen too many people hurt fallowing the method (and many bratty horses). So take my info with a grain of salt.
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post #22 of 23 Old 03-17-2014, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by KigerQueen View Post
...but there needs to be a point when we are NOT playing anymore. I had a mare try to push me at the hitching post once .... This horse had NEVER been told no,
Irritating & potentially dangerous, isn't it, when people don't teach their horses clear 'manners'. But don't blame the horse - not her fault she's allowed to be 'rude'. As far as I know, PNH(do they still call it that??) has some pretty clear boundaries about that sort of thing too & just because the owner didn't 'correct' the horse adequately is not to say her Parelli training made her like that. And I don't think it has anything to do with whether you're 'playing' or 'working' IMO. As far as I'm concerned, they'd better not forget their manners regardless of whether we're playing or not... forgetting manners would be one very fast reason for me becoming... not so fun!
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post #23 of 23 Old 03-22-2014, 12:25 AM
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CA and Parelli are probably more alike than they are different, but I don't think they ever worked together. The sad fact is that a lot of people just can't do natural horsemanship. They say they are doing Parelli or whatever but they just don't have the leadership ability. I do Parelli and he preaches love, language, and leadership in equal amounts. Most people have the love and maybe the language, but a lot fail at the leadership as demonstrated by the comments on here about horses who don't know what to do.
One big difference is the type of halter they use. Parelli alters do not have knots over the nose band and CA ones do. Parelli is also more about taking what the horse offers while if CA's horse wants to go left then CA wants to go right.
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