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    01-03-2012, 01:47 PM
You ride in the way of the Parelli!

But nah, it is fun to see horses react to the carrot stick 'commands' though
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    01-03-2012, 02:00 PM
Sometimes yeah! The first time I tried to send my horse out on a circle, she did this sort of sideways cantering thing! But now I don't even need to use my carrot stick! And they are Phases, not "commands"
    01-03-2012, 02:03 PM
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I'd say "I ride my horse" because realistically, Parelli or any other trainer isn't a style of riding, it's method of training a horse.

I personally wouldn't attempt to pigeonhole how I train my horse because I have worked with several trainers and any ideas/suggestions they have that I deem to be sane and reasonable, I'll try. I don't believe that a program with steps A, B, C, D to follow when training a horse will work with all horses. Each horse has a different personality and attitude and if a particular training method isn't working, it's time to find a new one instead of annoying/irritating the horse by repeating the same thing over and over.
    01-03-2012, 02:16 PM
Ifeel the same way, in parelli, we use horsenalities. For each one there are different things to do with them. There is no such thing as a normal horse or a problem horse which is why we train them differently. There are four main categories; dominant, lazy, food orientated (left brain introvert), playful, forward going, excitable (left brain extrovert), shy, prestends not to be there if scared(right braing introvert) bolts if scared, spooky (right brain extrovert) basically there is introvert (if had choice wouldnt move much) extrovert (always moving) right brain (scared, shy) left brain (dominant, less scared. For each of these horsenalities, we train them differently. But I don't follow everthing pat parelli says, I use the way he thinks about how horses are treated. All it is to me is an outline of what I should be doing and I build on it myself and do what works for me but in that style
    01-03-2012, 02:52 PM
The Parelli system, if done well, should make the carrot stick almost unnecessary, shouldn't it? I mean the idea is to get to the softes cue possible, which would be plain, old body language, minus any "aid".

If you watch Pat himself work with horses, he is very good. And I am sure that , again, done correctly, the system is really great.

I have seen horse that end up being rather dull and mechanical in their interactions to the handler because they have learned the "games" and go throught the motions without being fully there , upstairs, you know.
    01-03-2012, 03:54 PM
I've done a little bit with mine, if I hadn't done it when I got my horse in May, I probably wouldn't still have her now. She was bargy and had no respect for me at all! I've only played the seven games, I ride the classical dressage way, but I think parelli on the grounds amazing, and watching linda and pat ride is so cool! It was a total lifesaver for me, I now have a safe, sane, respectful horse.
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    01-03-2012, 04:01 PM
I went to a Parelli clinic as I was fascinated by what they were able to do with the horse. But, from what I see on RFDTV for the Clinton Anderson, It's pretty much the same thing. Same techniques, same tools, same products. I take some of their tips, but I'm not a "follower" I like to use a lot of different trainers techniques and make my own for what works for my horse.
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    01-03-2012, 04:06 PM
I've seen what it can do to a completely uncontrollable horse firsthand, and I am soon going to use it on my horse. Pat Parelli himself annoys me cause of all his annoying little sayings all using the same letter and how he talks soooo much, but some of the stuff he says does make sense, it is just mostly common sense though. However, it does work, and I support it. Although I don't support how he never wears a hard hat/helmet or anyone he teaches, as you can never be 100% sure the horse isn;t going to trip or spook. And also I think the whole Parelli thing now is quite money-orientated :/
    01-03-2012, 04:07 PM
The idea of parelli is to get a horse working for you as a partner, not prey or to dominate you. It uses a horses natural instincts to make it 'natural'. So if you use it correctly, a horse will be happy to do these things like they would do for their herd leader.
    01-03-2012, 04:11 PM
Claporte, I agree, parelli has become a money making scheme, pat parelli is a very good horseman but there is no need to buy dvd's a stuff! There is also no point trying to pass parelli levels, they don't do anything, I havent entered or passed my level one or two and I still do level 3 stuff, it doesnt limit you in anyway, and you have to pay to enter, and if you don't pass, you have to pay again!

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