How can I become more involved in NH, without books or videos?
I'm very interested in learning more about natural horsemanship, specifically the Parelli methods. Yes, his items are very overpriced, but it seems like a good program and it's how my mare was trained (although some of it seems to have left her). However, I'm only in the preteen-teenager range, and there's only so much I can do with it. So I can't spend a whole lot of money on the books, DVDs, and equipment. However, the lady who trained my horse has gone to many clinics and has files of her Parelli books and handouts, which she has generously offered to look through for handouts and study booklets to help me along in NH. She also believes she has Rose's old Parelli rope halter (which I would appreciate most, as her current halter is just a flat nylon one) and will look for that as well. However, until I am able to receive them, I don't have much to work with. I am currently doing the 7 Games with Rosie and we're progressing well, but I'd like to learn more and have an idea of what I'll do with her after we have mastered them. Any websites or videos I can use as a reference, not needing to pay anything?
Do you have access to RFDTV? Parelli and a number of other clinicians/BNTs (NH and otherwise) have weekly tv shows on that channel, if you can weed through the polka programming... :lol: IME, Parelli's is one of the ones that is more infomercial than exposition of useful training technique anymore, but there are nuggets of advice that can be extracted here and there.
Also, check with your local library -- some of them, if they are big enough, have some training books and videos/DVDs to lend out. Never underestimate the power of interlibrary loan, either. If they don't have it at your local branch, your librarian may be able to get a copy for you through another location.
Some horsey magazines offer features with training exercises, concepts, and advice from big-names. Lots of libraries carry subscriptions to bigger magazines like Horse Illustrated or Horse and Rider. I've scored heaps of back-issues at garage sales over the years for a fraction of the newsstand price, and training information really never goes out of date. :wink:
I've heard of a service, similar to the Netflix concept, that carries only horse training DVDs. I think it's called Giddyupflix. Might be worth a look-see, if you can watch enough DVDs a month to make it worth the subscription. I haven't personally ever used it, but maybe someone who has can comment on their experience.
Ebay, Craigslist, and similar places sometimes can be great ways to get used materials for significantly less than new
Don't overestimate the value of a logo -- for all intents and purposes, a rope halter is a rope halter. You can buy one every bit as serviceable as the one Mr. P sells at TSC or your local tack shop for $5-10 US. Same goes for sticks and lead ropes. Or, better yet, learn to make your own -- you can customize your own tack to be the materials that feel best to you and your horse.
Of course, as always, working with a trainer who is getting the kind of results from their horses that you want to get out of yours is the best way to go to make the most progress in the safest way. I understand that trainers are expensive and you're looking for low-cost options, but you never know when you might be able to barter stall-cleaning for lessons.
Good luck! :-)
check to see if any of you local horse club could help some time they have a liberty to share book and video
You can always check out you-tube.
Advertise online that you are looking for cheap Parelli/NH books and videos. People are always emptying their closets ;)
As far as equipment goes, regular rope halters do work, they're just not as nice or supple as the parelli ones and if you go to a local hardware store, they should have some yacht rope you can buy as well as clips to make your own 12 or 22 foot lines. (The yacht rope lines are not a hoax, either. They are really nice to work with!)
When i first started, my "carrot stick" was a 4-foot buggy whip that i got for cheap from a local tack deeler and extended the lash so that it was five feet instead of 2. It's not as ncie as a real one, but i got used to it and it worked really well for me.
you can always join clinton andersons no worries club, you get a ton of videos and info and you get sent journals in the mail.
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