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I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Please Send Well-Wishes to Linda Parelli and Remmer

From the Savvy Club Forum:

Linda was cantering Remmer in a field when he tripped and stumbled for about 20 feet trying to regain his balance. At the end he fell and pitched on his nose. Linda was knocked out for a few minutes and under his feet when he tried to get up. So she was bruised on her body and legs and got 4 broken ribs. Remmer is fine. Thanks to speedy attendance and good care at the hospital (plus the red light - photonic therapy), she was discharged home after the second day as she was recovering quicker than expected and could now walk by herself as well as get up and down from bed. She is at home continuing her recovery and as you know with broken ribs, it will be some weeks before she can ride again. But she is in great spirits and not much pain.

I contacted Parelli and send a note to Linda and Remmer. They said thank you and that she was doing well. I truly hope so.

Due to this accident, the helmet issue and Parelli has cropped up again on all of the forums and is something they should address as a horse corporation. I believe that she should have had a helmet on, it is safer, and offers a good example to everyone, especially kids. I understand the argument that a helmet can offer a false sense of security but, I'd hope that even in that case, it would save someone's life. If they want to market their own, I'd buy a Parelli helmet! Horses are inherently dangerous, no matter how good you are and how good they are. I wear a helmet (most of the time--I know, not good enough) but have been thinking that it may be time for a new one. I bought mine several years ago, it is a Troxel Legacy. In any event, wearing a helmet should be a choice, not a law but, it is a good idea.

If you haven't seen the video (required watching for 4H programs) entitled "Every Time, Every Ride" check it out.

Lastly, a fellow horse lover I constantly coorespond with wrote this. I think it is very insightful and wanted to share with you all, "Now, I wish I didn't have to wear a helmet, but I have people around me that would be hurt if something happen to me -- let a lone all the work they would have to do if I was injured. I think, in someway, it is kind of selfish not wearing one. "

Anyhow, Linda, Remmer, please do take care and get well soon. I am thinking of you and sending positive thoughts to the Universe!


Lisa said...

As I heard it said once: no helmet can protect you from a lack of savvy but sometimes no amount of savvy can make up for lack of a helmet.

I love my Tipperary helmet - very comfortable, nice profile.

Remember the materials in helmets do breakdown over time - the actual amount depends on how the helmet is stored. Your helmet should be replaced periodically even if it hasn't sustained a fall.

SolitaireMare said...

Funny, I thought the same thing regarding wearing a helmet. When will people learn, even the best trained, oldest, most "bombproof" horse can still get stung by a bee, spooked, stumble or lose it's footing. I've seen it happen.

As for a helmet giving a false sense of security. That's such a poor excuse. If the highest I had ever jumped a horse was over 4 feet, I wouldn't suddenly try to jump a 6 foot oxer one day just because I was wearing a helmet and figured if I fell I'd be okay. How stupid does that sound?

Unfortunately, never underestimate the stupidity of the public. I agree wearing a helmet should remain a choice for adults, but those adults in a position to teach should seriously consider enforcing a practice that has been proven to save lives.

Jeanne said...

Gasp! I'm so thankful they are both basically all right (meaning, nobody died, they'll heal and live to ride again).

I agree, if they made a Parelli helmet, I'd buy one, too. I'm thinking black with the gold horsehead logo.

Of course, there is one thing to consider: how rare is it that she had an accident? That's why it's big news. Accidents are much rarer with Parelli, as opposed to without.

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

I agree with you on all accounts! -M

Anonymous said...

I sold my motorcycle to get my horse, and I can tell you this: a riding helmet is NOTHING compared to the weight and noticeability of a motorcycle helmet. I would never ride a motorcycle without a helmet even in states where it's legal to do so (helmets are mandated by law here in California) and in fact I wear my bicycle helmet too -- not just to protect my head from impact but to protect my scalp from sunburn (in my part; I'm not bald) and my hair from bird poop.

I think a person who would do something stupid because they have a helmet and a false sense of safety is a person who's going to do stupid things anyway. Taking off the helmet won't make her suddenly safety-conscious, and putting it one won't make a smart person suddenly stupid.

People who follow the program and respect their relationships with horses and want to stay safe to ride another day will get off at the first sign that they need to, even wearing a helmet. And people who don't follow the program of safety first aren't going to change their actions whether they have a helmet on or not. I think most people's decisions depend on their personality way more than their gear, although gear can reflect personality.

I wonder if Linda got up and groaned inside with the knowledge that she was going to stir up the helmet controversy again. LOL

Lisa said...

Wearing a helmet is just like wearing a seatbelt. You just do it, even if it wrinkles your dress (remember that excuse?) I JUST started wearing a helmet. I have taken up distance riding and noticed that ALL THE GOOD RIDERS WEAR THEM. It's time for all Pat and Linda to get with the program. Helmets are chic! And for crying out loud, I too would buy their helmet. I drank the Parelli kool-aid so I buy everything else they put out!

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Hey Lisa--

I love it, "I drank the kool-aid." me too and loving every bit of it (and also buying the whole kit and kaboodle. I am in need of a new helmet--I wish they'd come out with one already! LOL


Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

I am forwarding this message from a friend on another list. I am not trying to open a huge debate about helment use but thought some of you would like to see the Parelli response to the issue.

I know you are a Parelli "person" and thought I would share (I was
given permission to cross post) this letter that was sent from them
regarding the use of helmets.

I was surprised and disappointed by their answer. Of COURSE, one
should address the unsafe behavior of the horse, BUT on any given day,
even the most dead broke horse can do the unexpected. They say
"People have called us brave for not wearing helmets." I call them

Bobbi McIntyre
Alaria Moss Gypsy Horses
Affordable Farm Services - http://www.affordab lemanureremoval. com/
Nokesville, VA

____________ _________ _________ _________ ________

Parelli and helmets
Posted by: "Patti Shores" slidinspots@ gmail.com slidinspots
Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:09 am (PDT)

I am sending this to a couple different groups as I feel it is important to
get the word out to potential Parelli followers. As many of you know, I am
currently recovering from a brain injury from a fall from a horse this
summer. This was a green horse but he spooked while I was getting off,
something any horse could do and the odds of a serious accident on a horse
finally caught up with me. One thing I have noticed is an ad for Parelli
and Linda is jumping a horse bareback and no helmet. Also while I was
bedridden I watch a couple of his episodes and he had a a young person who
was physically disabled riding without a helmet and it was obvious her
balance was not good. I sent a letter to Parellis asking them to please
advocate the use of helmets. This is their reply, which I think is totally
STUPID coming from professionals.

Patti - w.wa

Hi Patti,

Thank you for taking the time to write us. We understand your views and
concerns. As quoted by the faculty at our ranch:

"You are quite right - helmets are fabulous things and they save many lives.
though, people who ARE wearing helmets also die or suffer serious
head injuries in accidents with horses.?

Our program is intended to address the safety problem at its root - which is

behavioral - rather than address the symptoms of it. Our message is about
developing the relationship with the horse, and the savvy level of the
so that unsafe behavior is addressed long before the rider gets on the horse
rather than allowing the unsafe situations to continue to occur and hope
the helmet, body protector, etc, will protect us from the consequences.

The reason you do not see our people wearing helmets is because we try to
teach people
that rather than be brave because they are wearing a a helmet to protect
them, they would be better off not riding until their horse is behaving

People have called us brave for not wearing helmets, but we say they are a
braver than we are. We would not get on their horse until we had addressed
issues that cause it to behave in unsafe ways.

We hope this helps,

From the Faculty, Parelli Centers"

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Here is some information I found in the Savvy Club Vault regarding the Parelli's and helmets. I bring this to you all because some question was raised about the validity of hte email send earlier. I'm just the researcher/messenger.
To duplicate my search, go to http://www.parellisavvyclub.com in the upper right is the Google search this site box, type in the word helmet and click search. You may have to click search two times to make it actually work.

Topic: Helmets?
Why don't Pat and Linda wear helmets? What is their view on this topic?

LINDA: Personally speaking we feel very uncomfortable wearing helmets because it affects our balance and perceptiveness. Pat wears his cowboy hat and I would wear a helmet if I engaged in extreme sports such as high jumps or eventing. As far as our students are concerned, we are 'pro choice', meaning we respect their choice to wear one or not, and we put a lot of emphasis on safety through savvy. Many people are accidents waiting to happen. I think about what I used to do before meeting Pat and starting the Parelli program, I was one of those. I didn't have a clue and I should have been wearing a helmet because it was just a matter of time before I was going to hit the ground! I was getting on a dangerous horse every day, one who was mentally, emotionally and physically out of control. He didn't trust me and reacted badly to all kinds of situations. I wasn't even safe on the ground! I made bad decisions because I did not understand the horse's nature and especially because I didn't know how to get him to be calm and left brain. Many people climb on horses who are right brain and acting like prey animals, or who have the propensity to do so in even mildly alarming situations. They put on helmets and mount up, thinking they are safe, and they try to stay on no matter what. Helmets do not keep people safe. We don't get on unsafe horses. We put a lot of time into preparation. We get off immediately the situation becomes unsafe. Most riders don't do any of that, but it's what we practice religiously and teach our students to do too. This is the example we set and the one we want them to follow.

Lisa said...

Okay, Linda has convinced me that it is not necessary to wear a helmet if you are a very good horse person. I think I am so no more helmet for me. I am also a very good driver, so no more seat belts for me because I know how to control a car and sometimes the seat belt gets stuck and it is uncomfortable.... Look I never used to wear a helmet but I also never made up excuses. I knew I was taking a chance and did not care. I figured I could stop myself from hitting head first and if I did, I would still be okay. I at least could admit I was being reckless! I did not have an accident - I just woke up and realized that I would be devastated if I was too hurt to ride. 'nuf said!

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Another note from a Parelli Canadian that was from Parelli regarding helmets.

Dear Heather,

Thank you very much for your email. We understand your concern about
safety and helmets and we are grateful that you took the time to email
us so we can better address the issue.

Our goal at Parelli Natural Horsemanship is to make the world a better
place for horses and humans, and a critical component of that goal is
safety. We support any protective gear - including helmets - that gives
the rider a safer experience, and we require children under the age of
18 and recommend beginners wear helmets no matter the circumstances. We
encourage each rider to thoroughly evaluate their situation, enroll in a
training program and research and consider all available protective gear
and safety procedures.

Thank you for your support.


Parelli Natural Horsemanship

Amy said...

Wow, I have to say I am absolutely shocked! I wish Linda and Remmer a full recovery and am hoping by now that they are both up and running, but am really shocked by their attitudes towards helmets.

I have been riding for over twenty years and have had my horse for almost nine years. This past August I had a similar experience that Linda did, I was cantering in a sand ring and my horse tripped twice in a row and fell down to his side, sending me flying. I landed very hard on my right side and my head hit the ground very hard. Thank goodness I was wearing my helmet!

My horse and I walked away with only soreness, bumps and bruises, the worst of my injuries was the whiplash type injury I sustained in my neck, but even that went away pretty quickly.

It is stories like what happened to Linda and what happened to me that are reasons to protect your melon ALL the time with a helmet. Like other people have said, it doesn't matter how quiet your horse is, they can trip and fall or get stung by a bee or any number of things could happen.

I have had plenty of helmets, many of which in hindsight weren't very comfortable and probably weren't the best fitting, but I never felt any of these had a big enough impact on my balance to consider not wearing one. Perhaps Linda and Pat should work with a professional to find a properly fitted helmet? It makes all the difference!

Mollys Ranch said...

My granddaughter at age 15, a state champion in swimming would be an invalid today with out her helmet her run away quiet horse dumped her to run with the horse that ran by her. The helmet was severly cracked but her head was not. It is irresponsible of the Parellis to not advocate for safety using helmets when riding a horse no matter what level of the horse.

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

THank you for posting and eading Mollys Ranch. I am so happy that your grandaughter came out okay in the end--scary!

Anonymous said...

From the time I started to ride I had my helmit on, even around the barn...pretty much to show off, but it kept me safe...Iv taken several falls (rider error) over fences, and to this day I know I would be 6 feet under if I hadent been using by helmit...I ws one of the first to Thank the good Lord when Ma. finally made it a law to wear helmits when riding....It doesn't bode well in my barn if i catch someone w/o their hat, and I have loads to say about this...If they are caught a second time they are out the door,looking for a new instructor and or trainer....my barn my rules....as well as the state of Ma......

Mary T. said...

I am an instructor and have required all of my minor riders to wear helmets. They always asked why I never rode with one. Honestly, I could not come up with one good answer to that and after a very well know dressage rider was seriously hurt I changed my mind and now ride with one always. I also require all riders to wear a helmet when riding on my property. Now when my students ask why I ride WITH a helmet I tell them that I was being stupid and want to live to see my grandchildren grow up. Choosing not to wear a helmet is a selfish choice. I have followed the Parelli's for many years and am grateful for all I have learned from them including some things that are not very safe. I hope in the end all riders will use their common sense and make good decisions for themselves and not rely on others just because they hold them to such high esteem.