Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I don't really recommend Parelli. A lot of people have had success with him, but unless you really want to get into all that scene and spend all that money. I'm not saying Parelli doesn't necessarily work - but I think its very much sold out.
I think the best way to deal with horses is to use common sense. I wouldn't really buy into "left brain" and "right brain" type thing, but be open to things. I've heard mixed reviews about Clinton Anderson, so approach him with caution, use your common sense.
If your horse does do something bad that you don't like, don't just stop because you think its too much. Stopping something because you don't like his reaction will just enforce it.
Things that would bore a horse are repetitive things. I don't like lunging with ropes - how much would you like running around in circles? You can do things like yielding to pressure on the ground, but don't push it. Do it a little, expect a little, then you get a result maybe a few times, then you move onto something else. Don't spend an hour on one thing - your horse is bound to get bored.
Most times a stubborn horse isn't stubborn so much, as he doesn't understand. Even though you may seem to be very clear in your commands you really have to show a horse what to do and keep at it until he gets it. Letting him getting away with something is actually training him to do something.
It works through pressure and relief. Use pressure and then relieve it when he does what is required
The internet is full of valuable sites, I find its best not to get too involved in one set belief, but one way doesn't work with all horses and getting too involved means you often cannot see outside it all.
Good luck. Get to know your horse, only you can judge him.