There are seven keys to success with the Parelli method of natural horse training.
The Seven Keys are:
Attitude is the primary key – the one that leads to everything else. Pat Parelli sums up the keys like this: “Having the right attitude leads you to knowledge. Knowledge leads you to the type of tools you would or wouldn’t use, which leads to the techniques that you would or wouldn’t use. If you have a positive, progressive and natural attitude, you will take the time it takes for yourself and your horse. Einstein said that ‘imagination is even more valuable than knowledge.’ Imagination is the key to being able to the things that natural horsemanship enables you to do. And without the support of mentors, instructors and a community of like-minded learners, progress would be much, much slower.”
1. Attitude - Keep it Positive, Progressive and Natural
How you interpret and react to what happens, and what you perceive as success or failure is dependent on your attitude. You can take it badly, or you can be unaffected by it and instead look forward to a positive outcome. This program will help you learn how to stay cool, calm and collected so you can:
2. Knowledge - It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts.
Most people think expertise with horses, more than anything else, involves only riding. But riding is less than half of what you really need to know. There is so much more to know about horses… how they think, how they learn, what’s important to them, how to communicate with them, how to help them reach their potential. Parelli natural horse training expands your knowledge in four very important areas with horses:
Natural results are accomplished through communication, understanding and psychology rather than through mechanics, fear and intimidation.
3. Tools - No gimmicks, no gadgets. Keep it simple, kind, and effective.
Parelli natural horsemanship founder Pat Parelli recommends the use of only a very few tools, and he is very particular about their quality and function. He designed the tools the program uses because no one else was making equipment for communication. When you have horse savvy, you need very few tools to be effective with horses, and you become more and more particular about the tools you use. The tools we recommend are made only from a certain gauge of smooth, soft yet strong yachting braid; natural leathers and sweet iron metal. They work for people and for horses to improve the quality, effectiveness and sensitivity of communication.
4. Techniques - The techniques that Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaches ensure that all communication with your horse is clear and understandable.
Traditional horse training techniques can be forceful and cruel. Because you are going to learn communication techniques rather than training techniques, everything you do must incorporate the following qualities: the right attitude, focus, feel, timing, and balance. No natural horsemanship techniques use force; instead they allow a horse to think and choose his response. Quality of feel is almost impossible to learn through traditional methods. However, the Parelli method will enable this quality to evolve in you naturally. You will learn when and how to use steady and rhythmic pressure, rhythmic motion, comfort, discomfort, phases, and release.
5. Time - Take the time it takes SO IT TAKES LESS TIME
You have to invest time to improve yourself and your horse. With this program, what took Pat Parelli 20 years to learn will take you just a few because you won’t have to spend time learning lessons the hard way. But it still requires time. How much time do you spend with your horse? Is it always enjoyable and stimulating? Would you enjoy spending more time if it were more interesting and rewarding? Would it help if the time really counted for something? Even after a break, you will discover using this method that you and your horse can pick up where you left off – just like with an old friend. This is because you are creating a relationship based on love, language and respect.
6. Imagination - Learn to become more imaginative, more sensitive and more creative when you play with your horse.
Horses get so easily bored and frustrated by people when it’s just the same thing every time, over and over. They need to be positively stimulated at three different levels: mentally, emotionally and physically. Horses need to play and have fun when they learn. Over the span of the four levels of Parelli Natural Horsemanship training, there are a multitude of tasks laid out to help you take a more imaginative approach to the development of yourself and your horse. Your horse is a form of recreation for you… can you be recreation for your horse? Imagination will make all the difference, and your horse will thank you for it.
7. Support – Study with people who support your growth.
There used to be only six keys for success until Pat Parelli realized that without the support of his mentors, fellow horse lovers and the community of natural horsemanship, he wouldn’t have achieved what he was able to. If you’re interested in succeeding at natural horsemanship, surround yourself with support. Find mentors and instructors who can teach you the natural way. Attend Parelli courses. Become a Parelli Member and take advantage of all it has to offer in terms of support. Learning natural horsemanship isn’t something you do on your own… it’s a life changing journey that is helped and enhanced by a community of support.
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