Pat Parelli Abuses Horse "Catwalk" at Festival of the Horse Natural Horsemanship Demo - Page 11 - The Horse Forum
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post #101 of 339 Old 07-14-2010, 02:03 PM
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Like I said, its by Robert Frost. LOL I think in the movie (which sucked) Bella quoted it as well :p

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #102 of 339 Old 07-14-2010, 02:18 PM
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I have been reading this post (between sorting out horses/dog and the powercuts with the current thunderstorm!) and thought I might add my two penneth worth :)
I would not class what happened as abuse, but I would not class it as appropreite to the horses situation (Parelli, at a demonstration or anything else!). It was not what the horse needed at the time.
Then to move on the the fact it was Parelli, it happened at a demonstration trying to show the Parelli methods, focused of the LLL, as explained before. Certainly a case of the wrong thing at the wrong time! Why on earth PP felt it was right to treat the horse like that, in front of a public hoping to see him explaining how natural and kind his methods are, I do not know!

Then on to the offtopicness - it is written at the start of Eclipse, and Bella quotes part of it in the film :) I knew the poem before, from a short story by L.J. Smith (her books Night World have surprising similarity to Twilight, but were written 10 years before), you might like them if you like Twilight :)
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How much trouble do people suppose good 'ol Pat gets in with his lovely wifey, Linda, after doing something like this?

I can just imagine her yelling at him about lost revenue, etc.
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It was not what the horse needed at the time.
I totally agree. Parreli has gotten to the point of fast and quick to get their money... they need to slow down and stop when they get a positive reaction from the horse. Even if that is less then five minutes into working with the horse.

Wasn't that an original goal of theirs before they went all crazy $$$ with their stuff?
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She can't do much yelling, Always. She was there yanking on that rope tied around the horse's foot for all it was worth.

Besides, their brain dead minions have already decided that we, the nonbelievers, just didn't 'understand what we were seeing'.

Never mind that the majority of people who haven't indulged in the kool-aid know exactly what it was that we saw.

So no worries about the Parelli's income. Their cultists, um followers, will continue to throw money at them as usual.
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post #106 of 339 Old 07-14-2010, 02:46 PM
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Yes, but she did not start it.

She just tried to help him fix the mess he made. (I am sure that is how her bleached brain works.)

You used the wrong word Speed. We do not have enough Savvy to understand these advanced techniques.
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Y'know, I didn't used to hate the words 'savvy' or 'natural horsemanship'.

All that has changed, thanks to the Pepperonis.

I get all stabby when I hear or read them now.
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post #108 of 339 Old 07-14-2010, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
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.

"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp
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I am with you on that one, Speed.

I as reading some of the followers comments about how wonderful Pat was and I got so tired of the word savvy by the third or fourth post. Everyone of them uses it multiple times in their comments. Scream.
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
Y'know, I didn't used to hate the words 'savvy' or 'natural horsemanship'.

All that has changed, thanks to the Pepperonis.

I get all stabby when I hear or read them now.
I've started forcing myself to think of Captain Jack Sparrow when I hear the word "Savvy". It helps a bit.

I had a thought at work this morning... Love, Language, and Leadership? Try Quiet Dignity and Grace, Mr. P. *trots off to find Young Frankenstein*

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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