The Four Savvys
Pat Parelli has identified four “ways” of playing with horses, four areas in which a horse and human can learn from one another. He dubbed these areas “the Four Savvys.” Together they form the blueprint for you as a horseman, and for the Parelli Program as a whole.
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Linda Parelli on the Four Savvys
When I go to play with my horse, sometimes I only play on the ground – mostly at Liberty these days, unless I take him jumping logs and moving out in the playground, but mostly I ride. So I’m playing in two or three Savvys sometimes. It makes it more interesting, and I tend to get more creative and thoughtful about what I’m doing and where I’m going with my horse as we advance. And now that I’m studying the art of riding with precision with dressage master Walter Zettl, I find it more important than ever to keep a balance in the Four Savvys, rather than becoming overly focused on Finesse.
Many times, people will want to start at the top with the most challenging things, but that doesn’t always lead to putting the horse first. I think Pat has organized the Savvys in such a way that it encourages people to get the fundamentals down first. Once you’ve got a solid foundation, you start making incredible progress, and that’s when the real fun begins! If you want to become a horseman, that’s the way to do it!