HSUS, Parelli Trainers to Work Together

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is joining forces with natural horsemanship trainers Pat and Linda Parelli to spotlight the trainability and intelligence of rescued horses. At each of seven U.S. venues for Parelli's 2009 "Celebration" events, The HSUS will work with a local horse rescue group to help a horse in need of training through a three-day development program with Pat Parelli. At the end of the event, the horse will be offered for adoption to an approved home.

Natural horsemanship is a training technique that uses knowledge about herd dynamics, horse behavior, and communication to help people and horses communicate effectively and build trust-based relationships. The Parelli Celebration events will offer three days of seminars and training sessions, designed to help horse owners understand how to communicate effectively with their horses and build a lasting partnership both in and out of the saddle.

The first Celebration will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Williamson Agriculture Park in Franklin, Tenn. Volunteer Equine Advocates, a Tennessee-based horse rescue organization, will provide the featured rescued horse.

"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," said Keith Dane, HSUS director of equine protection. "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."

Pat Parelli said, "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."

This initiative builds on other programs developed by The HSUS to encourage horsemen and women to consider a rescued horse when bringing a new horse into the family and to help horse rescues operate more effectively.

Other Celebration venues include:

  • April 17-19 - Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex--Harrisburg, Penn.;
  • May 15-17 - Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center--Reno, Nev.;
  • June 5-7 - Alliant Energy Center--Madison, Wis.;
  • July 24-26 - Kemper Arena--Kansas City, Mo.,
  • Sept. 25-27 - Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum--Fort Worth, Texas, and
  • Oct. 9-11 - The Lakeland Arena--Lakeland, Fla.
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