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January 13, 2009

HSUS, Parelli Team Up

Rescued horses gain ally through this natural pairing

Pat Parelli with a horse

The HSUS

by Stacy Segal

Rescued horses across the country have gained a great ally through a special joint venture of The Humane Society of the United States and Parelli Natural Horsemanship. For decades, world-renowned natural horsemanship trainers, Pat and Linda Parelli, have been helping horse owners reach new levels of communication and partnership with their horses through humane and caring training techniques.

Now, they've joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States to spotlight the intelligence and trainability of rescued horses and help them find forever homes.

"Most horses who end up at rescues are not there because they are 'bad' or broken—but because their owners did not have the knowledge or resources to build a successful relationship with them.

The Parelli Natural Horsemanship method of training teaches horsemen and women how to communicate effectively with their horses, setting the stage for a long, successful relationship," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Parellis to celebrate horses and help find adoptive homes for rescued horses across the country."

A Natural Fit

Natural horsemanship is a gentle training technique that uses knowledge about herd dynamics, horse behavior and communication to help people and horses communicate effectively and build trust-based relationships.

Throughout 2009, the Parellis will share their natural horsemanship techniques with thousands of their students and other horse enthusiasts at seven, three-day training and educational "Celebration" events in the United States.

At each of the Celebrations, The HSUS is working with local horse rescue groups to bring an adoptable rescued horse that will work with Pat Parelli for a three-day development program from ground work to riding. At the end of the Celebration, this horse will be available for adoption through the participating horse rescue group.

What is Parelli?

Parelli Natural Horsemanship is a personalized method of training which is based on the development of the horse-human relationship in a manner which is extremely considerate of, and natural to, the horse. Unlike some training methods that emphasize brute force or focus only on riding, the Parelli method emphasizes the importance of building a successful, trusting relationship with your horse—both in and out of the saddle.

Thousands of horse owners in the U.S. and beyond have benefited from the Parellis' engaging and straightforward approach to horse-human interaction.

"Our greatest initiative in the horse industry is to help people have more successful relationships with horses and to not treat them as disposable items. Too many people get out of horses because they get frustrated or afraid, and too many horses suffer as a result… together we can change that, " said Pat Parelli.

To the Rescue

Across the U.S. there are hundreds of horse rescue groups who take in at-risk horses, rehabilitate them and adopt them into loving homes. For many of these horses, if their previous owners had been equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to interact with them effectively, they may not have needed to be rescued at all.

Helping horse rescues operate more effectively and providing information and resources to help horse owners make humane decisions for their horses at all stages of their life are two key components of The Humane Society of the United States equine protection work.

This collaboration with Parelli Natural Horsemanship is built on a common desire to help horse owners have long, successful relationships with their horses and the shared belief that horses should be treated with respect at all stages of their life—not as disposable items to be acquired or discarded on a whim.

HSUS members that wish to attend the Celebrations will receive the same discount as Parelli's own "Savvy Club" members, and Parelli will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from tickets purchased by HSUS members to support our work to protect horses. For more information on attending a Celebration, please visit Parelli Natural Horsemanship.

Stacy Segal is an Equine Protection Specialist for The Humane Society of the United States.

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