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    02-14-2011, 11:58 PM
Parelli horsenality

I find this to be the most confusing thing that Parelli's thought of. Some horses fall into several categories depending on their mood, location where you work them, etc. A horse can be bold in the arena but timid on the trail, etc. I don't see how they can lump horses only into categories. However, I have met horses that totally did fall into one of those categories. But some don't easily fall into their left brain, right brain.

What do you think about horsenalities? Can you personally label your horse as one horsenality?
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    02-15-2011, 12:00 AM
Of all of parelli's some weird and some wonderful creations, horsenality is easily the worst.

Simple fact is there are more than 4 horses in the world.
    02-15-2011, 12:04 AM
They had to think of something new so they could get more money.
    02-15-2011, 12:05 AM
Though having said that, some people i've met do use it effectively and mainly use the strategies for each of the 4 categories but just because they're effective strategies in different situations.

But most parelli people i've met are into labelling their horse this or that, when in fact their horse is a horse, not a right brain extrovert or left brain introvert and whatnot, just a horse, and capable of much more than 4 sets of behaviours, and deserves more dignity than being treated according to a template.
    02-15-2011, 12:06 AM
My horse is too unique to be categorized! Today he was a complete prince..and as I recall, he was an elephant last week...and a nerd the week before that ;P
    02-15-2011, 12:16 AM
Yeah well I am not here to bash Parelli. I actually do Parelli but the horsenalities seems to be for novices to label their horse. I know my horse can't be labeled as left or right brain. I did work with a horse that fit into the Parelli label perfectly but not every horse fits into each label perfectly.
This is the only thing that bugs me about Parelli.
    02-15-2011, 12:54 PM
I find this approach to be very funny frankly. It's like "one size fits all".
    02-15-2011, 12:59 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I find this approach to be very funny frankly. It's like "one size fits all".
That seems to be a running theam with PP.
    02-15-2011, 07:32 PM
I went through the motions of the Horsenality for Scout for fun, and honestly I can't remember what the result was... I feel like he was really evenly distributed all around that little characteristic-wheel thingy...

I don't give it any more credit than any other kind of personality test or quiz. Fun to mess with and find the results, but I've found it easier to just mess with the horse for a little bit and let him tell me what he is like as an individual, not what pigeonhole he fits in (or doesn't).

Just my personal experience and 2 cents.
    02-15-2011, 10:00 PM
A couple of points:

1) The horsenality chart doesn't say that there are only 4 horse personalities: there are 4 main types, a combination of extrovert, introvert, calm/dominating/alpha or scared/nervous/beta.

You could also say that a human is mainly one of these types (in fact I think that PP students are pinpointing their own personalities, using the 4 types.) People have been referring to "alpha" human types, or introvert humans for ages, also.

As such, it's just a helpful chart, since each horsenality requires a different skill set for optimum effectiveness. You don't treat a scared horse like you do a challenging horse, e.g.

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