Originally Posted by kiwigirl
I am a bit different to you Spirithorse, I am where/who I am today because of the character flaws I have had through my life, because of the mistakes I have made and because of the tragedies that have occurred in my life. I don't do drugs, I don't do drink and I don't do religeon, I don't believe that anything external can give me what I need to be a "good" or "better" person. This is my own view point so feel free to disregard - I just believe that if anyone needs something outside of themselves to define them then they can never be truly happy. I don't like to see anyone think that with out "Parelli" they would be nothing.
I do believe that working with horses is an excellent way to build confidence and create a sense of responsibility.
That's probably why so many prison and "brat camp" horsemanship programs have found success. For many of the inmates, it may be one of the first times they've actually been responsible for the caring and well-being of something other than themselves. There may be instructors to telling the inmates what to do, and why, but it's the horses that truly do the teaching.
Same goes for working with horses on any level. Don't sell yourself - or your horse - short when it comes to giving credit for overcoming the obstacles life has thrown at you.