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    01-10-2012, 11:20 AM
I don't think PNH is the end all be all of horsemanship, and I think there are a lot of different ways to accomplish the same goal, but I did develop an exceptionally strong bond with my mare that I used PNH with. She was a perfect trail horse before that and didn't "need" extra groundwork, and had it not been for the fact that I was intrigued, I wouldn't have done this with her.

That same bond may have been developed regardless of what gentle methods I used with her, it may have just amounted to time and doing something other than just riding (she was very mechanical before that yet anyone could ride her) or just grooming, etc., but all in all it was a very positive experience for me.

She went from being "yeah okay we'll ride" to "hey! What are we going to do today?". She would literally run up to the gate when I went out to the barn, ready to come out and "play". Part of that as well is that we did group activities and changed up what we worked on and where we did it and I think she found it more interesting than just riding in the few places we'd tend to go.

In my 20 years of horsemanship, I wouldn't have ever dreamed of inviting my friends over to have a group lunging session lol, so bottom line, for me, I think the concept of the games encouraged me to think outside of the box a little.
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    01-10-2012, 11:53 AM
When I first started riding I was taught a method that while effective and kind, wasn't necessarily fun. I then didn't ride much for several years, then I got my first horse. Parelli helped me get back into the saddle again and gain confidence while at the same time learn to have fun. His methods of teaching worked for me at that time.

I now have developed a pretty good foundation with my horse and have been taking in more advice from other trainers, NH or not, including Clinton Anderson. Going back and watching Parelli now, the way he talks and the merchandise and money scheme he promotes annoys the heck out of me, but I still value his opinion. I actually learn a lot more from Linda than him, because I just can't get past his alliteration and double talk.

I think that Parelli has a lot of good lessons, but the whole branding and merchandising gets OLD. I used to keep my horse at an all Parelli barn, and while I liked the people there and we had a lot of fun, they could get rediculous about being only Parelli. I bought a rope halter and lead rope, made exactly like the Parelli kind, off of ebay. It was cheaper and came in purple . They looked at me like I was nuts, "but it isn't Parelli!"
    01-12-2012, 11:50 AM
Originally Posted by HorseyyGal    
Sorry Golden Horse but this seems like you really don't respect your horse at all! Would you like it if someone grabbed you out of your bed & put you to work without having some fun first?
My baby does this to me all of the time. Sometimes a couple times a night. I need to teach him to ask me politely first!
    01-12-2012, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by furbabymum    
My baby does this to me all of the time. Sometimes a couple times a night. I need to teach him to ask me politely first!
-- perhaps you should.
    01-17-2012, 08:44 PM
The BO at the barn I board my guy at is a Parelli nutcase. Everytime I go to the barn and try to work with my horse all I hear is I am "doing it wrong, Parelli does it this way," "If you want a bond with your horse you have to use the Parelli method." Me and my horse have a good bond without The 'stach telling me what to do. In fact if I so much as pat my horse and tell him good boy I get lectured on how I'm scaring him. If he tries to bully me and push me around and I give him a smack I get lectured. My all time favorite was when I was riding she told me "to get Levi to move forward sit up straight, think big and smile with your butt." Yup....I am not a fan.
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    01-17-2012, 09:04 PM

I was told the same thing! Yeah-smile with your butt.....that will do it! Lol
    01-17-2012, 10:11 PM
I literally just sat there on my horse, mouth open like "wha'." I asked how do you smile with your butt? I was mentally picturing rainbows flying out of my butt. Lol. She told me it means to squeeze your bum cheecks together. I was game, I tried. Levi literally looked back at me like "WTF mom?"LOL
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    01-18-2012, 01:51 AM
My thoughts are that it is gimicky, over-priced (though I notice the prices on some of their things on their site have gone down some, down to $66 for non-members for their 22' rope, a while ago it was $80), sometimes dangerous in the wrong hands (namely Linda Parelli's, I will never forget the videos of her that went around).

It might have some value at its core. But I'll never get past the wacky outside.
    01-23-2012, 04:33 AM
First of all I do like parelli.....however it aint really his teachings...if you listen to him he gives a hundred names of where he learnt his technique and tips all he has done is packaged it up and sold it to the world!

I have trained horses for years and my latest horse was not taking to the tradional training..however he really likes the games that parelli does and understand that really well, luckily for me one of my friends bought all the dvds lol. My first horse who I trained hates parelli! Which is fine I won't force it on him he is already a fabulous family horse.

But parelli has packaged this up and I think it is dangerous for inexperienced owners to use who has no understanding of horses behaviours! Someone playing the driving game I saw their horse rear up at them as the horse didn't understand what she wanted and she got frustrated instead of slowing down and breaking it down for the horse, why she doesn't actually understand horses to start with!

But in the right hands the ideas in it are fablous for the right horse and owner!
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