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Horse Training : What's in Your Arena ?

 
wayne stephen
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Here is Pat Parelli demonstrating his "Passive and Persistent" method :



We have been working very successfully with a difficult , young , and dominant Quarter horse mare for two years with Parellis method and she is becoming very responsive . We have also begun a turn around of a high strung Arabian with some bad habits and that also is going well . This method of developing a relationship with your horse is much safer than other more heavy handed approaches but takes much longer . Other methods such as Clinton Andersons approach still teach the human partner to communicate like a horse but stress the "dominant horse" position more than Parellis . WE have found the heavier handed approaches get a more heavy footed backlash from the horse and should not be used by beginners . Parellis approach allows time for the human to learn what a horse is capable of and to avoid learning how hard and fast a horse can kick . How about all of you ? Any thoughts and experiences with natural horsemanship ?
 
Laura Stinson
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I've also had excellent results with Parelli -- seems like the best program for dominant/high energy horses particularly in combination with newer riders/owners.

I have a little Arabian gelding who is 10 now. We're slowly recovering from the classic mistake: green (untrained/unexperienced) horse + green (untrained/unexperienced) rider/handler combo. If you're considering horses --- don't do this! LOL I thought I'd be fine since I had a trainer at hand but ultimately wound up firing the trainer and switching to Parelli's program before I started to really have fun and get anywhere with him. Though, from a permaculture perspective, he's not very multi-functional since he'll never do much more practical than produce poop and amuse me! =)
 
Ferne Reid
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We love Parelli!

I especially like their concept of Horsenality, because all horses are NOT the same. We have been able to tailor our training to each individual horse and have had great results.

Now off to play with my stubborn LBI mare! :
 
Ron Sill
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I've been a student of Pat's for over 20 years. My horses understand the approach and respond well. Buck Brannaman is another horseman worth a look.
 
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