The Inspiring Power of The Parelli Program
Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Hi Horse Lovers Friends,
Today I would like to share this amazing video about Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s, whose goal is to help raise the level of horsemanship worldwide for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.
For more than 30 years, the Parelli Program has helped hundreds of thousands of students and horses around the world. This beautiful video compiles incredible Parelli footage from across the years, illustrating the beauty and grace of the horses and the inspiring power of the Parelli Program.
The Parelli program of natural horsemanship was founded in 1981 by lifelong horseman Pat Parelli. A former rodeo bronc rider, horse trainer and all-around horse lover, Pat created the program based on his keen observation of horse behavior, psychology and communication.
Looking in the website I find this inspiring and helpful page: http://www.parelli.com/articles.html
In the Horsenality column I found this question:
What Do You Mean…My Horse Is My Mirror?
Let’s see what Linda Parelli tell us about this essential topic:
The article is long so I will resume it, but you should go on the page and read it all!
Linda Parelli got a lot of problems with her horses and finally decided to go to Pat Parelli to ask his help. After the first conversation Linda realized that she was causing her horses to run off with her. She was useless at communicating with her horses. She didn’t know enough about horses to correct this, yet she was winning competitions!
So, when she finally confronted with the truth, her lesson in responsibility began.
Lesson Number 1: Look First Into Myself
…”The answer, I found out, was by learning to think like a horse myself. To do this I needed to learn about their psychology, why they do what they do. I had to learn about communicating the way horses communicate: to use body language; to understand that horses are motivated by comfort (not praise)…”
Lesson Number 2: Blame Not the Horse
…”I once learned at a seminar (that was not horsey at all) that if you are not part of the solution, you are probably part of the problem. I finally had to admit that this was true with me and my horses. I could no longer blame my horses. While I was busy taking advice about better bits and martingales, I was missing out on the opportunity to gain knowledge…”
Lesson Number 3: Get A Grip On Myself
“I had to learn how to stay mentally, emotionally, and physically calm no matter what. I had to prove to my horses that I wasn’t going to get tight, mean, or mad with them. I was finally understanding that their so-called misbehaviors were only their defense mechanisms. They only misbehaved because they were scared or confused and frustrated by my inability to understand them, and to effectively communicate what I wanted.
…For this, I am thankful to my horses. They helped me open my mind. They helped me transcend that English-Western barrier. They taught me a lot about myself. Who would have thought that some of my most valuable lessons in self-development would come from my horses? And, I am indebted to the man who led me to the truth, Pat Parelli.
Not that I’ve given up dressage—I haven’t! I’ve just changed my approach. I do it naturally now, using lateral strategies and tasks that develop harmony and refinement so that whatever I ask for is happily granted…flying changes, half passes, screeching halts…all at four ounces or less. And, it’s fun for both me and my horses!
So, if you want to know how well I’m doing, just look at my horses. They’ll tell you. Because they are my mirror. They’ll show you how well I am managing myself these days, and how well I’m doing on my journey to become a Natural Horseman.”
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