Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
You can only mess up the horse if you don't know what you are doing or don't understand what the methods are about or how they work.
I would reccommend it. As far as i've heard, people's reasons for disliking Parelli never seem to have anything to do with his methods, usually with the man himself and these are usually people who have not actually studied any of the DVDs.
I've been working with my horses for over a year now using his methods and we are doing great. My old mare for example has improved drastically in her attitude towards people and her work. She's alot more willing, patient and sensitive to my body language. Nolonger pushy either and I didnt have to accomplish any of this by manhandling or causing her any degree of pain.
We nolonger even have to ride with a bit anymore.
The same can be said for the other horses i've worked with as well as my friend, who also practices this form of training. She started her 3-yr-old this winter through Parelli as well as taken over her sister's horse and improved his flighty, dominant, unpredictable behaviors within a few days.
The key point us understanding it and treating horses like horses, NOT humans because they are not humans. One area where alot of people mess up and end up with poor results is knowing when to add pressure, how much and when to take it away. You cannot be a passive person, nor can you be aggressive. You have to strive to be assertive and patient and take every little bit your horse gives you.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com