Colorado Center Course FAQs
We are hauling from Northern California to the Parelli Campus: how often should we stop?
Horses that are traveling on a slant load trailer can travel a lot longer than horses in a straight load. Pat’s horses can go somewhere between 8 and 10 hours. When you stop for fuel or lunch, your horse can cock its leg and rest. A horse only sleeps three hours a day, so that might be a good piece of information to keep in mind as you are traveling.
You may want to unload your horse once a day – but it depends how well your horse loads.
What types of courses are there?
Recreational: Education Vacation, 1 week – 4 week courses
Professional Pathway: 4 or 10 weeks
Pat & Linda Courses: VIP & Masterclass, English, Western
Mastery Program: Post Level 4 Graduate Program
The 4 week courses will change your life and will set you up for success! Immersion into the Parelli Program, you will enjoy yourself, strike challenges, gather with people who are on the same journey this and much more is what you will get out of the “Foundation of Horsemanship.” If you are interested in becoming a Professional, this gives us the chance to get to know YOU!
My husband I are arriving a few days earlier and would like to tour the campus before the start of the course. Is that possible?
Sure, you are more than welcome to!
Are we allowed to ride around the Campus on the weekends?
If our success coaches think that you & your horse are not safe outside of an arena, we would advise you not to do that.
Remember, we are surrounded by 1000s of acres of National Forest and just a short trailer ride away, you can ride on trails in the Rocky Mountains.
Should I bring my challenging horse or lease a horse for Foundation of Horsemanship?
During these 4 weeks you will be immersed into Horsemanship, you will be evaluated and so will your horse. We don’t know how confident you are, how experienced, how competent – yet. Our success coaches will help you with that – it’s about the relationship! I really want to help you with YOUR horse!
What preparations and precautions can I take to prepare my body for the high altitude?
Drink plenty of water, squeeze lemon juice into your water, ask your doctor for advise. As a student here on Campus, you will get into the curriculum pretty quick and will be so immersed you won’t even notice the altitude!
Lot’s of students have fallen in love with Pagosa Springs and have purchased second homes here or even moved here full time!
How many courses that you offer will count towards my Professionals Pathway?
All of them! If you can understand how we use love, language & leadership not only with horses, but also amongst us, this really gives us a chance to see if you would be a great candidate for the Parelli Professionals Program and for you to see if this is really something you would want! It is not only about Horsemanship but also about the people. It’s a “we” thing!
As far as I know, nobody gets out of here alive, and I want this program to go on way beyond myself. This is why we have a Professionals Program and the Parelli Campus as an Eagle Nest.
We have had several thousand students come through the Parelli Campus and this is our 20th season! Every time I go visit with students during their course, I thank them for bringing their spirit to our Eagles Nest.
There is so much to do and see around here: The World’s Deepest Hot Springs, the old South West town of Durango, Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Moab Red Rocks, Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon…
There is a special feeling in Pagosa Springs with all its rich history, and in particular at the Parelli Campus. We built this special place for special people – like you!
If you come and spend 4 weeks or more, it will be a special summer, one that you will never forget!
And we have our special Wednesday night campfire and BBQ with Horsemanship displays. We get 200-300 people every week, people from town, students, visitors and we love opening up our home to you!
Can we have drop in visitors?
When is the best time to stop by?
Usually around 10.30am. Stay for lunch at our lodge and visit with your friends, family and horse lovers from all over the world!
Would there ever be a chance and time to bring 2 horses to a course?
Yes, naturally it will cost extra board. Our success coaches will recommend that you don’t switch out horses in the middle of the day, but get up early, stay up late and play with your second horse and apply your learning then! You know, it doesn’t get dark until about 9.30pm at night here in the summer…
What are the accommodations like at the Parelli Campus?
RV sites, cabins, lots of condos, hotels & motels in town, all the way to a 5 Star hotel, the Pagosa Springs Resort! Lots of choices!
Are there Lease Horses available?
Yes, we have Level 3 and Level 4 lease horses available. We will match you up with the perfect lease horse for YOU
What are the different courses that are offered on Campus? What length of courses, are they recreational or professional courses?
There are several different courses, from 1, 2, 4 to 10 week courses.
The 1-4 week courses, or several 1-week courses that you can string together are your perfect education vacation!
The professional courses, are anywhere between 4-10 weeks long.
In addition to that, Linda and I will be doing VIP courses and Masterclasses that will be announced by the end of May 2015! Stay tuned!
Do I need to bring my own equipment or can I buy or lease equipment?
Yes, you can buy and/or lease equipment!
When leasing a Parelli Lease Horse, Pat requests that his personal horses are ridden in Parelli Saddles. If you can’t bring your Parelli Saddle, there are some that are available for lease with your Parelli Lease Horse.
What’s a typical day like at the Parelli Campus?
It is an immersion! There will be theory, there will be detail and there will be campfires!
Classes run from about 9:00am to 5:00pm, with classroom sessions, theory sessions, simulations and hands-on sessions with your horse.
The only way you can learn, is when you are relaxed. So we are going to do everything we can to get you and your horse in a learning frame of mind. We will play games such as the name game to socialize – yes, at first you will feel awkward but pretty soon, the barriers will come down and you will make friends for lifelong friendships! (Some students have even met their future spouses!)