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SarahRicoh 06-23-2010 04:11 PM

Parelli/Natural horsemanship
Hello all,

Im looking for some help please!!
I am really interested in natural horsemanship and I have bought an unbacked horse recently. I started my first pony and used traditional methods but never forced, I just did the traditional, bridle on, saddle on, lungeing etc... I would love to start this horse using Parelli/Natural horsemanship ways as I am following the natural lifestyle for my new horse (i.e unshod/unrugged) but I just dont know where to start.

Can anyone recommend the best book that has info. on join up and starting young horses and also, does anyone know a cheap way of getting the Parelli Level 1 set as I'd love to do it but I just dont have the money to buy the set and I cant buy the old one as I dont have a video player.

Any other info would be good about anything natural and any good sites please :)
Iv been looking on youtube at people doing natural horsemanship,join up etc but its not the same...


Spirithorse 06-23-2010 05:09 PM

You can get Pat's old book, simply titled Parelli Natural Horse*Man*Ship. It's a good reference. You can try Ebay for the Level 1 pack.

SarahRicoh 06-24-2010 04:04 AM

OKay... Tried Ebay but cant find any at the moment. Thanks

cjdarlington 06-24-2010 09:23 AM

Have you tried GiddyupFlix? Someone on this board recommended it, and I'm so thankful they did. It's like Netflix for horse people. Tons and tons of training dvds. Looks like they have Parelli on there.

SarahRicoh 06-24-2010 09:47 AM

Thanks very much :) Im looking right now x

SarahRicoh 06-24-2010 09:51 AM

Im in England and Im not sure if they'd send to over here. :(

Spirithorse 06-24-2010 11:04 AM

Maybe you can do a search for Parelli Instructors in your area :) That would be a good source to have.

SarahRicoh 06-24-2010 11:47 AM

I cant afford to pay for the clinics or instruction etc so thats a no go...

Clair 06-24-2010 01:32 PM

Many times you can find parelli/NH people that aren't neccessarily "starred" or certified or whatever.

That sounds "unprofessional" i guess, but there are a lot of really great people out there in any discipline that have been pursuing horsemanship for decades, and are just as good as "certified trainers." They may become your lifelong friends! And they don't charge nearly as much.

(my NH teacher is also a high school teacher, a single mom of three, and she's in Tyler, Texas right now for the National Drill Championships with our local, non-brand NH stable, Unbridled Spirit) Sorry I'm very very proud of them! :)
But the point is, she's not certified or on any NH-only sites.
However, she's 40 and been riding since she was a teenager! (First English, and now 8 years of NH) So she's a GREAT teacher.

I'd advise you to check out stables in your area for NH trainers that advertise there! Many non-brand offshoots have started all over my area, despite the grumblings of marketing I see on this forum!

Of course, be CAREFUL. If you don't like them, get bad vibes, or don't like their methods, you CAN get out of it. (Don't agree to anything long-term)

There are some oddball trainers out there, in any discipline! Keep your safety and your horse's firmly in mind. You may even find a NH-themed stable that you could take lessons at whenever you saved up enough.

I always love to see people interested in NH. I have found it pretty darn cool (I used to ride amateur amateur amatuer western, and I liked it), but I've read several books, and watched several youtube videos too!
But it's just not the same as having a wise mentor by your side. Because every horse is different.

I hope this helps, and if you have anymore specific NH questions please feel free to privately message and I'll do my best to answer them.

Spirithorse 06-24-2010 11:57 PM

Not to attend clinics, but to ask questions through e-mail and pick their brains basically. That is a VERY smart thing to do, I'll tell you from experience! lol

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