What is Parelli Natural Horsemanship?
Success with horses, step by step
The American rider Pat Parelli founded his training programme in 1981, calling it “Parelli Natural Horsemanship”. Since then, he and his wife Linda Parelli have made Parelli Natural Horsemanship into one of the leading training programmes for horses and riders. The primary focus of Parelli is on training humans to better understand the behaviour of their horses.
"Parelli allows every
horse lover to achieve excellent
results with horses!"
- Pat Parelli -
Parelli Natural Horsemanship is not a distinct riding style.
Parelli is an educational programme for humans and horses that is based on mutual communication, respect, and trust.
Like humans, horses have quite distinctive personalities.
Some horses are naturally extroverted, others are naturally introverted.
Some are confident, whilst others have a more delicate disposition and need a completely different strategy in order to feel secure.
The Parelli Programme takes into account the different needs of different equine personalities.
Learn more on this subject here: "Horsenality – Reading Horses".
Ultimately, it doesn't matter whether you ride English or Western, nor whether you have pro ambitions or simply want to spent leisure time with your horse. Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaches you how to better understand a horse's natural behaviour and use this knowledge to establish open communication with your horse in your daily work. This is something you can build on and achieve results with your horse that you could only dream of before.
What does horse-man-ship mean?
Horse-man-ship is easy to explain: The horse (horse) and the human (man) undertake something together or go somewhere together (ship). Generally speaking, there are three types of horsemanship:
You wouldn't think that chemical or mechanical horsemanship would be important parts of our dealings with horses. But if you look more closely, you'll quickly find examples. Here's one: sedating a horse before it is shod or loaded into a trailer. That's an example of chemical horsemanship. There are also easy examples on hand for mechanical horsemanship: all types of rein aids all into this category.
The Parelli Programme is dedicated to the concept of natural horsemanship. By "natural", we mean a natural approach to the horse. This means that the human engages with the horse and undertakes to see things from the perspective of a prey animal in order to better understand natural equine behaviours.