Pat Parelli of Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaches Chance, a difficult horse owned by dressage Olympian Bent Jensen, to load in a trailer (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Wellington, FL (May 2, 2016) – “He’s a completely different horse now,” said dressage Olympian Bent Jensen of his horse, Chance, after an encounter with Pat and Linda Parelli of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
It was an all-too-typical equestrian scenario. You point your horse toward the trailer, and all forward momentum ceases. Recently, Danish Olympian Bent Jensen, currently based out of Wellington, Florida, decided he would face that struggle for the very last time with his horse Chance. So Jensen decided to take a chance by calling in the experts – Parelli Natural Horsemanship. As it turned out, this was a chance worth taking.
“He had gotten more and more difficult to load. The last time I took him somewhere, it took us an hour and a half to load him,” Jensen explained. “We had to sedate him to get him on the trailer, and going home it was the same. I didn’t think it was the right thing to do for the horse. He’s not a mean horse; he was just confused and scared. It turns out he was claustrophobic.”
After a few short hours with Pat and Linda Parelli, the creators of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, that same horse was walking into the trailer with confidence and ease. Jensen wasn’t sure he could believe it at first, but he was definitely happy to see the result – and, perhaps more importantly, to understand what was happening.
“It made a difference for me because now I understand it and can help my horse myself,” he said.
To achieve the type of results that the Parellis achieved with Chance, the Parellis focus on first understanding the horse, both physically and mentally. By carefully gaining insight into what they call the horse’s “horsenality,” they can diagnose a horse’s problem and teach the horse to develop trust with his rider and motivate the horse to learn new behaviors to overcome this problem.
One of the most important elements of Parelli Natural Horsemanship is the program’s dedication to teaching riders like Jensen. It’s the program’s mission to raise the level of horsemanship worldwide to benefit the equestrian community at large and ensure riders and trainers are taking the necessary steps to truly understanding their equine partners. Everyone, from successful Olympians like Jensen to young beginner riders, can find clearer communication with their horses through Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Now that Jensen has been exposed to this methodology of training, he says, “I think it’s very important to know and understand horses in this way. Parelli worked for Chance and me, and I definitely encourage other riders to look into this.”
Other riders looking for assistance with any kind of behavioral challenges with their horses can visit www.ParelliSavvyClub.com, where equestrians can find a one-stop shop for training resources, from articles to action plans to videos.
Jensen also encourages riders to make an in-person visit with Pat and Linda Parelli. “You can learn a lot from reading,” he said, “but it was amazing what they could do when they were there and explaining things in person.”
To learn more about Parelli Natural Horsemanship and how it can help you overcome issues with your equine partner, visit www.parelli.com.
Johnny Robb – JRPR