Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: Appaloosa
Cashmere, Washington, United States
Posted Aug. 19, 2018
Although I do not personally use a lot of the Parelli methods for my own training and working with horses, I have learned quite a bit and applied it in an equine assisted learning program for youth and families. In training horses, I do think that it can build trust and strengthen your relationship with horses, and also help more anxious horses and people alike better understand their horse so that it can allow for greater safety and effectiveness. It was a great method for teaching people about behavior in both animals and people.
On the flip side, I do think that the program and levels can move very slow and if following the Parelli standards it could take years before you get on your horse to ride. I also sometimes wonder if some of the exercises aren't as black and white as they could be, which makes things move a little slower. I have personally been able to make more progress with my horses using other natural horsemanship methods.
I like to always be open minded and there are several great training exercises from Parelli that I will continue to use, and I'll continue to consult with my Parelli following friends when I get stumped a problem and give that approach a try. Overall not a bad option especially if you want to focus on relationship building with your horse, it's just not always as effective as other strategies.