Natural Horsemanship and Parelli


Natural Horsemanship is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication, with the understanding that horses do not learn through fear or pain, but rather from pressure and the release of pressure.

In 1982 Pat Parelli began creating a natural horsemanship program to improve the relationship between humans and horses. Natural Horsemanship has become a viable and important aspect of the international horse industry and continues to expand and influence the way in which horses are trained.

It is a common misconception that Natural Horsemanship equals “wimpy” horsemanship, where the ‘relationship’ is prized above all else. This is not the case. Natural horsemanship trainers must use firm but fair force when necessary to ensure the safety of the rider or handler, as well as the horse. We simply do not use fear or pain to motivate the animal, nor do we attempt to force the animal into submission.


Natural Horsemanship Day

By Lesley Sharp

What a wonderful day with Brian Ousby and his talented horse Lulu. They were both up early to make the journey from near Tyrella beach in Downpatrick to us here in Antrim, to showcase natural horsemanship.


The morning practical clinic was at our yard using our horses who all were relaxed and enjoying all being out together as a herd teaching us to speak horse. As Brian says they are never going to learn English but we can learn horse. We were all able to put into practice some of Brian's foundation training with a horse each.


After a quick coffee we headed up to Crosskennan for Brian and Lulu to demonstrate some of the finer points of natural horsemanship.


They performed under difficult conditions with nosey donkeys peering in, clatters from the girls working in the yard and an unruly mob of nosey mares just the other side of the fence in the school.


It demonstrated the bond and trust Lulu has for her partner Brian as she kept calm and cool throughout. Even when Brian opened an umbrella, which totally spooked the watching mares who bolted as if Hades himself was after them, Lulu started at the noise they made but quickly composed herself and was completely unconcerned at the open umbrella over her head.


Brian then rode her with no bridle on making it look easy, which for Lulu it was; as it was clear she understood what Brian was asking of her and impressed all of us at her calmness.


Thank you so much Brian for your time and to Christie who was helping Brian.Thank you as well to all those who donated and as Brian did the whole day for free all the money donated will go to CLAS.

Sat 06 Oct | Scolboa Meadow


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About The Event

Brian Ousby from Lismahan Natural Horsemanship has kindly agreed to come to us again for a day of Natural Horsemanship.


Morning session 10 til 12 practical using Lesley Sharp's horses. Places are limited. £30

Afternoon demonstration 2 till 4 suggested donation £15 .


To book your place on either session please leave your name and which session you wish to attend on the events page post