Bridge to Western Versatility with Pat Parelli

2019: Florida Feb 17-27 • Colorado Aug 12-22

Many western-trained horses become robotic, lose their enthusiasm for cow-working, and start swishing their tails from too much spur. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and bring the enthusiasm back.

 

Become Perfect Partners in Purpose and Performance!

 

 

Moving cattle, sorting, separating, penning…

 

Real ranch work on horseback is an art, originating in Spain and carried forward in the iconic vaquero tradition.

The western sports of cutting, sorting, reining, reined cow horse and ranch horse versatility all share these same roots, but the love of winning has often put a lot of negative pressure on both horses and riders.

Things get fast and rough and good horsemanship goes out the window, but Pat will show you how to turn slow and right into fast and right! This is not just about learning the skills it’s also about fun and putting the principles of good horsemanship first.

10-DAY COURSE

2019: Florida Feb 17-27 • Colorado Aug 12-22

 

Course Topics Include:

 

Versatility in Western Performance and Ranch Riding

Versatility allows you to adapt to many different situations and have many different skills or qualities – you are capable of turning to varied subjects or tasks.

Your versatility in sports means that you can play soccer, tennis, and basketball… A Soccer Player with versatility can play forward, defense, and goalkeeper exceptionally well…

A Master Chef’s versatility means having extensive knowledge of French, American bistro, Italian, and Spanish cuisine…

A Horseman’s versatility is in your depth of understanding, problem-solving through psychology, reading the horse, and communicating with subtlety and refinement.

Building the bridge from FreeStyle to Western Riding

It’s a natural evolution, taking your FreeStyle foundation skills to a purposeful application, and/or performance. “The more you use your reins, the less they use their brains.”

You’re going to learn how smart your horse really is!

How to prepare on the ground

You’ll take your ground skills to a whole new level when you learn to train performance moves on the ground.

Square turns, rollbacks, and stops

Learn the simple, natural keys to developing these exciting performance moves naturally – without creating tension, fear, or using force.

Gathering, herding, sorting, cutting, and holding

Be still your beating heart! You’re going to have a lot of fun when you apply what you’ve learned to a real purpose.

Style & presentation

The way you sit on a horse, hold your reins, use your position, your legs, and present your horse can make a massive difference to the overall presence of you and your horse.

Go from trail-rider posture to savvy posture!

Equipment & Bridle Wisdom

Take the guess-work out of choosing the right bit. This is not about control, it’s about enhancing performance and making things easier and more logical for the horse.

Calming a tense horse

Tension is the first sign of fear. Learn how to relax a horse in your warm up and how to fix tension when it arises. The sooner the better!

Improving responsiveness

Too many riders are still pushing their horses. You need to get to their mind, not their body. A horse that is right there with you mentally, emotionally, and physically is a joy to ride – and they are happier too!

How to practice

The process does not look like the product. Learn strategies to train and practice that don’t make your horse stressed or bored.

Common problems to overcome

Tension, resistance, tail-swishing, stiffness, head-tossing, excitability, dullness, fear of cows (!), spookiness, lack of confidence (you or your horse), crookedness, on-the-forehand, and more!

Anatomy of a training session

How to structure your training from warm-up, to practice and advancing, to cool-down.

Basic reining patterns

Learn the psychology of patterns and how to get your horse thinking but not taking over.

Rail work

Gain control, harmony, and elegance in each of the gaits and how to make smooth transitions in between. 

Precision riding

Accuracy and precision take your leadership and your horse’s gymnastic suppleness to a whole new level.

Preparing for a show

You’ll take part in a ‘mock’ competition that starts with you bathing your horse, grooming, packing the right gear, loading your horse into the trailer (and driving around the block!), arriving for the ‘show’… all the way up to actually competing.

This is the best place to learn how to do this, rather than at a real show (especially for the first time).

Dealing with nerves

How to stay calm, focused, put the relationship with your horse first, and actually perform!

Keys to a successful show! (Simulated competition)

What’s really important here? How do you do your best: for the judge, for your horse, for you?

Meet Your Instructor, Pat Parelli

When you ride with Pat Parelli, you are riding with a depth of knowledge that spans more than four decades of horsemanship.
 
Pat goes BEYOND teaching. Your imagination will ignite and you will do things you never thought you were capable of doing with your horse.
 
Pat goes to a depth in the horse’s mind and understanding of what horses are capable of – there are things Pat will help you bring out in your horse that will blow your mind.
 
He will challenge you, give you tasks, and EMPOWER you.
 
This is the kind of experience that will impact you for your whole life – it’s not just what you do at the course, this goes way, way deeper. It is a real eye-opener to ride with somebody who thinks at this level and who is capable of sharing so much. Until you have ridden with a master horseman you have no idea how much further and faster you can go.
 
Whether you ride for recreation or for professional pursuits, Pat has coached every kind of horse owner from beginner to Olympian. He is invested in you getting it. This is his Mission.
 
There is only one Pat Parelli in the world… This is a rare opportunity to ride and study with Pat in person. Stop thinking “Am I ready…?” Think, “This might be my only opportunity and I’m going to take it!”
 
 

“Most of the time we are embarrassed to ride with the masters, but if I hadn’t ridden with Pat I wouldn’t be where I am now.” – Linda Parelli

Meet Your Instructor, Pat Parelli

When you ride with Pat Parelli, you are riding with a depth of knowledge that spans more than four decades of horsemanship.
 
Pat goes BEYOND teaching. Your imagination will ignite and you will do things you never thought you were capable of doing with your horse.
 
Pat goes to a depth in the horse’s mind and understanding of what horses are capable of – there are things Pat will help you bring out in your horse that will blow your mind.
 
He will challenge you, give you tasks, and EMPOWER you.
 
This is the kind of experience that will impact you for your whole life – it’s not just what you do at the course, this goes way, way deeper. It is a real eye-opener to ride with somebody who thinks at this level and who is capable of sharing so much. Until you have ridden with a master horseman you have no idea how much further and faster you can go.
 
Whether you ride for recreation or for professional pursuits, Pat has coached every kind of horse owner from beginner to Olympian. He is invested in you getting it. This is his Mission.
 
There is only one Pat Parelli in the world… This is a rare opportunity to ride and study with Pat in person. Stop thinking “Am I ready…?” Think, “This might be my only opportunity and I’m going to take it!”
 
 

“Most of the time we are embarrassed to ride with the masters, but if I hadn’t ridden with Pat I wouldn’t be where I am now.” – Linda Parelli

What It’s Like To Ride With Pat Parelli…

I Was Able To Do Things I Have Never Done Before
 
“I found this course to be the dream of a lifetime. I was able to do things with my horse that I have never done before. The improvement in my horse was amazing. Pat is so aware of what is happening and quick to correct situations. Besides, what would be better than riding with the master!”
Mike G

AZ

Motivation To Stretch and Advance
 
“Pat was very good at modifying expectations of the different level riders. He, of course, could read what each horse needed, then showed the owner how to improve. He motivated each student to stretch and step up to advance. Pat quickly exposes the truth of your level of horsemanship, then gives you the techniques and knowledge to improve it. You have to be open to constructive criticism, but that is what a learning environment is!”
Lisa K

MI

Gets You Out Of Your Comfort Zone
 
“I have learned so much just being around Pat. My horsemanship, as well as my confidence, has greatly improved. Pat will give you what you need not what you want. He has a way of getting you out of your comfort zone, which is different for everyone. This is an experience for a lifetime. The best place to live your dream with horses.”
Geri C.

AZ

Bridge to Western Versatility with Pat Parelli

2019: Florida Feb 17-27 • Colorado Aug 12-22

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.

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

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, rocky mountain tops covered in thick copses of Ponderosa Pines accented in spots by the deep hue of the Blue Spruce, all in contrast to the white flaky bark of the Aspen trees, their silver leaves shimmering in the wind. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the Prerequisites for this course?

Pat’s courses are ideal for the confident rider, regardless of whether you are a Parelli student or not. Having studied Parelli Levels 1 and 2 or beyond is a bonus but not required. 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). 

 

Western Versatility 2019 Course Fees

Course features nine days of instruction with Pat Parelli plus one day for personal experimentation.

Book Now, Spots Limited!

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

Western Versatility 2019 Course Fees

Course features nine days of instruction with Pat Parelli plus one day for personal experimentation.

Book Now, Spots Limited!

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

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