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Natural Horse-Man-Ship: Six Keys to a Natural Horse-Human Relationship [Paperback]

Pat Parelli
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Feb. 1 2003
The horse- and rider-training handbook of an internationally renowned master horseman.

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Internationally known and respected as a horseman and clinician, Pat Parelli has helped thousands of riders understand and communicate with their horses through his Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship program. PNH offers riders achievable goals and measurable standards, no matter the discipline - English or western - or the activity - competitive or recreational. Pat's philosophies and concepts are based on a language of trust, leadership and respect, and a special bond between horse and human.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Being a beginner 3 years ago, I bought many books to prepare myself and my new 3 year old for our relationship. I learned alot from the concepts of Lyons and other authors, but they didn't give me enough direction to start actually working with my horse.
I found Parelli's book to be the best help - it started out with more specific exercises and details on how to applied what I'd learned. In one year working with Parelli book techniques a few times a week my horse went from green broke to "too well trained" to be enough of a challenge for me. I have since attended Parelli seminars and bought the "system" to start my new horse. I disagree with the reviewer that said some of Parelli is untrue or unsafe - that some horses cannot be ridden bareback. Parelli has a very detailed system with very specific pre-flight checks that guarentee your horse will be safe before you get on. If the horse is not safe to get on bareback, then he is not really mentally ready to get on with saddle & bridle either! It's all about preparing his mind and starting a relationship - and it does take patience & lots of work (DON'T try to rush it or shortcut). If you are looking for a quick way to make your green broke horse into an old trail horse, this book is not for you. But then again, you probably will get sick of trying to "train" your horse and be like the 80% of new horse owners that quite before the 1st year is up.
In Parelli training with Teri Palmer, I saw some "un-sane" horses with terrible relationships with their owners being ridden by the last day with a lead rope and halter. My new horse was on the other end - terribly confident and walking all over me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This Book Will Change Your Life Forever. Oct. 21 2003
I'm a believer. I tried the others, then found the truth in Pat Parelli's teachings. If you don't know anything about Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship, this book is a good start. His whole home study program and the tools that go with it can be purchased online. Once you get into Parelli, there is no turning back. We came to him because of a horse that adamantly refused to get into a horse trailer. Now the whole family has learned to savvy our horses in ways we never thought possible. This book will explain how humans behave like predators around horses, driving a wedge in their relationship. More importantly, he explains how to overcome that tendency and how to teach yourself new ways of communicating with your horse as a loving partner and leader. Giving you specific techniques and exercises to use, Pat sets you up for success with your horse, no matter how difficult he may be now. I have now seen dozens of people get incredible results from their horses by changing their approach and adopting Pat's methods. My own former spookaholic Arabian now trots after me at liberty and I ride him bridleless - with nothing on his head. This didn't happen overnight - in fact it took a year of dedicated focus, but the results are, frankly, amazing. Try the book, then the program, but be warned: you cannot return to normalcy. And by the way, the horse that wouldn't load now trots happily onto the trailer when we point to it. No kidding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not the best book out there. Aug. 17 2003
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To be "nice" I give this book a "2 star" as it interesting reading. There are now a lot of other books available that I would recommend rather than this book.
This book offers a structured approach that people find comfortable but I would recommend that if you do buy this book also buy Mark Rashid's book, "Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership," and/or Marty Marten's book "Problem Solving, Preventing and Solving Common Horse Problems" and/or "True Horsemanship Through Feel" by Leslie Desmond and Bill Dorrance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile introduction to Parelli-ism and NH Nov. 9 2003
I would hope that every one of Pat Parelli's detractors carefully read this book. I'm not a PP groupie but the more I read this book the more I see how his ideas are mangled and maligned by those who are put off by the razz-a-matazz, or jealous of the celebrity or perhaps have seen a bad example of his pupils.
This book is an introduction. It tries to cover all the principles of Natural Horsemanship (PP style), introduce the Parelli philosophy, give you a couple of exercises to start out with, talk about the gear and discuss PP's life and experiences. Covering such a wide range of topics, it is easy to complain that it covers none in depth - but it was never intended to.
What I particularly like about the book is that, if you are willing to read it (perhaps several times), in its entireity you get a much better picture of what Pat Parelli is really all about. Here is a man with an understanding of the horse as a complex being in its own right - not a big dog or a cow or a surrogate baby or a tractor. He explains equine motivation, and needs and how understanding and working within those boundaries will make your relationship with your horse much more satisfying (for both of you).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointed Nov. 2 2010
I had heard all kinds of people praising Pat Parelli, and it's hard to go anywhere and not hear his name. We run a very small breeding farm and I am always looking for better ways to communicate efficiently and effectively with our horses. All of the methods of horse communication out there require work and consentration on the part of the person, and it is important to choose which style and methods works best for you and the temperments of your horses. Not every style is going to be a good fit. Having read and studied Klaus Hempfling, I must say I much prefer Klaus' approach. There may be some nuggets of wisdom in this Parelli book and I will go on hunting for them. But for me, I will go back and pull out my much dog-eared copy of Dancing With Horses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parelli: a beginner's guide
Good basic guide to Parelli and Natural Horsemanship as conceived by Pat Parelli. It's a bit repetitive and some of the pictures do not clearly depict the intent. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2008 by Susan C. Lorden
5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Parelli is the greatest people teacher!
This book is about getting your horse to become your partener while gaining his trust and respect without fear and developing yourself to become a better horseman (or woman). Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The Horse is the Best Teacher
I do not agree with all Pat's methods. But it is not torture. I strongly recommend that "I would give it zero stars if I could" go out and watch his or her horses for a... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2003 by Ann Krinard
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Horse-Man Knows His Stuff
Pat Parelli gives sound advice on handling horses with a gentle and natural touch. His attitudes about building a life-long relationship with your horse are well spoken, and the... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003 by Ruby Ruth
1.0 out of 5 stars I would have given it Zero stars if I could
Parelli's style has nothing "natural" about it. His methods are archaic and only dressed up in silly new names so that they look like brand new ideas. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best training aid I've bought
This by far is the easiest to read, easiest to apply and best training tool I've ever bought. This book was well worth the money. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by ELENA J COURTEMANCHE
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid guide to achieving measurable goals of skill
Natural Horse*Man*Ship by horse expert Pat Parelli is a solid guide to achieving measurable goals of skill and satisfaction in one's daily interaction with horses, whether as a... Read more
Published on May 22 2003 by Midwest Book Review
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