Natural Horsemanship – Overview
Based on respect for and love of horses – and understanding horse nature and psychology – the Parelli program enables anyone at any level to have fun with horses and achieve amazing results…naturally. Parelli horse training avoids using force, fear, harsh bits or mechanical training aids in favor of love, language and leadership or, said another way: relationship, communication and trustworthiness.
The Parelli program allows horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion.
The Basic Principles of Parelli Natural Horsemanship
It’s quite a challenge to try to summarize 28 years of natural horse training knowledge and experience into a single document, but we took a shot at distilling it down to 10 key principles, so here goes:
So there you have it: The Ten Principles (or 17, but why quibble?). Now, a few other things:
Why do we hyphenate horse-man-ship in much of our material? We’re attempting to communicate a concept, plant an idea, convey a message. It’s too easy to gloss over a word you’ve seen a thousand times and assume you know what it means. But horse – man – ship, hmmm, what does it mean when it’s written like that? It means a few things:
The Natural Horsemanship Journey
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. Early on, he realized that horses already had all the skills they needed to thrive and relate with their kind. It was adding the human element that complicated things. Pat discovered that a life-changing human-horse partnership is possible once people begin to “think, feel, act, and play like a horse.” This becomes a lifelong relationship journey.
Horse lovers around the world who follow the Parelli program have found the greatest gift is discovering that Parelli enhances not only their relationship and communication with the horse, but touches every other relationship in their lives.
“It’s more than just about the horse,” reflects Linda Parelli. “It really dips into the personal development side of things. You learn about yourself, you learn about communication, about leadership, about truthfulness, about consequence and responsibility. You learn about love and imagination. The horse becomes the animal that tells you the truth about yourself in all these categories.”
“People realize this is what they’ve been looking for in all their relationships,” adds Pat. “It’s balanced with love, language and leadership in equal doses. The program and their horse give them a living model so they can practice and become fluent in their abilities in all relationships, not just the horse relationships.”
Today, Linda and Pat Parelli routinely travel the world sharing the Parelli program with everyday horse lovers and audiences as elite as Her Majesty the Queen of England. The Parelli RFD television show and our horse events and courses at the Parelli Centers attract huge numbers.
We invite you to join us on the journey to horse savvy the natural horsemanship way and help change the world for horses and horse lovers worldwide. Click here to become a Parelli Member.