The Training Stick in the picture above is the Parelli ‘Carrot Stick’. A great training tool and very well made, but to some people, a little expensive. Sharon bought this one when she was involved with a Parelli Study Group a few years back and it has proven to be a worthwhile investment. If you are unsure if the ‘Carrot Stick” is for you, explore the principles before you purchase by making your own Training Stick for less than $20.
We made two ‘prototypes’ a couple of years back and they must have been good because someone ‘borrowed’ them and forgot to return them.
Here is what you need.
1 x 4 Ft Fiberglass electric fence insulator rod. $4.95
Available from stock & feed/farm supply outlets. We used the white Gallagher brand rods.
1 x Slimline Golf Club rubber grip $7.95
Available from Golf Shops. The Slimline grip fitted the Gallagher Rod perfectly.
1 x 6” piece of 1” wide leather $0.50
We bought an ‘Op Shop’ leather belt
1 x Tube of Selleys Araldite
(for our friends in the USA, UK or elsewhere, any quick setting 2 part epoxy adhesive from the market or hardware store will do the job)
Whipping/Binding waxed cotton Thread or similar.
(Some people have used fishing line)
Construction is a breeze and should be finished in an hour or so
First put a drop of the Araldite on the rod end and push on the Golf grip. Stage 1 finished.
Stage 2 involves cutting the 6” piece of leather into a suitable shape. Check out the pic below as a guideline.