10-28-2009, 10:12 PM
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I could definitely see that being true. I guarantee young people are attracted to what seems like "glitz and glamour" (not really, but best term I could think of). They see these perfectly behaved horses able to do all these neat "tricks" and they want their pony to act like that. Unfortunately, many young people have the attention span of a rock and as soon as they realize how much work is actually involved, they lose interest and revert back to their old ways.
Huge kudos to Spirithorse for finding something she loves and sticking with it. It's a rare quality to find in a young person to be that dedicated to something that involves a lot more time, work and patience then the average kid kicking and yanking their "stubborn" pony around a ring.
I find a huge crowd of Parelli follows are often more towards middle aged women who are somewhat novice. I've spoken to a lot who were extremely interested in it because they're just getting back into horses and as an older person, they've now developed a fear either from past accident or just not being around horses enough. They also seem to have the dedication and patience to really follow through with it.
But that's just my opinion from the Parelli people I've known!