Originally Posted by sarahver
Soon to be announced, new to the Pat Parelli range: The all new fantastical.... TWITCH. Never seen before, this amazing gadget will not only subdue your unruly horse, if you flip it around, you can use the other end to beat him with it!!! Priced at only 249.95 + postage and handling.
But wait, there's more! Order now and recieve your free LEG RESTRAINT!!!! Demonstrate your unique partnership with your horse by tying a leg to his head, works in two ways - horse stands still to be handled whilst simultaneously lowering his head to be bridled..... AMAZING!!! Never been seen before and only available thanks to the ingenious Pat and Linda Parelli, keep it natural guys.
No no no. . .you've got it all wrong!
According to a Parellite who actually attended the event in the UK and described it on the Horse and Hound forums, PP didn't use a "twitch" on Catwalk - it was a "calmer." Sure, it was a thin string run across the gumline to control the horse. . .but how dare anyone call it a TWITCH?! Don't you know that horse-training equipment magically changes names when in the hands of the Mustachioed One?
You have to remember that Parelli is so above and beyond what we mere mortals can comprehend. . .and we aren't nearly savvy enough to understand his methods because we have not shelled out enough money to buy our way up the levels.
Therefore, it is out of pure ignorance when we, the unenlightened, point out that the products he sells are nothing more than over-priced items with "fluffy" names.
Does Parelli sell a lunge whip? Nooooo. . .because whips are BAD, cruel instruments of torture. . .whips are things used by the non-savvy horse-abusing people. However, when coated in orange paint, sold for $60 and used to "play games" with a horse (IOW, pester the personality out of them), it becomes a Carrot Stick!
And so, a twitch in the hands of a Parelli devotee becomes a Calmer.
Apparently, the majority of the uproar was about Day 1 of the demonstration. Conveniently, the Parelli's video showed less than ten seconds of what witnesses say went on for more than two hours
I find it especially interesting to see the conflicting reports between Parelli's version of the event and the majority of people who witnessed it. Typical of Parelli - they said many people were upset by "what they think they saw." Apparently, a lot of people saw that the emperor has no clothes (again), but many more (PP included) still won't admit he's got NOTHING ON.
The major detail being the fact that a veterinarian examined the stallion after the first evening's demonstration and found a fresh lesion in Catwalk's mouth. As a result, Catwalk was not actually used for further "official" demonstrations at the event.