DISCLAIMER - THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A PARELLI BASHING THREAD AND I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT IF WE COULD ATTEMPT TO REFRAIN FROM UNHELPFUL COMMENTARY. THANKS!
I have to say - I'm a bit baffled. My friend at the ranch does it a little bit, and she happens to have a burned copy, so I said what the heck, I'm ALWAYS down for learning new things! And I DID enjoy parts of it, he made some good points and created some new suggestions for things I can work with on my Arab mare for the winter while she's laid up.
But I really and truly feel that he contradicts himself. He's speaking of using a carrot stick because people have a changed demeanor with a whip so it's supposed to re-school the horse to associate carrot stick with good. And yet all I saw was a horse that was increasingly afraid of the stick. He started out quite calm, and the more Pat tapped and whacked and poked with that stick, the more of a nervous wreck the horse seemed to become. I did like some of the things he accomplished, but he's talking about being "partners" when it seems like the horse is running scared from him and his flailing stick. I can do virtually everything he did with that horse with my own horses.
I was a little dis-illusioned I think. I always thought that the things I did with Zierra were different from NH because I was training her to do them. I thought that NH was about moving in a way that made the horse WANT to follow you. I don't feel that at all now - the horse does things the Parelli way because it's been drilled into his head 60 times, the same as any other method!
I definitely took some good things away from it and some interesting new perspectives, but I think I was expecting more for some reason? I just wasn't all that impressed with him flailing a stick around and the horse leaping and jumping and bolting to try and get away from the pressure. How is this ANY different from what most of us do to train our horses?
I'd like to discuss this with both Parelli followers and non-Parelli trainers to gain some insight on what I watched if possible? Thanks!