Parelli On the Cover of AQHA Magazine
Parelli, son of natural horsemanship pioneer Pat Parelli, is featured in a cover
story this month in America’s Horse - the magazine for the members of
the American Quarter Horse Association.
the cover, Caton Parelli is shown comfortably riding bareback, with only a
string around his horse’s neck. The feature article and photo spread heralds
Caton as a young man defying severe odds.
to me, are one of the greatest teachers,” Caton told
’s Horse. “For me, they teach me how to maintain my balance, they teach me
to be more flexible, which is a challenge. They teach me lots of things.”
Parelli was born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. His parents were
told it was unlikely he would ever walk or talk. But when Caton was five and
still couldn’t walk well, his dad set him atop one of his best horses,
harnessed in with a seatbelt.
horse was really therapeutic for him,” Pat Parelli says in the article.
Parelli, now 28, lives and travels with his dad and stepmom and rides five
horses every day. The article details a typical day for Caton, which includes a
variety of barn, tractor and cattle chores on the Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Ocala, Fl. and Pagosa Springs, Co. campuses.
Parelli also mentions, with obvious pride, Caton’s recent success in quarter
horse competitions, including a recent one where Caton won his first belt
was a moment that had people in tears, especially those who have been supporting
Caton along his journey,” the elder Parelli said.
Parelli credits his dad’s patient tutelage with much of his current success
and he says the two of them “have a beautiful relationship.” Pat Parelli
said learning how best to instruct Caton has helped him become a better teacher
to his other students.
American Quarter Horse Association was founded in 1940 and has an estimated
350,000 members. This edition of
’s Horse is available through April.
Parelli method combines in-depth equine psychology and common sense
communication techniques in a proven recipe for horse and rider success. It
allows horse owners at all levels of experience (from trail rider to
Olympic-level Dressage rider) to achieve success without force, partnership
without dominance and harmony without coercion. The wider goal is to help create
a better world for horses and the people who love them. Join the Parelli
movement at www.parelli.com
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