Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
My answer isn't going to bash Parelli, as is today's fashion in some circles. The best I can say is they don't preach abuse.
I'm sure that you could teach your horse this game, given enough time. IMHO, I prefer to establish leadership like the head stallion, head gelding or head broodmare does. If you watch leadership in a herd, the leader tries to signal to get (as CA says) the other horse(s) to move their feet withOUT making contact, at least the first time. A kick may follow, but when the herd settles the leader postures and the others obey, without physical contact.
I think I've seen this type of training most often with Dennis Reis. He plants his feet and subtly cues, expecting just one foot to move the first time, therefore the horse becomes the follower instead of leader, relinquishing dominance. I prefer this bc a finished horse with good MANNERS will obey you right away and remain relaxed. If I have to always put my hands on my horses or my dogs to get them to listen it gets...OLD.
It's JUST my opinions, so take them with a grain of salt, if you wish. =D