What is Parelli?


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The Parelli Program is a people-training program focused on the study of horse behaviour and horsemanship skills. The program, which can be thought of as its own unique discipline, spans Four Savvys, or areas of development, through four distinct levels of skill improvement. The cornerstones of the program are a dedication to never-ending self-improvement and an acknowledgement that the improvement of horsemanship is a lifelong pursuit for those passionate about the horse. The program encourages students to develop creative problem-solving skills and think in a lateral manner, while taking the non-verbal feedback and expression of the horse into consideration.

Pat Parelli & his super horse Magic

The Parelli program of natural horsemanship was founded in 1981 by lifelong horseman Pat Parelli. A former rodeo bronc rider, horse trainer and all-around horse lover, Pat created the program based on his keen observation of horse behavior, psychology and communication. Early on, he realised that horses already had all the skills they needed to thrive and relate with their kind. It was adding the human element that complicated things. Pat discovered that a life-changing human-horse partnership is possible once people begin to “think, feel, act, and play like a horse.”

The natural approach to horse training is effective with all horse breeds, all disciplines and all styles of riding including Western, dressage, jumping, cross country, drag hunting, polo, racing, or simply happy hacking. It’s been embraced worldwide by horsemen and women of all disciplines and skill levels, from first-time beginners to international competitors and Olympic medalists.

Based on respect for and love of horses – and understanding horse nature and psychology – the Parelli method enables anyone at any level to have fun with horses and achieve amazing results…naturally. The Parelli method allows horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve success through love, language and leadership.

If this sounds like what you are looking for, then begin the journey to horse savvy the natural horsemanship way and help change the world for horses and horse lovers worldwide, keep reading! 




The Four Savvys - Becoming Horse Savvy The Natural Horsemanship Way

 For you and your horse to really enjoy each other and work together in ways that are joyful, fun, seamless, safe and natural, the Parelli program focuses on helping students become truly horse savvy. Rather than using artificial aids or quick fixes for your horse problems, Parelli natural horsemanship helps students develop true understanding and expertise by teaching these Four Savvys:

• On Line – groundwork, using different lengths of line - 12’, 22’, 45’.   

• At liberty – the horse is free of physical restraint. When we take the lead rope off, we find out the truth!   

• FreeStyle - riding without contact, either a loose rein, or bridle-less and bareback – the ultimate FreeStyle!   

• Finesse – riding with contact, refinement and precision. 

The Four Savvy's educational packs


12 Horsemanship Touchstones & the Levels Pathway

Every one of us has different levles of ambition and dedication, but here's the important part: Every great horseman understands the following essential pieces of knowledge.  These are the 12 Horsemanship Touchstones which are what you learn as a member of the Savvy Club.

  1. Horse psychology and philosophy
  2. Savvy and safe 
  3. Horsenality
  4. Calm, connected, responsive
  5. The Four Savvys
  6. Rapport, respect, impulsion, flexion
  7. Fun & gratification
  8. Ride in and Ride out
  9. Principles to purpose
  10. Balance and posture
  11. Tools and techniques
  12. Ages and stages


The Parelli Levels Pathway is a progressive program that will help you achieve your goals with horses. Whether you dream of relaxing weekend trail rides or competitive success, even if you can’t or don’t ride, the Levels Pathway will take you as far as you want to go…naturally.

There are 10 Levels that lead to the mastery of natural horsemanship, but Levels 1 – 4 are the foundation for you and your horse. The things you’ll learn on your journey to Level 4 will give you the knowledge and the skills to resolve any problem and accomplish any goal with your horse, which is why our aim is to make the pathway to Level 1 is about safety and communication, and it focuses on developing a language and earning respect with your horse on the ground. Playing the Parelli Seven Games with your horse On Line – the first of the Four Savvys, or areas of study – teaches you how to read horses and build strong relationships based on love, language, and leadership. 

Level 2 is about confidence and fun, and will introduce the second Savvy – FreeStyle riding . You’ll learn how riding without contact helps horses become more responsible, self-controlled, and relaxed, and you’ll take your On Line skills to another level of understanding. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll be having playing on the ground. The first two Levels are offered together because we don’t want you to get trapped in Level 1 . It’s easy to get caught up in the details when you’re first starting, but we want to make sure you keep moving forward…otherwise you’ll end up boring your horse, and yourself. 

Level 3 is about skill and excellence. It delves into more advanced On Line and FreeStyle concepts, then introduces Liberty – the ultimate test of trust and bond. When you play with your horse on the ground without a halter or lead rope, the only thing left is the truth. The relationship, savvy and refinement you’ll learn in Level 3 will take you to a level of excellence that most people only dream about. 

Finally, Level 4 is about the fundamentals of performance – developing all Four Savvys to a spectacular expression of expertise. The fourth Savvy is Finesse – the art of riding with contact and collection – and it is one of the hardest things to do well with horses. Learning to prepare your horse with a solid foundation of all Four Savvys will help you achieve high levels of performance without sacrificing the relationship you’ve built with your horse. It’s up to you to decide how good you have to be to live your dream with horses. 

The Parelli Levels Pathway will show you where you can go, and show you how to get there. Along the way, you’ll find the solutions to everything that used to frustrate you about your horse.

All Parelli members have the option of submitting Official Level's audtions to Parelli as a way of measuring their progress and have that sense of achievement we all love after achieving a goal.  We find this helps students to stay progressive and while building a solid foundation of knowledge and skills.  For audtion information, go to Parelli connect and click on Resources and then Auditions.

As a 4 Star Senior Parelli Instructor, Jackie Chant is qualified to teach you in all four Savvy’s in the Levels home study program either in private or group lessons, workshops, clinics or camps.


Savvy Club Membership and how to get started

Use Referral Code P38 when you join!The Savvy Club is the ultimate way to maximize your relationship and results with your horse.  

There is SO much to know about horses and when you look at things through the horses behavior lens, it will take you on a journey that expands your ability with horses both intellectually and functionally.

"Savvy" is the word we use to emphasise that horsemanship is way more than riding.  It is way more than techniques too.  It's about really knowing horses and creating a partnership based on love, language and leadership that will eliminate problems and teach you how to be the kind of leader and teacher your horse needs.

Pat Parelli and his wife Linda help to make some of the most advanced and complex concepts on training horses easy.  "We created the Savvy Club curriculum to guide you step-by-step, month by month, through a wealth of knowledge connected by 12 Touchstones that are essential to success with horses".

As a member, you login to your homepage on the Savvy Club for instant access to specially produced and curated mini and maxi videos, audios, articles, fun challenges and action lists that educate and guide you on a practical path through all Four Savvys of Parelli - On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle and Finesse.  And it's all mobile friendly so you can access it anywhere, anytime - even at the stable or in the arena with your horse.  Don't get stuck or lost ever again.  Just follow the path!

The Savvy Club also unites a community of people who want a better way with horses, bringing together professionals, competitive and recreational riders who can share thier experiences and lend thier support through the Savvy Club forum.  Also once you are a member, when you visit the Shop remember to ‘sign in’ to get your members discount! 

How to get started... First step, go to Parelli Savvy club and become a member.     Simply click on the picture below to go to the membership information and sign up page.  Choose the level of membership that suits you and then fill in your details to set up your account.  By clicking on my link here you can support your local instructor (me) while I support you!  If you have any questions about the Savvy club please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss which level of memebership would best suit you.  




Next step, Getting instruction from a Parelli Professional like Jackie will fast track your progress and help you when you are feeling stuck. There are several ways Jackie can support you from private lessons, video coaching to attending a ‘Getting started’ Level 1 clinic or workshop.

Click here for more info on Jackie’s coaching services.

Click here to find an area course coordinator near you.

Click here to visit the Shop to get what you need to get started!

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