Originally Posted by tinyliny
he talks about puttinga feel on the rope , and he waits for the filly's mind to follow the rope before asking her to bring her front end around in the turns of direction. He is syncing his "asks" with her readiness with her feet, so that it is more likely to be successful, and make more sense to the horse.
He's the only one I've seen that talks about the importance of having the horse able to accept the scary thing WHILE moving, not just while standing.
Parelli is actually very strong on all these ideas. "Follow a feel" is a common phrase. Another common phrase is "Mind Body Feet" which also embodies the idea of mind first. Another famous phrase is "Feel of the horse. Feel for the horse. Feel together". I heard all these first in the Parelli program, but have heard them from other clinicians as well so doubt they are Pat originals.
As for scary things on the move it is a basic to be able to play friendly game with sticks, strings, coats whatever whilst moving. If you don't test it on the move you could find you are dealing with an extreme scared introverted horse who blocks things out when stood still, but watch out when you move him.
Mark Rashid has a whole DVD called "Footfall" which describes timing cues to movement of feet. (Beware. Take a strong caffeine hit before you watch it. It's very good but Mark is the only guy who can send me to sleep quicker than Pat
What I am trying to say is that most good horsemen think in the terms you describe and the fact that Brent also thinks in these terms doesn't make him unique, but does mean that he has the right attitude to teaching and could well be a very good horseman.