Ray Hunt Freddie Knie Linda Paterson Jeff & Kat Hobson Johnny Jones Clint Johnson P R E F A C E THERE ARE many books that should be read again and again, and this is one of them.
It’s easier to grasp the principles and goals behind Natural Horse-Man-Ship after the second and even third time you read this book.
Each time you do, you’ll get more out of the words on these pages and understand completely what Pat Parelli is saying.
This book is a blend of concepts and exercises.
The exercises or maneuvers are designed to help you more fully comprehend the concepts and help you communicate effectively with your horse on his level.
The book is divided into three sections: 1/ Natural Horse-Man-Ship—An Oven’iew, 2/ Natural Horse-Man-Ship—On the Ground, arid 3/ Natural Horse-Man-Ship— In the Saddle.
Each section uses the six keys Pat has identified as vital in the development of a Natural Horse-Man— Attitude, Knowledge, Tools, Techniques, Time, and Imagination.
Like the petals of a flower, each key unfolds in the three sections until the heart of Natural Horse-Man-Ship is presented in its entirety. —Kathy Kadash Update: Since this book was first published, Pat Parelli has moved to southwestern Colorado where he has established his International Study Center and a mail-order business for his equipment, videos, and books.
The address for both: P.O.
Box 3729 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Ph. 1-800-642-3335 or 970-731-9400 FAX: 970-731-9722 P H I L O S O P H Y THIS IS not a horse-training book; it’s a people-training book.
Don’t think you have As a matter of fact, it’s so old, it’s new again.”ably got to do is train yourself to be more principled, and therefore, more effective.
What I plan to offer you in the pages of this book is a philosophy I call Natural Horse-Man-Ship.
Natural horsemanship has been around a long time.
It is not something I invented, but it is something I’m excited about.
As a matter of fact, it’s so old, it’s new again.
Over 2,000 years ago, one of the first great riding masters was a man named Xenophon.
He said that communication is the key to horsemanship.
Learning to communicate with your horse is vital if the two of you are to be on the same track as partners.
And helping you to learn to communicate with your horse is going to be a large part of this book.
The first person who sat on a horse didn’t have anybody to use as an example. “Natural horsemanship …
Is not something 1 invented….
Asa matter of fact, it’s so old, it’s new again.” He had to study the horse, the animal’s nature, and how it works.
I don’t know how he did it.
Maybe he found a foal whose mother had been killed, and he raised the young horse.
Somehow, he got the horse’s confidence.
Then, he thought about putting his leg over the horse’s back, and he got this great feeling.
He felt like a horse; he could run faster and jump higher than he could before.
That was the dawn of Natural Horse-Man-Ship. NATURAL HORSE-MAN-SHIPA DEFINITION The dynamics of horsemanship can be obtained naturally through communication, understanding, and psychology.
This is what I hope to share with you.
In contrast is normal horsemanship, which is sometimes obtained through mechanics, fear, and intimidation. Natural Versus Normal I should define what is natural and what is normal.
Natural is what Mother Nature provides for us and allows us to work with.
As far as I’m concerned, a horse is one of Mother Nature’s finest creations.
Normal is what everybody does that everybody else is doing when they have half of a mind to.
The only reason everybody does what everybody else is doing is because everybody else is doing it.
In other words, peer pressure.
But what’s normal changes every 60 miles and every 6 months.
I’ve been all over the world, and I’ve found there’s a line every 60 miles where normality changes.
What everybody does in one location is different than what everybody does north, south, east, or west of them.
So normal not worldwide or universal.
It changes, not only from month to month and season to season, but from location to location.
We go through life being pressured to become normal.
If everybody is doing it, we think it must be right.
One thing that normal does is put a thick shell on our imaginations.
Normal has synonyms like good, common, average, ordinary, usual, conforming, typical, and mediocre.
What we should want to do in Natural Horse-Man-Ship is stay away from normal.
Normality is our adversary.
Some synonyms for natural are native, instinctive, inborn, inherent, and intuitive.
Have you ever seen somebody who is really natural with horses? When they work with horses, they’re not really working with them, they’re playing with them and things seem to happen naturally.
This type of person usually has what is described as knack.
I would like to be able to help people obtain knack through knowledge and skills.
Knowledge is something you can share, and skills are things you can develop.
The object of this book is to help you gain natural knowledge about horses and develop your skills naturally. A progressive person is a person receptive to new concepts and techniques.
This is a person who wants to key into the big picture, not just the details.
I’m a progressive thinker, and that’s what I hope you strive to become.
I’ve learned to isolate, separate, and recombine properly, and I do this with the elements of horsemanship.
For example, I take each ingredient of a maneuver individually and work on it, not the whole maneuver at once.
This is why bending a horse with one rein, as I do in lateral longeing and flexion exercises, drives people crazy.
It doesn’t look at all like the big picture they have in their minds of doing a half-halt.
If a maneuver has six ingredients in it, I try to get really good on one ingredient at a time.
Only later, when I’ve perfected each ingredient, do I put them all together to form the complete maneuver.
That’s what isolate, separate, and recombine means. Horse-Human Relationship If you are to obtain Natural Horse-ManShip through progressive thinking, you must first realize that a horse is not just a horse.
He is an attitude with four feet, and he thinks differently than you and I.
The type of intelligence people have is based on reasoning power.
We use logic to figure out things and to get what we want.
Horses, however, base their thinking patterns on comfort.
Horses want to feel safe and comfortable.
Anything that interferes with that can cause fear and anxiety in horses.
Most people are inadequate when it comes to horses because they think like people.
My goal is to get people to think like horses.
The best way I know to do that is to play with horses on the ground through Traditional and Progressive Thinkers
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