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Follow a Feel

What if your horse’s response was so light that you could lead him by the hair of his chin?  Teaching a horse to follow a feel at the slightest touch is not only impressive, it’s safe. Start with your...
Spent 10 minutes matching and mirroring your horse. Stand in your horse’s Zone 3 (about where your leg would be if you were riding). Put your hand on his withers, staying close to the shoulder, and move when, where...
Print out several copies of the Parelli Horsenalities chart, but take some time to observe your horse before you write anything. Next, spend 10 minutes filling out one of the charts, carefully considering each aspect of it. Determine how...
Does your fear of falling off prevent you from getting on? Pat Parelli says, “Prior and Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”  Using that concept, take 10 minutes to practice an emergency dismount. Pat also says to “separate, isolate and...

Build Confidence

Does your horse spook when you or anyone else moves quickly around him? You can build his confidence by working with him for 10 minutes a day. Put a halter on your horse with a 12-foot leadline and practice...

Build Leadership

Are you nervous that when you lead your horse he’s going to pull, step on you or even nip at you?  Does your horse run you over or walk past you when you stop?  Build your leadership every time...
Parelli Natural Horsemanship: Approach and Retreat Learn this method to keep your horse feeling confident. Read more >> Parelli Natural Horsemanship: The Seven Games What are the seven games? Pat Parelli explains. Read more >> Parelli Natural Horsemanship: Video Demo of the Friendly...
If you don’t think you have time to try Parelli techniques, or if you think all that groundwork takes too much time, here is a no-excuses approach. Each tip requires a maximum of 10 minutes a day. Even if...
Teach your horse to pick up and hold his own feet: How do you pick up your horse’s feet?  Do you pinch the tendon at the fetlock to get him to wince just enough for you to grab his...
I think we can all agree that a good scratch is worth its weight in gold. Notice if your horse tightens his tail and muscles against your touch – can you get him to relax and let you move...
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