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    02-15-2011, 10:01 PM
  #11
Weanling
Not treating a scared horse the same way you treat a dominant horse has been around longer than parelli's horsenalities.

I once saw a parelli professional say to a group of students "any given horse can be any given combination of all given horsenalities, at any given time"

Needless to say the response was generally something like "blasphemy!"
But a few clever people in the group understood & were better off for it.
     
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    02-15-2011, 10:48 PM
  #12
Started
Parelli doesn't claim that they're the first to teach treating a scared horse differently from a challenging horse (not my claim, either) but they've put the main ones in a chart to help people remember that principle.

Just look at a public horse forum such as this one on any given day & see how many people ask what to do about a horse problem, but they don't think to learn from the horse whether the horse is refusing to do something out of fear or out of being challenging.
     
    02-17-2011, 08:10 PM
  #13
Weanling
I agree with Northern it is just a system to identify behavior so that a human knows what to do in a given situation. I have a horse that is in all quadrants and can be in any one at any given moment. As far as the chart goes corporations have been doing this to decide if potential employees will fit into a team. I've had contracts at several companies that did that and it was pretty useful. As part of the interview process there was a personality test (can't remember the name of it) and also technical tests. I seem to remember Linda worked with someone who is well known in that field to develop the horsenality chart.
     
    02-18-2011, 11:05 PM
  #14
Started
I've heard of the horsenality thing, but I haven't had time to really look at it and see where Bella fits in best, from glancing at the chart it looks like she's a bit of everything lol
     
    02-18-2011, 11:40 PM
  #15
Showing
To me, it's kind of like star signs. Some people swear by them, others think it's a load of hooey. Thing is, there's a phenomenon that people will only see/hear what they want, and forget about the things that aren't true, OR there are "excuses" (if you will... can you tell I'm one of the people that thinks it's a load of hooey?) such as "oh, well you are mostly a Capricorn, except that the moon was rising in the Aries portion of the sky the hour you were born, so you display X personality of Aries instead of Y personality of Capricorn."
     
    02-19-2011, 12:00 AM
  #16
Foal
Parelli Horsenalities

As a licensed psychotherapist, and horse trainer, I can tell you that some people qualify for an Axis II disorder (personality) and some don't. My suspicion is that the case would be the same with Parelli Horsenalities -- that is some horses would seem to fit well into a category, and some would not meet all of the criteria.

Hope that helps!

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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?
     
    02-19-2011, 12:24 PM
  #17
Foal
Smile Horsenality

I was very fortunate to have a 'trainer' teach me Level 1 of Parelli. The knowledge that I learned could not have been achieved from a DVD or book. We stretched his 10 lessons to over 1/2 a year, due to weather and other committements. That was to my advantage. It gave me a lot of time for homework.

That said, I will touch litely on horsenality. It's not just about categorizing your horse, its about taking that information further to educate both horse and rider. My horse is a LBE. She craves creativity, imaginative tasks and can't stand to be forced into anything. She hates to be bored. You need to speed things up, be enthusiastic and come up with variety in your lessons.

I was riding her in the roundpen. She hated it, but didn't seem ready for the rest of the world yet. What she really needed was variety. To do groundwork at another location, use obstacles, make games of it, use psychology. And the most important thing I learned was to 'whisper' my commands to my horse. She was terribly bothered if I was direct with my command. She wanted just the slightest of asking. Yes, she is very sensitive.

With every horsenality there comes suggestions for training methods. If I had not had this training, I could easily have thought she just needed a 'firm hand' I could have escalated my training methods, bits, and my expectations. And, should I ever sell this horse, I can share this knowledge with her next home.

Just think what the knowledge of horsenalitys could help you with. When horseshopping, you might be able to ask better questions and notice certain characteristics in the horse that would make for a better fit down the road.

I know, you'll just say I'm a Parelli follower. Actually, I try and take the best from all trainers and mesh them together.

And yes, a horse can have 2 different horsenalities. They can be one most of the time, then lean towards another when taken off the property, to a horse show, etc.
     
    02-19-2011, 02:30 PM
  #18
Yearling
In some ways I thnk the whole concept of horsenalities is arse about face. There should be a system to decide what sort of "horsenality' the PEOPLE who want to train horses have. Heres an example I've come up with:

The I.D type of person. I.D standing for indecisive ditherer, anyone that falls in this catagory need not try to train horses at all.
     
    02-19-2011, 02:59 PM
  #19
Started
Snorton, very good description of how knowledge of PP's horsenalities helped you to be a better leader in your relationship with your horse! :), plus will enable you to help other horsenalities.
     
    02-19-2011, 03:20 PM
  #20
Weanling
Horsenality is not a way for people to build an excuse for their ineffectiveness. On the contrary, it is a way to identify behaviours from which to build a strategy to then become more effective. Yes there is also a component of personality which can sometimes be a mismatch for the horsenality.

Like usual knowledge is only going to help things not hinder just as it was the case when the public school system was introduced.
     

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