I've recently started working at a barn where my 'boss' seems to be SUPER into Parelli.
Well, at least, Parelli is what she seems to return to whenever she has an issue....but she also isn't super horse savvy. She's relatively horse savvy but you know.
Anyway, I have never had any real contact with Parelli ideas, pure Parelli or not, before this and that is pretty much creating my question:
Whenever my boss comes out to "watch" what I'm doing, if I'm desensitizing she'll be constantly 'reminding' me to "watch the eyes!! Don't take your eyes off his eyes!"
And I really don't understand it. I've asked her to explain but she says things like "you can tell what they're about to do before they do it from the way they're holding their eyes!"
Personally, I just watch the body language the horse is giving me.
I find that eye-shape can be influenced so much by other outside things - hunger, pain, etc...and it really confuses me why eyes would be better than body language.
Anyway, I would really like to understand the thinking behind "watch the eyes!" It seems that it must be some kind of 'big' principle since she says it so much....
Not trying to bash, I just don't come from the same place training-wise that she does and I would like to at least understand why the eyes are SO important to her....even if I don't choose to use it.