Bridge to Dressage with Linda Parelli

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Jul 29-Aug 8

One of the most beautiful, gymnastic sports has been under attack in recent years because of unhappy horses, harsh hands and too much force.  Dressage riders love their sport, but the horses often don’t.  This course will show you how to get your horse to love it too, to be more relaxed and enthusiastic.  It will also massively improve your riding structure and skills! 

Two Worlds Together

 

Although admired for the incredible athletic beauty of the horse’s movements, modern dressage is often criticized for the harsh methods sometimes used, and there is a growing demand for a more horse-friendly approach, a return to the classical approach espoused by the masters.

When Linda met Pat, she was training in dressage but struggling with her horse’s behavioral problems. At her first clinic in 1998, Pat taught Linda to understand her horse and use more psychology, and the next 25 years made history as they traveled the world together and founded the natural horsemanship industry.

About ten years ago, Linda returned to study dressage as a student of revered master, Walter Zettl, and more recently with Christoph Hess. Dressage has never been far from her mind, and many theories and philosophies on making the bridge have been intensely discussed since the year 2000 when she met two times Olympian Luis Lucio (who is now Trainers Delegate on the FEI Dressage Committee, and Chef d’quip of the Spanish Dressage Team, and a Parelli Level 4 Graduate!).

Although Linda rides more for her own education and research, she quickly saw the dressage-related gaps in the Finesse part of the Parelli Program. Applying Parelli principles and psychology to the sport of dressage has led to many developments and breakthroughs. Running a course that brings the two worlds together has been Linda’s life-long ambition.

 

10-DAY COURSE

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Jul 29-Aug 8

 

Course Topics Include:

 

Building the bridge from Finesse to dressage

Finesse is the foundation savvy for dressage, but it is not gymnastic training.  

Once you learn the basics of precision, harmony, flexion and body positioning, its time to move into a better understanding of biomechanics and gymnastics.

How to prepare on the ground

In the beginning, you use ground skills to make sure your horse is calm, connected and responsive.  

Now we add suppleness and a whole new way to look at the Seven Games as your key to every dressage movement from basic to advanced.

Learning & developing the moves

Dressage requires bending and straightening, shortening and lengthening, stretching and compressing. Learn the exercises and movements to develop these.

Relaxation, suppleness, confidence

The mental-emotional elements are important, and become critical the more you advance.

Precision

The geometry of the dressage arena is genius.  Learn how to use precision in the dressage arena to improve both you and your horse.

Rider position and balance

A horse can only move as well as you can.  Do in your body what you want your horse to do in its body.

You have to experience the feeling of bending, of collection, of rhythm, in order to convey that to your horse.  It doesn’t work just to tell your horse to do it!  Learn to be your horse’s “Fred Astaire”.

Style & presentation

What makes a horse and rider look good in the arena?  The little things make a big difference.

Equipment

Learn about bits, bridles, saddle fit… what’s legal, what’s not, and what training aids can really help your horse on the ground.

Calming a tense horse

Tension is the enemy of collection.  Learn how to make relaxation your #1 concern and maintain that as you train.

Improving responsiveness

A lazy horse is an unmotivated horse.  An unresponsive horse is a horse that doesn’t know the goal.  Let’s fix it!  How to make sure your horse understands its responsibility as your partner.

How to practice

Practice without drilling, without adding pressure or making it boring.  What to work on, when and why, and how to put the relationship first.

Neutralizing criticism

When you use horse psychology, your training can sometimes look different from the norm – especially when you are playing on the ground!  How to manage your feelings and stay focused on what’s important. 

Common problems to overcome

Examine the problems that can occur as you train and advance – the mental/emotional, the physical.  

How to avoid problems through prior and proper preparation, how to solve behavioral issues if they do come up, including your horse’s memories of bad training experiences – or your own!

Anatomy of a training session

How to structure a successful training session.

Preparing for a show

Grooming, clipping, braiding, cleaning equipment, packing the trailer, making sure your horse loads when you’re stressed!

Dealing with nerves

How do you stay calm and focused?  Its a skill we all need to learn.

Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competitions)

We will simulate a dressage competition, complete with cleaning your horse, braiding the mane, loading your horse, and driving around the block and arriving for the ’show’!  

Simulation is a wonderful way to rehearse what will happen and what might happen.  You’ll learn how to think ahead, to be prepared in every way… to warm up and then show!

Meet Your Instructor, Linda Parelli

Linda Parelli is not only Pat’s best student, but she is also the co-designer of the Parelli Program. Her expertise and passion for teaching add a special dimension to the incredible horse-behavior based approach Parelli is famous for.

Her specialties are in Equine Psychology and Behavior, Horsenality, Fluid Riding, Finesse, Leadership and Liberty, and what she has to share with you will take you from good to great. As Linda says, “What I really love is the dramatic transformations you’ll see in just two days as I know how to get to the root of what’s not working and exactly what you need to do.”

A lot of people are stuck, not necessarily in their horsemanship but in their progress as a rider. It’s time to bring your riding skills up in line with your passion for good horsemanship!

The same applies to really knowing how to use psychology to overcome problems with unmotivated, lazy, and unenthusiastic horses as well as tense, nervous ones – both on the ground and riding. Do you know what it means to truly cause it to be the horse’s idea?

No matter what Level you are, you’ll walk away from your time in Linda’s courses with renewed passion, enthusiasm, and skills you can apply right away. Let’s get you looking as good as you feel on a horse, and really getting into your horse’s mind and heart.

Linda is excited to team up with Parelli 4-Star Professional and Paralympic medallist, Lauren Barwick, to teach this course.

While Linda will focus on the psychology and Parelli preparation elements, Lauren will bring her competitive knowledge and experience with dressage to the table.

It’s going to be really fun, educational, inspiring and enlightening!

 
 

Meet Your Instructor, Linda Parelli

 

Linda Parelli is not only Pat’s best student, but she is also the co-designer of the Parelli Program. Her expertise and passion for teaching add a special dimension to the incredible horse-behavior based approach Parelli is famous for.

Her specialties are in Equine Psychology and Behavior, Horsenality, Fluid Riding, Finesse, Leadership and Liberty, and what she has to share with you will take you from good to great. As Linda says, “What I really love is the dramatic transformations you’ll see in just two days as I know how to get to the root of what’s not working and exactly what you need to do.”

A lot of people are stuck, not necessarily in their horsemanship but in their progress as a rider. It’s time to bring your riding skills up in line with your passion for good horsemanship!

The same applies to really knowing how to use psychology to overcome problems with unmotivated, lazy, and unenthusiastic horses as well as tense, nervous ones – both on the ground and riding. Do you know what it means to truly cause it to be the horse’s idea?

No matter what Level you are, you’ll walk away from your time in Linda’s courses with renewed passion, enthusiasm, and skills you can apply right away. Let’s get you looking as good as you feel on a horse, and really getting into your horse’s mind and heart.

Linda is excited to team up with Parelli 4-Star Professional and Paralympic medallist, Lauren Barwick, to teach this course.  

While Linda will focus on the psychology and Parelli preparation elements, Lauren will bring her competitive knowledge and experience with dressage to the table.

It’s going to be really fun, educational, inspiring and enlightening!

 

Testimonials…

Supportive course and information, Linda is a natural born teacher with observations and willingness to share.

Patri J

This course exceeded my expectations 100 fold! Linda is a master teacher.

Matilda S

Amazing course. Linda is an exceptional teacher. I got a lot out of this course and my horse is so much happier and more connected to me.

Inez T

Bridge to Dressage with Linda Parelli

2019: Florida Apr 1-11 • Colorado Jul 29-Aug 8

Learn more about the beautiful Florida and Colorado Centers

Florida Center

Say hello to the warm, gentle, balmy breeze with a hint of sea and sawgrass rolling over the blackboard lined manicured fields of Ocala. The campus boasts all the amenities that Colorado has including an “Adventure Park” for horses. Take an extra day and ride on the beach. The white sand, fine as sugar, the blue ocean crashing against the beach, salt water scenting the air.

Our Florida campus is magical in a very unique and different way than our Colorado Campus. The landscape is more polished. Pastures manicured and mowed, hedges neatly shaped. The hills have a rolling effect rather than steep rocky crags. Huge robust Oak trees with Spanish moss dripping down off the branches, offering a sumptuous snack for our equine friends, replace the more pointed pine trees. Tall, lithe, white Egrets wade through the ponds, chirping their song to the wind.

Colorado Center

Ever dream of spending all day with your horse under the brilliant blue skies of the Colorado Rockies. The fresh scent of pine trees wafting on the breeze, hawks floating on the current above, seemingly riding the wind. Just you and your horse, strolling along cool mountain trails, over green fields with the scent of warm grass ready to be cut, gently caressing your senses.

As far as the eye can see are white-capped tips of the majestic Rocky Mountains! Pagosa Peak the tallest, presiding majestically over the others like the North Star in the heavens.

The continental divide just a breath away.

Both campuses offer a magical and unique experience and are sure to be a life-changing adventure for you and your horse.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the Prerequisites for this course?

Level 2+ skills for horse and rider (official or unofficial). The course will accommodate riders both experienced or new to the sport.

Do I bring my own horse?

Bringing your own horse is always a good choice because the amount of dedicated time and focus will skyrocket your progress and relationship. Neither of you will leave the same as you came! If you are unable to bring your own horse, there are lease horse options available. 

As Pat says, principle #7, “Horses teach riders and riders teach horses”.  Don’t let not being able to bring your own horse stop you, lease one of Pat’s dream horses and feel the difference. 

To learn more please reach out to our course specialist at courses@parelli.com.

How many hours do we spend outside with horses vs. in the classroom?

The majority of your day is spent outside with your horse! There is some classroom time where necessary. Information is delivered in the format that is best suited for it to be retained.

For example, many times theory sessions need a student’s full focus so is better delivered in the classroom. Other information is best delivered through hands-on simulations or demonstrations. Rest assured our goal is to deliver the information to you in the best manner possible. 

In the unlikely event that the weather does not permit outside horse-time there are plenty of learning opportunities to cover inside until it clears up again.

Where do I stay while I’m at my course?
At our Colorado center, your accommodations options are rustic cabin or RV hookup on campus (per availability), or hotel accommodations or Airbnb in our beautiful hometown of Pagosa Springs.
 
For courses at our Florida center, there are hotel accommodations in Ocala, Florida plus Airbnb options.
Where do I keep my horse while I’m at my course?
Our pens and stalls are designed to simulate a herd environment, satisfying a horse’s primary need for safety! (Please contact courses@parelli.com or see application form for more details).

 

What does the course fee cover?
The course fee includes tuition only – horse board, lunches, and housing are separate (please contact courses@parelli.com or see application form for more details).

 

Are meals included?
At both our Colorado and Florida centers meals are provided for an additional fee (please see application form for details). 

 

Bridge to Dressage with Linda Parelli 2019 Course Fees

 

Book Now, Spots Limited!

Please contact our course specialist on (970) 731-6177 or use the form below.

Bridge to Dressage with Linda Parelli 2019 Course Fees

Book Now, Spots Limited!

Please contact our course specialist on (970) 731-6177 or use the form below.

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