Parelli Professional’s Promise
RELATIONSHIP FIRST I promise to put my relationship with you, my student, first. Rather than perfecting the task, we will care more about confidence, trust, motivation and willingness… as true horseman do.
FOUR SAVVYS I promise to help you become well-rounded in your savvy both on the ground and riding; to prepare you for success at every level to read your horse, understand his Horsenality and develop your savvy skills On Line, at Liberty, in FreeStyle and Finesse.
NEVER ENDING SELF-IMPROVEMENT I promise to inspire and support your quest for never-ending self-improvement. The Parelli Program will guide you to success and help you measure your progress every step of the way.
Keys to Success:
10 Qualities of a Horseman:
Heart & Desire
Horsemanship is natural
Don't make or teach assumptions
Communication is two or more individuals sharing and understanding an idea
Horses and humans have mutual responsibilities
The attitude of justice is effective
Body language is the universal language
Principles, purpose, and time are the tools of teaching
For the Human:
Don't act like a predator
Have an independent seat
Think like a horse
Use the natural power of focus
For the Horse:
Don't act like a prey animal
Look where you're going
The Three Laws of Parelli:
Put the relationship first
Foundation before specialization
Make a commitment to never ending self improvement
Four Relationship Killers:
Direct Line Thinking
The Three "R's":
Things to Know:
Three systems of a horse: Respect, Impulsion, Flexion
Four stages of learning: Teaching, Controlling, Reinforcing, Refining
Levels of competence: Unconsciously incompetent, Consciously incompetent, Consciously competent, Unconsciously competent
Thirteen Things to be Done with Excellence:
Picking up all 4 feet
Nine Step Back Up
Soft Feel at Halt
3 Reasons to Play On-Line:
To teach your horse something
To teach yourself something
To prepare for something
5 Step Lead Change Ladder:
Confidence & Relaxation
Counting 5 Strides
6 Steps to Collection:
Schwung / Impulsion
Strategies for Impulsion:
Long horses (tendency for more go than whoa) need circles
Short horses (tendency for more whoa than go) need straight lines
The Correct Order for Impulsion:
What the Different Horsenalities Need:
RBE = Safety, "Focus me"
RBI = Comfort, "Be gentle with me"
LBI = Incentive, "What's in it for me"
LBE = Motivation/Fun, "Play with me"
Beats in a Gait & Weight Distribution:
Walk, 4 beats, 60% of weight on FQ
Trot, 2 beats, 50% of weight on FQ
Canter, 3 beats, 40% of weight on FQ
Gallop, 4 beats, 51 - 70% of weight on FQ
Back Up, 2 beats, 49 - 30% of weight on FQ
Reasons to Shim:
Riders balance point
Consistency vs. Variety:
The ratio of 80% to 20% should be applied to everything you do with your horse
On Line 80% of the time, Liberty 20%
FreeStyle 80% of the time, Finesse 20%
Phases On Line:
Porcupine: Hair, Skin, Muscle, Bone (Think: Fly, Mosquito, Blackbird, Eagle)
Yo-Yo: Finger/Look, Wrist, Forearm, Arm
Circling: Lead, Lift, Swing, Tag (behind Z5)
Going: Smile, Squeeze, Smooch, Spank (the air, then the hair)
Stopping: Quit, Lift, Hold, Bend
Turning: Eyes, Bellybutton, Legs, Rein/Stick
The Parelli Formula:
Rapport, Respect, Impulsion, Flexion
"Develop forwards, fix backwards"
Parelli Formula extra: The Rapport is in his heart, the Respect is in his head, the Impulsion is in his emotions, the Flexion is in his body.
5 Areas of Confidence:
In you as a Leader
In the Herd / Among other Horses
In new Environments
As a Learner
Pat Parelli's 45 P's:
Pat Parelli proudly presents his provocative and progressive programs and the proclamation that prior and proper preparation prevents p-poor performance, particularly if polite and passive persistence is practiced in the proper position. This perspective takes patience from process to product, from principle to purpose. The promise that Pat plans to prove is that practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect and, isn’t it peculiar how these poor prey animals perceive people as predators prior to practicing the Parelli Program.
You should be in charge of the gas and your horse should be in charge of the brakes.
Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time.
Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often.
Release pressure at the slightest try.
Green and green equals black and blue.
Slow and right beats fast and wrong, but fast and right beats everything.
What other people think of me is none of my business.
What I think of me is none of my business. (Linda - when you are being overly self critical)
Horses are natural born skeptics, cowards, claustrophobics, and panic-aholics, by nature and in varying degrees.
A horse can only move 6 ways - up, down, forward, backward, left, right, and sometimes all at once!
Play with the horse that shows up.
A horse is like a computer, it won't always do what you want, but it will always do what you tell it to.
Be as light as possible and as firm as necessary.
Use love, language and leadership in equal doses.
Expect obedience, but be ready to correct, not one more than the other.
Be effective to be understood, be understood to be effective.
Cause the wrong thing to be difficult and allow the right thing to be easy.
Don't make or let, instead use cause and allow. Know the difference.
Walk a mile or a minute in your horse's horseshoes.
Be as gentle as you can but as firm as necessary. When you're firm, don't get mean or mad and when you're gentle, don't act like a sissy.
Don't bribe 'em with carrots, don't hit em with a stick. Find the middle of the road.
Be an extreme middle of the road-ist.
Don't get mad, get even-tempered.
If your horse wants to bolt, there's probably a nut loose in the saddle.
When in horseville, do as horses do.
When he's blinking he's thinking....when he's not, he's hot.
Savvy is knowing where to be, when to be, why to be and what to do when you get there, at any given moment and in any situation with a horse.
You know you do Parelli when you put the relationship with your horse first, you study in four savvies, you’re involved in never-ending self-improvement.
Focus gives you feel. Focus and feel give you timing. Focus, feel and timing give you balance.
Horses are made up of their spirit, innate characteristics and learned behavior.
Parelli Core Values:
Put the Relationship First
whether with your horse, partner, family, co-workers, customers, vendors, or business partners
use open, honest & respectful language (non-violent communication)
Be the Best Me That I Can Be
pursue a positive perspective
be impeccable with your word
don’t take things personally
Get it Done, with a Little Fun
(Create Fun with Individuality)
celebrate individuality – you are free to be yourself
have fun activities outside of work without horses sometimes
Exceed Expectations ‘WOW’ Service
whether you are an instructor or in Parelli Support, aim to deliver more than the student or customer expects, everyone is a customer
Embrace Never Ending Self-Improvement
for us individually, as a team and a family
nurture learning & change
embrace imagination & creativity
create support & promote opportunities for personal & professional growth
Do More With Less
how can we be more efficient & effective
work smarter not harder
how can we best utilize the resources we have
service above self
be an ‘active parent’ and put your family’s needs before that of yourselves
be inclusive not exclusive (not autocratic)
values before our egos
being authentic about helping the world from the ‘spirit’ of humility
Truth, Transparency & Trust
Keep it Natural
it’s a lifestyle choice