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This just in from Parelli.com…

On February 9, 2010, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) met to discuss the use of the highly controversial technique known as “rollkur.” Parelli was proud to contribute to the global initiative to stop rollkur, and we thank all of you who responded to our call to sign and spread the petitions in opposition of this abusive training method.

We are pleased to announce that 41,000 signatures were collected and presented to the FEI conference! The group reached the consensus that, “any head and neck position achieved through aggressive force is not acceptable.”

Thank you again for your support! Due to the protests of horse-lovers worldwide, the horse world has taken a huge step in the right direction.

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Parelli Celebration: Franklin, Tn

Wow…amazing day today…
I feel inspired to get out there with the horses and play. So much to take in and so many ideas of how to progress with my relationship with my gelding Sirocco. I’ve just started riding him in the arena at the walk. He’s been doing really well but the last time I saddled him he wasn’t ready and I didn’t read it. (him)
Direct line thinking. I went in there to ride my horse. I brought him in the arena, played the games, groomed him and put the saddle on just like I’ve been doing. Well, he didn’t want anything to do with it and ears back, side stepping he let me know. Luckily I hadn’t cinched it up yet. I lifted it off and set it on the rail. Oh there’s a personality standing there and what do you know…he has opinions!
Parelli Natural Horsemanship has shown me the relationship comes first above all else. It isn’t about the riding, it isn’t about getting in the trailer, it’s about him trusting me and “wanting” to be with me.
The Clinic is like fine tuning. I’m learning a lot, getting “fired up” to take it to a new level and making new friends. Horses enrich my life in so many ways.
Cheers to Pat & Linda franklin-parelli-celebration for making the lives of horses better and for making so many of us better for our horses.

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Parelli Tour in Franklin, Tennessee

Dolly in the snow. She is a young quarterhorse mare at Avalon Farms. Her full name is Honcho’s Dolly Dee and is from the Sonny Dee Bar line.

Those who know me know one of my biggest passions is horses. I love riding them, caring for them, feeding them, smelling them, sitting doing nothing around them and just sitting and watching them. For many years everything I did around horses I did because I saw someone else do it. I didn’t know there was a better way… a more natural way. I also didn’t know that most of what people do around horses came from the military.

I found natural horsemanship several years ago and studied several techniques. I used to say “well, I take a little from this one, a little from that one.” I made some progress with my horses but I wanted to be a better trainer, a better rider…I wanted more…I wanted a relationship with my horse but I just didn’t know what that entailed or how to find the knowledge I was looking for. What I was searching for was called Parelli.

Pat & Linda Parelli have created a model for communicating with horses. They have a step by step plan of teaching it that anyone can learn. They are only doing a few tour stops in the U.S. this year and one of them is just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. It is truly amazing to watch and I can’t urge you enough to go see them if you can. If you want to know more listen to Pat talk about what they do and what will be happening at the tour stop

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Keep it savvy!

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Pony for sale

I just got an email on this one. 1/4/08 If you’re interested let me know and I’ll forward your email to the owner. send inquiries to: avalonfarms@hughes.net


I was wondering if you know of anyone who might be interested in this pony.

Tater is a 10 year old 13.2 hand pinto gelding. He is well-rounded and has done a little bit of everything. He is excellent on trails and can be ridden with other horses or alone. He is unfazed by cars, airplanes (my neighbors have a landing strip next to my house), dogs, chickens, etc. and crosses creeks. I have gone trailblazing with him, gone through briar patches, and come out with vines stuck in his tail dragging behind us and he doesn’t seem to mind at all. He is not spooky and has a lot of sense.

Tater is easy to ride and responsive to all the riders aids. He does transitions from walk to canter and canter to halt and everything in-between. He also backs-up, can do turn-on the forehand, turn-on-the haunches, and leg-yields (side-passes). This extra maneuverability makes going between tight squeezes on the trail and opening gates easy. He knows verbal cues for all his transitions. For example he can go from canter to stop by just saying “whoa” without pulling on the reins at all.

Tater has just recently learned to pull a cart. I have driven him down the road and into a subdivision and its been a ton of fun. He figured out how to cross-over to make tight turns and can do 180 degree turn with the cart pivoting almost in place. Tater is a quick learner and eager to please.

Tater has been ridden both English and western. He has jumped cross-rails and small verticals. I have used him as a lesson horse and he has been great. He is smart enough to know if the rider is really riding or just a passenger and has given my students confidence to ride assertively and get a response to whatever they ask for.

I would keep him as a lesson horse, but I am leaving for Portugal (as a working student to train horses) on January 16th and am decreasing my herd.

I believe he would be great for a confident child or small adult who wants to have some fun. $1700 obo.

Please pass the word.


Emilypony for sale

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