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    01-12-2011, 04:14 PM
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YOu seem like a really social person, so whatever way you take, I think you find more fulfillment out of being part of a real life social bond. Whether it's part of a barn that does Parelli together (I have friends that do this and they really love working togehter and support each other) Or, having a trainer come to your place and work with you.

Natural horsemanship is built on developing feel and timing, and without someone to show you personally, it is really hard to find it. Watching a video you cannot find the place where the trainer decided to change the angle of their feet, or apply more or less pressure or notice that an ear is on them; all the finer points of round pen work. From personal experience, what seperates the good trainers from the poorer is this highly refined, I mean exquisitely refined, sensitivity to feel and timing. Cannot be learned from books.
Anyway, you would have so much fun SHARING yours and Georges journey with a one on one person (and us too!)
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    01-12-2011, 06:39 PM
It is worth the money. If you are brand new to the program it's a great way to get started! You have access to so much information. Parelli is amazing, I've been a dedicated student for years and am currently at their ranch in Florida, it's so incredible!
    01-12-2011, 09:26 PM
Thanks for all the replies! I'm glad I posted this, I don't really have any $$ to spend right now anyway, I was kind of looking into for future reference.

Thanks for all the input!
    01-14-2011, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JulieinPA    
Thanks for all the replies! I'm glad I posted this, I don't really have any $$ to spend right now anyway, I was kind of looking into for future reference.

Thanks for all the input!

I have been poking around and looking at Parelli, Anderson, and I really like the way Chris Irwin handles things best so far. And his videos are free on and

Just a thought for a tight budget, like mine. :)
    01-14-2011, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Get a trainer to help you, watch lots of different NH type trainers as mentioned above, and take and use what works for you. Noone (even PP, lol) has all the answers. (I just don't think he knows that yet....hehe)

**The real test will be Road to the horse next month!**
I am going to RTTH! Can't wait, either!

OP, who you decide to spend your money on is up to you, but don't buy into any trainer because he advertises for "developing that fairy tale bond"...Look for the ones who gain and build the horse/handler relationship via respect. A good working relationship is going to come from respect, not cookies and smoochy talk
    01-14-2011, 08:06 PM
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What is the ROad to the Horse RTTH ? Please explain.
    01-14-2011, 08:18 PM
Tiny-I will explain briefly so as not to steal the is basically a contest, this year it will be between Chris Cox, PP and Clinton Anderson. They each choose a young gelding, all raised by the same ranch, same bloodlines, basically. They have 3 days to start the colt. At the end, a winner is announced, as to who did the best job. Fun-and I think this is the first year it will be 3 days....used to be 2. Contestants change every year, some are repeats, but with different competition. If you google it, you may like to read more.
    01-15-2011, 12:38 AM
Yep, it's a colt starting competition...the competitors essentially get only 3 one hour blocks to work with their colts...then at the third day they compete with their colts, and have to do a 'general' competition and a 'freestyle' competition, showing off what they think the colt does really well.
    01-17-2011, 12:04 AM
There is a Parelli trainer in my area, and she has worked wonders with my horse. I definitely think it is worth it, and I have gotten very connected with my horse since then. It might really depend on the horse. I have a gelding that was relatively untrained, he does great with it. He enjoys playing so much that to him it hardly seems like work. He loves to go for rides in the trailer if he knows we are going to the trainer's.

Then we have a mare that was already trained, and she, being stubborn as sin, didn't take very well to the training. It confused her to much, and she didn't exactally understand how to be playful, or want to for that matter.

If you have an energetic and intellegent horse, I might suggest it because that is mainly what describes my gelding and he loves Parelli training compaired to the other things we've tried.
    01-17-2011, 12:52 AM
I developed a great bond w/ my OTTB Mare (she was very un-trusting and very much a one person horse when I got her). A friend recommended I chase her away from me in a round pen, until she "surrendered", you can tell it's working when they start to lower their head, will start licking and chewing, and focusing their inside ear on you. Eventually they will halt and come to you. At this point you should pet them or give them a treat and walk away-they should follow you, if they start to spook or act us chase them away from you and start again. We have a very close relationship now, she's very affectionate and trusting. I have not heard good things about parelli.

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