Is Parelli worth it?
I hear hot and cold things about Parelli. I have several people at my barn that are more than willing to teach me (one at level 4 and other at 3). But I've heard that it can mess up the horse, pretty badly.
I really liked the bit about improving your relationship with the horse, but some of the other things in Parelli seem to make sense. I'm must being careful before I dive in headfirst. Opinions and experiences with Parelli are much appreciated.
Also, the horse is currently training with traditional methods.
Keep a close eye and a firm hand on your pocketbook. Don't buy into the idea that you need to have all the expensive gear or join any of their clubs.
Don't fall for the 'horsenality' garbage, and if you can stick to just the actual training methods and reject the kook-ade, you'll be fine. Take what you can use, and jettison the rest.
None of the ideas put forth by the Parellis are new or even innovative; they're just packaged with different names and shiny, expensive toys. All of it can be found in regular, traditional training if you look hard enough. They're just not called 'games' by traditional trainers.
You can only mess up the horse if you dont know what you are doing or dont understand what the methods are about or how they work.
I would reccommend it. As far as i've heard, people's reasons for disliking Parelli never seem to have anything to do with his methods, usually with the man himself and these are usually people who have not actually studied any of the DVDs.
I've been working with my horses for over a year now using his methods and we are doing great. My old mare for example has improved drastically in her attitude towards people and her work. She's alot more willing, patient and sensitive to my body language. Nolonger pushy either and i didnt have to accomplish any of this by manhandling or causing her any degree of pain.
We nolonger even have to ride with a bit anymore.
The same can be said for the other horses i've worked with as well as my friend, who also practices this form of training. She started her 3-yr-old this winter through Parelli as well as taken over her sister's horse and improved his flighty, dominant, unpredictable behaviors within a few days.
The key point us understanding it and treating horses like horses, NOT humans because they are not humans. One area where alot of people mess up and end up with poor results is knowing when to add pressure, how much and when to take it away. You cannot be a passive person, nor can you be aggressive. You have to strive to be assertive and patient and take every little bit your horse gives you.
PP is not a trainer I personally think is very good. I think if you look at some of his stuff it has a place but in reality there are a number of other trainers who are better more proven less expensive then PP and you will end up with a better understanding of what you are doing.
If these trainers are someone you wish to work with take a good hard look at the horses they have trained. Ask to ride their horses. If the horse is well trained you shoul have little problem getting the horse to do basic things like walk and trot. You may not get the horse to do more advanced maneubers. If the horse is not well broke and trained and soft and is not one you can ride then think about it. It this someone you want training your and your horse? What if you have to sell the horse. Will the next person be able to ride that horse is they are not a PP person? This is the biggest problem I have found with PP horses. They are not very well trained they tend to be pushy and it is very hard for a non PP person to ride that horse.
Depends on if you actually want to ride your horse vs just playing with it on the ground.
i would get all the info you can from the people at your barn who are knowledgeable about parelli. they sound like good resources !!
Good start, THEN talk to a lot of people who haven't used it, but have used other methods. Nothing wrong with any method, but your original question, "Is it worth it" I still say no, you can achieve the same goals with less cash outlay!
^^ asking people at your barn who are more than willing to teach you is free =]
^^ So is comparing notes with others:wink:
Free is always good
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