Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
I don't really mind his methods/ideas although his wife explains things better lol.
The basic principals make sense, though I understand how someone would have troubles working with a horse who's been trained the "Parelli" way (most ppl who talk of Parelli training are refering to Natural Horsemanship as a whole, not just the man himself).
In my opinion, if you're going to train a horse this way you should plan on keeping it as most people won't know how to work with a horse who's been taught the "natural" way and will have troubles.
I've watched some videos & read one of the books, but I don't do everything step-by-step. I take some of the ideas/principals & apply them where I see fit when working with a horse. And EVERY horse is different.
His way of working the brain not the body makes total sense though I don't think it's at all necessary to learn all the games on the ground before getting in the saddle.
My friend is working with her Arab in the natural way. Her dad's more of the old-style cowboy/trainer & so she always did the normal stuff (catch the horse, throw a saddle on, maybe longe them in circles until they've calmed down a bit, ride & deal with the issues as they come up).
This particular horse, however didn't respond very well to this way of handling. He was 9 when she broke him, extremely sensitive, cinchy & he would spin in circles when she tried to mount. Though he never offered to buck, he was always tense & coiled like a spring.
She started working with him on the ground using some of the Parelli methods & he's a completely different horse now.
Again, we use him or any other Natural Horseperson's training style as a guide, not a rule. You don't have to do everything by the book.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com
Last edited by lilruffian; 01-29-2011 at 01:24 PM.