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Tawny133

Parelli University?

Hello,

Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on the Parelli University- and working your way up to become a 5* trainer.
Worth : time? money?
waste: of time? money?
Bad experience?
Good experience?
Overall opinion- having attended or not!

I know some of you might actually have attended it. Please share your stories.
good and bad!

I am asking because I have been considering this for quite a long time now. It is my decision in the end, but I would love to hear others inputs!

Keep it friendly please!
Thanks Everyone!! [/b]
ElaineC

I think there are better ways to spend your money, and if you look at whats out there, you'll find ways to learn as much or more from a variety of different trainers.  Personally I would suggest auditing or riding in some clinics of other NH trainers to get a good feel and comparison, then see if you can spend some time with any of them.  Many ranchers out there are happy to let you spend a couple of weeks working with them, as long as you're willing to help out with the ranch and learn in exchange for bunk space if you seem sensible and wanting to learn.
cokey

Worth time and money?  No
Waste of time and money?  Yes
Not altogether bad experience (made loads of friends etc) but definitely not good experience
Overall opinion?  If you want to get good with horses, go elsewhere.  Parelli university is NOT about getting good with horses.  In fact there's no way it should be called a university.  It's a work program.  If you need to learn how to rake leaves and pick up Spanish moss, go for it!  If you want to learn horse related skills - go to Dave Ellis or Mirka Pitts or.. or... or.. pretty much anyone else.
And yes, I did the externship. I was offered 1* and chose not to take it.
PasoBaby_CarolU

From friends who went through the old Star programs, to Cokey's experience (in the MONEY forum), to what is advertised right now, I would suggest studying Equine Science at good University and then taking clinics with several different NH clinicians, including PNH, to get a 'well rounded' training education.   I think you'd be much more marketable that way.   There are hundreds of current and ex-Parelli Professionals.   Talk to them.  They don't make a lot of money.

Talk to people who went through college in Equine Science and come out to manage big barns, training stables, etc.   A big difference in income level and marketability.

It is probably the same investment of time and money.  Why put all your eggs in one basket?
bit

I thought about it a few years ago.  Honestly, it's expensive and I think there are lots better alternatives available for less money.  If I were much younger, I think I'd consider attending the equine college in Montana.  You can apprentice with the best colt starter in the country for around 2000.00.  I like adding to the tool belt by studying with a lot of different horsemen and coming up with what works for me and the horse.  
Kelsey, (she lives with me) really gets horsemanship and horses, and I think that is essential for whatever direction you go in.  We just had an equine dentist out, and he never uses drugs to sedate the horse.  He can do it this way because he gets horsemanship.  He can read the horse, and do whatever the horse needs to feel safe.  All six horses LOVED him, and although a few were very challenging at first, he was able to woo them into their happy place.  He said that he was told by his instructor that only a very few of his classmates would be practicing equine dentistry in one year.  He said that is exactly what happened, because although they knew HOW to do the procedure, most of them had no clue about horsemanship.  They could not work with any horse, under any situation.  He can, and it was lovely to watch him convince Kelsey's mare that working on her teeth would be a fine idea.  This horse is VERY challenging.  VERY.  I could have watched him all day.  Never lost his temper, had a ton of ways to help the horse, and every horse found the answer they needed in his hands.  It was amazing.
Anywhere you can learn horsemanship, I think is where you need to be.  Brent Graefs young horse handling clinic would be a great place to start.  You might decide to go in a entirely different direction with equines, but that horsemanship foundation is critical with what ever you do.  Does this make sense?  I'd study with as many great horseman as I can, get the best bang for my buck, and keep my possiblitiies open.
Tawny133

WOW thanks for all the input! I appreciate you all taking the time to respond


Funny thing that ALL you mention is going to  school for say > equine science.....well I actually go to school in the UK and study Equine sports therapy, my home is here in the US with my horse. its difficult going back and forth but I love it!
I was just trying to find or start into training  in a more natural approach, i eventually want to have my own farm , train horses/humans and work that way. The parelli university was just set up in a certain structure that was easy to apply and go for, with the "natural" approach i was looking for. on a side note, when i first heard about the parelli university i found it quite funny that they called it a " university"....dont know why ?
From what I am hearing, I am starting to understand that it would be more valuable and worth my time if i  find/ research a natural horseman that i could learn off of one- on -one, say during the summer months on his/her ranch.....  
I am going to look in to this more. Again this is all just a thought process, and i like to hear stories, advice, and tips before i go paying anyone or working for someone. I take it all seriously and want to use my best judgment towards what is going to help me further my career or set me back!
thanks guys!
any more stories or advice please contribute? opinions?    
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jackspark

I have to agree with the wonderful comments that you have received. Never hitch yourself, entirely, to any one wagon because no one has all the answers.  Even  if you go to a university program for equine studies you need to branch out from there.  In Academia if you do your undergrad work at one institution you should go elsewhere for post grad work; it will give you a different slant.
cokey

Tawny133 wrote:
well I actually go to school in the UK and study Equine sports therapy,


Whereabouts?! Writtle? That's not too far from me!  I could tell  you ALL about "Parelli University"!
Tawny133

YESSSSSS! I go to writtle college, I return in about 3 weeks. I live in Pennslyvannia!
WOW small world. I would love to chat more about parelli and other natural trainers......I am actually really looking for internships for summer 2011! preferably with my horse in the US but really anything I get I will take hehe

So nice to find someone nearby my home away from home! hehe you need any help with horses hint hint

Would love to chat sometime!!
thelmanelle

jackspark wrote:
I have to agree with the wonderful comments that you have received. Never hitch yourself, entirely, to any one wagon because no one has all the answers.  Even  if you go to a university program for equine studies you need to branch out from there.  In Academia if you do your undergrad work at one institution you should go elsewhere for post grad work; it will give you a different slant.


I agree never hitch yourself, entirely, to one wagon...that is so appropriate.
cokey

Wow! Tiny world! Get in touch when you're back!
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