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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Western Horseman; Revised edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585747122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585747122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

Pat Parelli, internationally known and respected as a master clinician, has helped thousands of riders on three continents (North America, Australia, and Europe) understand and communicate with their horses through his series of Natural Horse-Man-Ship courses. He has given demonstrations before capacity crowds at the National Finals Rodeo, the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Australian Horse Congress, and Equitana in both Germany and the United States. He has also given bridle less reining and dressage demonstrations at the Olympics and the world championship snaffle bit futurity. He lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

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Customer Reviews

Pat Parelli's Natural Horse-Man-Ship stands out as one of the best.
Stephanie M Deter
Very easy to read, informative but get his DVD's as well - they will help to explain the concepts.
Mrs. Ann Fenton
This book will help you lay the foundation for everything else you want to do with your horse.
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190 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Brammall on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Pat Parelli's work is an excellent reference guide for equine enthusiasts at any stage of riding. While his writing style bears the signs of a real show-man, beyond the self-hype lie important ideas and techniques which have, repeatedly, proven exceedingly beneficial for all types of horse-people. He carefully (albeit often somewhat pompously) describes his programme, which consists first of ground-work and then of exercises to be performed in saddle. His very noble goal is to help humans to develop a subtle, understanding relationship with their equine partners.
Having read (and re-read) Parelli's work countless times in the past few months and having consistently applied his programme when "playing" (Parelli believes that humans should never "work" a horse) with my young Quarter Horse, I have witnessed enormous improvements in my horse's demeanour and, crucially, in the trust he has for me. By establishing dominance over my horse using the sensible, humane tactics Parelli recommends, I have made major progress en route to transforming this horse from a fearful, unridden colt into a willing, dependable, "true blue" mount.
I highly endorse Parelli's work; if his programme is applied with persistence, patience, and an open mind, the possibilities in the horse-human relationship are limitless.
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144 of 152 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book should be a required read for anyone who is interested in caring for horses to the best of their ability and look after their mind, as well as their body, whether they be horse owners, horse workers, equestrians, or just an occasional rider. A book full of 'true knowledge' which teaches what is required to gain 'the knack' or 'gift' with horses.
Parelli, who is very experienced and knowledgable in the theory and practice of horse training, psychology and behaviour, gives us an understanding of how horses think and learn, so that we can learn to be more sympathetic, learning to do things with the horse, not to the horse, so that the horse can become a willing, safe, happy partner and enjoy your company too.
Parelli stresses that since 99% of problems with horses are 'problem people' not 'problem horses' his book is really a people-training book. He has developed a step by step program that is easily followed, that enables anyone with a fair attitude and fee! ling towards the horse to acheive outstanding results with any horse.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2004
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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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie M Deter on September 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a new horse owner, I'm devouring every book on training that I can find. Pat Parelli's Natural Horse-Man-Ship stands out as one of the best.

The key lesson I took away from this book was the importance of learning to think like a horse; without that, you can never really connect with your animal. The book is a good balance between clarifying the underlying concepts and providing enough basic exercises to allow the reader to get started on developing a productive, positive relationship with her horse.

What's often lost in the criticism of Parelli's showmanship and geegaw-hawking is that the success of his program lies in the principles upon which it is based. What it all boils down to is this -- learn to think like a horse, and you'll be far more successful in communicating with your horse. And you'll have a lot more fun.

I do wish there was not such a hard sell on his tools. It's not the tools that magically transform the horses, it's the application of the principles and exercises.

I did find there to be excessive repetition of some concepts if the book is read cover to cover, but if you examine it section by section, it becomes more helpful, since he repeats important ideas when they are relevant instead of expecting you to remember it from previous chapters. I could do without all the alliteration and aphorisms, but at the same time, they are useful memory tools. This isn't meant to be great literature, after all.

Parelli emphasizes the importance of taking the time necessary to work with your horse. I think his clinics and some of the media coverage he gets may overshadow this, by showing problem horses that seem to be transformed into perfectly behaved animals in the course of a day.
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