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Some of you may know that I am really interested by natural horsemanship, however, I have always been unconvinced by Parelli. I’m not sure why, I think it is a mixture of the bad publicity they have had and some of the people I know who practice it seem to use it as an excuse to not train/discipline their horses.
I have never used Parelli for these reasons and the fact that I am unsure if it would have any benefits for me and Scottie. I find that most people who use Parelli have a ‘problem’ with their horse they want to improve. But I can’t really think of anything that could be improved by Parelli. However, saying that, if we had a stronger/different relationship, we might have less stops at new types of jump.
I have therefore decided to have a bit of an experiment. I will be going through different Parelli ideas and techniques and choosing the ones I would like to try with Scottie. I will keep you updated on our progress, results and my thoughts on it all.
Here is my initial list of things to try:
~ Scottie’s Horsenality
I will complete a parelli horsenality chart for Scottie once a week for 4 weeks and then take an over all one for the month to determine his horsenality. This will help me determine the best way to approach training and work with Scottie.
~ Matching and Mirroring
This is where you spend 10 or less minutes with your horse, prefrabley in the field where they can move freely. You stand just behind their shoulder with a hand on their withers and you copy what they do. Look where they look, walk with them where they go.
~ Think and Tell
What ever I do with Scottie I will try and think and tell him what is going to happen before it does. This could be telling him we are going to a show the day before, or really thinking about an aid before I give it while riding.
~ 10 minute scratch
This is where you give the horse a good fuss, without then expecting him to work. So it could be going over to them in the field while poopicking, or before feeding.
I will try and do a parelli post at least once every two weeks with any updates.
If you practice Parelli, are there any exercises you would suggest trying?