Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Every horse I've ever met that has been "parellied" to any significant level of parelli has either been incredibly badly behaved or has been bored or badgered into submission and all the spark and joy for life has gone from thier eyes. I've never yet seen one that is happy to see you, they have all been listless and dead in the eye. I'm not talking about those that play the occasional game, more those that have had nothing else for a good while and who's owners are indoctrinated.
I personaly and not afraid to give my youngster (or any of my horses) a **** good wollop if I feel they are taking liberties. They still love me, they whinney for me and come to call at the canter. They also give kisses on command and have a wonderful lust for life. They know thier place, are secure in their place and don't take liberties very often but are affectionate and interested at other times.
My youngster pushes his boundaries occassionaly but is firmly brought back into line. He has that incredible curiosity of a young animal, that little spark of mischief in his eyes that says I'm here and happy, you may be boss but I just wonder if you'll let me get away with this? And yes he gives cuddles, kisses and even sloppy kisses (likes to lick my glasses!). He wouldnt dare kick me or bite me, he got a hefty smack on the arse for threatening the day after I got him home and he has never done so again!
In contrast there was one lady on the yard who was very heavily into parelli and natural horsemanship, she had a horse of the same age, similar breeding and tempremant she was forever being kicked and bitten, the horse just ran wild, pulled away from her and generaly arsed around, occassionaly spanround and gave her owner both barrells. She asked me to look after her for one night, the little mare went to give me a solid kick and got a smack for her efforts, she never tried to kick me again, infact I ended up bringing her in from the field regularly because the lady believed the horse was "listening to my natural body language" and behaved better for me. Your **** right she behaved better for me but it isnt natural body language its the fact that she respects me and knows she wont get away with it.
Sorry but parelli is one of thos things I could rant on about for hours!
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT