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post #1 of 48 Old 08-13-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Parelli clinic for me?

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My barn is doing a Parelli clinic in the fall. They're having someone come in for a day or two, I think. They're going to be teaching those games. My question is, do I want to try this with any of my horses?

Moonshine and my daughter are already doing trick training and I'm not sure she would want to introduce anything new at this point.

Teddy has really good manners, and all of the work I've done with him has been about the two of us figuring each other out and coming to understand each other, on terms that we can both accept. He likes things to stay the same, and I see no reason to introduce something new to him.

Pony is friendly and fun, but likes to challenge. It took a long time to get him to where he (usually) does what I want. He still likes to act up every now and then. I am the leader in our relationship for sure, but he often tests me just to be certain that that's still the case. We've had our ups and downs but are generally in a good place. Still, he could be better.

I will go ahead and put it out there that I feel like some Parelli enthusiasts are a bit... enthusiastic. Which is a bit off-putting. And it does seem like sometimes people use Parelli as sort of a crutch, if that makes sense. I don't want to offend anyone by saying that, but it's how I feel. But I am the sort of person who can find value in just about anything, and there might be some value here for me. Should I register for this with Pony? I guess I'm leaning toward yes, because why not. Right? I'm not planning on embarking on a long course of Parelli training, just participating in this class and seeing how it goes.
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post #2 of 48 Old 08-13-2019, 11:29 AM
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I think if you were interested and the fee was nominal - I'd look into auditing the class instead of attending. I would guess it's only $25 or around that to bring a lawn chair and watch the clinic....

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post #3 of 48 Old 08-13-2019, 12:04 PM
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A 2nd auditing vote. I've done that with quite a few trainers that I was interested in but not sure I would like. Auditing was money well spent. I don't think I would have liked to ride with them (or in this case, play the games).
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post #4 of 48 Old 08-13-2019, 01:06 PM
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Audit. If you like what you see, consider attending with a horse in the future. If you don't, then you aren't out anything but a small fee and some time.

Parelli is one of those trainers that you will either love or hate. I personally wouldn't walk across the street to see him, but others really like him.
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Another vote for auditing.

You may learn a technique that you can use in the future. Or you may learn what not to do and why not.
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Is it a clinic with Linda and Pat, or a clinic with one of their Parelli instructors? I personally like the methods that they use for certain horses, especially when they get into the right-brain/left-brain introvert/extrovert theory. A lot of people may bash this, but the way they can cater their method to a variety of horse personalities (horsenalities) is very handy. I have owned three right-brained (high fear) horses, with one being an introvert (Minnie, though occasionally extroverted) and one being an extrovert (Flicka, Flame). Methods that include a lot of pressure and pushing, i.e. Clinton Anderson and the like, just cause them to explode and you get no where.

I have not personally attended one of their clinics, but my start in horses was underneath a group of older women that followed the method and used it on their horses. One of them was very well versed in the Parelli method, and was far into the liberty work that they do (level 4) and the way she could communicate with her horse was amazing. All of their horses were a pleasure to be around, and they helped me get my previously abused mare (Flame) over a lot of her baggage.

Some Parelli followers don't use the method properly, and their horses are rude, but when you take the right stuff and apply it the right way, it works. I would go and audit, and if you are interested, Parelli has a bunch of online courses and what not.

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Not knocking any of the "training methods" of any hyped trainer...
It took you a long time to build that bond between you and Pony...
I would not be happy to see it evaporate because the pony did not like the handler teaching if not you.

Audit, learn some different technique and apply as needed, when needed and with your tweaking that fits your pony over a period of time would be more beneficial I think to you in the long-run.
Not everything any hyped trainer does works for every animal either...pick and choose for your specific animal.

Don't be so fast to separate $$ from your pocket either.
Many resell their gimmick toys cheaply soon after the fad passes at a great savings to you, or just make them yourself or improvise...

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The bond (or whatever you want to call it) is not going to evaporate. You may love is more than likely not going to be Pat and Linda, but one of their students who payed big bucks to go to the school.

There is never anything wrong with teaching a horse something new or different. They will always enjoy what we enjoy.
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post #9 of 48 Old 08-15-2019, 10:11 AM
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Who is the clinician? I frequently attend clinics that Pete Rodda puts on, he started out as a Parelli instructor but has developed his own spin on things, so it's Parelli but more. I really like him and I'm not a huge Parelli fan. I DO like the 7 games and find them useful, especially for young horses not under saddle yet. So I guess my vote is AUDIT.

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post #10 of 48 Old 08-15-2019, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ACinATX View Post
I'm not planning on embarking on a long course of Parelli training, just participating in this class and seeing how it goes.
My vote is to skip it. If you're not planning to embark on a long course of Parelli, it's pretty useless.
I was in a similar situation a few years ago, and went to the clinic because "games" sounded fun. They're not really games, and quite dissimilar to anything like trick training. Horses don't perceive the "games" as enjoyable at all.

You're just teaching an alternative method of backing, lunging, and moving away from pressure, which is fine, but if your horse already has learned the traditional way of doing those things it is quite pointless.

The idea is that you will form a bond that will help later in riding, but it takes so long to get to anything that relates to riding that many followers never ride and only do ground work. Spending time handling your horse using Parelli methods is no more likely to help make a bond with your horse than just handling your horse in general. Perhaps it encourages some to spend time handling their horse.

Understanding your horse's individual personality is emphasized, and I agree this is important. If you search online for horse personalities, you can find a lot of various information for free on how to evaluate different types of horse personalities.
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