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26 June 2009 @ 09:23 pm
All of Parelli's videos and whatnot are overly expensive, so I was wondering if any of you can give me basic games to play with my horse? I look them up on the internet, but most of them are in poor quality.
So, I thought some practical advice from you guys would be great.
Penella22penella22 on June 27th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Personally I don't think trying to take internet advice from people you don't know and then go out and use it on your horse is necessarily a good idea. But if you're interested in Parelli they sell Savvy Club cd's on ebay all the time for $3-5, and you can always buy / find a VCR and buy up the cheap old VHS tapes too. The concepts of Natural horsemanship are pretty much the same on VHS as DVD...

I'm pretty sure there are affordable ways of picking up books, or videos on other NH training methods too.
invalidsyncinvalidsync on October 8th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
"Personally I don't think trying to take internet advice from people you don't know and then go out and use it on your horse is necessarily a good idea."

Lol.. uh, that seems a BIT contradictory to the point of this, and many other LJ communities as well as general websites, equine or not, I think.
I mean, quoting the profile of this community..
"A non-denominational and inclusive horsemanship community for people from all disciplines to seek advice, share ideas, reviews and achievements and discuss what works for us in our relationships with our horses in a mature, supportive and thoughtful environment."

Really, advice, it's the first thing on the list lmao. Generally speaking, people who OWN horses should know to take ALL training advice, from the internet or not, with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, I do know many people lack common sense so this isn't always the case.. but I just personally feel it would be more polite to give the OP the benefit of the doubt that she knows her horse and is going to avoid doing anything obviously stupid. -shrug- She's given no indication she's incapable of reasonable judgment. There's no harm in getting advice/ideas from the internet.
Three Laws Safemeus_ovatio on June 27th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
My boarder gave me a Parelli book with a list price of 21.95... I don't know where she got it, but I was surprised, considering that I always sees training literature for far more. I don't know, maybe like a recent market-shift where the professionals came in with their collij degreeeeees and told horse people to commoditize their knowledge.

I like the idea of "lateral longeing"... put some obstacles in the path of your horsey... only if your horse has his/her balance down pat, of course.
glenatron: Emo Zorroglenatron on June 27th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Well you need to have good turns on the forehand and on the hindquarters and a decent backup before you start going anywhere beyond that. The advantage of having video or a real life teacher is that it's really hard to know if you're getting the basics right and recognising the tries your horse is offering you.

Once you have those you can do some pretty cool stuff where you do leading into a turn on the forehand into backup into a turn on the quarters into leading from the other side and so on.

Rather than making any particular suggestions here, I'll direct you to my past clinic reports - the Silversand ones feature a lot of groundwork and hopefully I've described the exercises fairly well.

To get the basics you would be best to find a good teacher to learn with a few times. It costs no more than most videos and you get a lot more out of real life teaching.