Any other horse owners going through the Parelli Program?
I am currently going through Level 2 with my Appy mare, I have been delayed a couple years with having babies of mine own, lol... But now that they are getting older I am spending more time in the barn and with my horse. I absolutely love the Pats way of handling horses. What level are you on?
I've just finished level one, debating if to go on to level two. The groundwork for level one was good, it gave me a better understanding of her but I don't know if I want or need a horse that does level two. Shes a pony club pony, she already hacks out nice, competes, jumps, basic dressage etc etc. Doing level one was kinda crazy, one day I'd be schooling her in a frame and the next she'd be getting rubbed by a carrot stick. I'm never going to devote my horse time all to parelli things so I don't know if I should try learn some level two. I think I'll start adding in the obstacles and getting a longer rope and seeing where we go.
Hows it going for your horse? Where are you at? Do you only do Parelli or are you mixing it in with other things?
Ive really enjoyed doing level two with my mare, I feel like our relationship has grown so much from it. She actually likes to do things with me now instead of where in level 1 it was just tasks to her. But if your already doing what you want to do then you may not want to do it. I stick with Parelli with her. The way I was taught growing up was to beat your horse into submission and always be its boss, I hated it but didn't know any other way. So when I found this, it completely changed my outlook on horses and Im never going back to where I was. :-) How old are you? Im 27 and have two kids, so trying to find time to get outside with her has been a challenge.
I'm a teenager, getting into the last few years of high school. Spending time with her isn't difficult accept when we get closer to exams, I usually give her the month off for exams. I was pretty much self taught for the first few years of riding, so I never had much bad advice. I guess my real question for parelli level two is "Will it improve her?"
Ok, awesome. Good for you for trying to find the best teaching possible. My personal opinion would be yes, it will improve her. AND you. We can never get to the point where we think we have learned it all. And our relationship with our horses can always improve. I think it will take all the stuff you do together to the next level. :-)
Caution: There are some directives in L2 which are obsolete:
Do NOT sit heavy on your horse to back it: directive corrected by Linda in a savvy club dvd. (Get OFF your horse's back to back it.)
The "BS" rein is no longer abhorred, instead it is standard, & of course its name had to be changed to "Californio" or "steady" rein.
"Never, ever release on a brace" (when horse braces against rider) is to be compared with Linda's subsequent article, "Zero Brace".
"Ride like Charlie Chaplin" (leg relaxed, with toes angled out to the degree that they naturally fall) is to be compared with Colleen Kelly's subsequent directive to have toes (& entire leg, with inside of knee anchored to saddle) forward.
When in doubt, get feedback from the horse. :)
Northen, I totally agree with the seat thing. I noticed how much harder it was for my horse to work and for me to cue while sitting the parelli way. I haven't had much experience with the other things you mentioned.
It sounds like you listen to your horse & change your approach when your horse is telling you you're doing it wrong: excellent!
Also, in case it wasn't clear: when I said that some PNH directives are now obsolete, I meant they're obsolete within the program: enough students asked about the subsequent directives that Linda wrote a Q & A article in Savvy Times answering the questions.
Thanks for this advice.
I was amused that the liberty work is at level 4. When I started my horse it was at liberty, in the pasture and he could leave if he couldn't deal with what I was asking. In time, he became better at staying knowing he could leave. The other day something startled both of us while I was just standing with him. He spooked a couple of strides, stopped then returned.
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