Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
^^ Linda Parelli's theory works well with a well trained horse of a calm nature in a tightly controlled situation. Not so well in many other situations. A horse can feel the change in balance and respond to that...or not.
It also won't work well with a horse who knows his rider likes to look around - like me. I'd HATE having a horse who turns right just because I look right. If I look back to see if a car is coming, or to see how other riders are doing, I do NOT want my horse turning! I also ought to be able to look at a sunset without my horse turning.
My horses will respond to my legs and neck rein. I don't need or want them turning without a specific cue. But that does not require me to be in their mouth. Someone who is in the horse's mouth too much usually is using the reins for balance, or hasn't figured out how a horse moves it head for balance. Those are things that can be taught on a lunge line, a round pen, with a bitless bridle, with slack in the reins, etc. It comes with experience, and there are multiple ways to get that experience.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)