FOCUS gives you FEEL. FOCUS and FEEL give you TIMING. FOCUS, FEEL, and TIMING give you BALANCE.

The Responsibilities

  • For the Human
  • 1. Don't act like a predator
  • 2. Have an independent seat
  • 3. Think like a horse
  • 4. Use the natural power of focus
  • For the Horse
  • 1. Don't act like a prey animal
  • 2. Maintain gait
  • 3. Maintain direction
  • 4. Look where you're going

The Principles

  • 1. Horsemanship is natural
  • 2. Don't make or teach assumptions
  • 3. Communication is two or more individuals sharing and understanding an idea
  • 4. Horses and humans have mutual responsibilities
  • 5. The attitude of justice is effective
  • 6. Body language is the universal language
  • 7. Humans teach horses, horses teach humans
  • 8. Principles, purpose, and time are the tools of teaching

  • Parelli-isms is still 'under construction'

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.
Don't be a dope on the end of a rope.
Slow and right beats fast and wrong.
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 and panic-aholics, in varying degrees.
Lots of horses want divorces because their owners need our courses.
A horse can only move 6 ways-up,down,forward,backward,left, right, and sometimes does all at once!
If you always do what you've always done, then you'll continue to get what you've always got.
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 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.

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 Programs.

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 your'e 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 roadist.
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.