Gypsygirl, what you tell about that barn makes me feel very creepy about my first lesson barn, where I started out as a Parelli student. It is a strictly Parelli barn, but it has taken the path of WEIRD over the last few years. They ALSO believe that too much grass is bad for horses, so they are turned out in overgrazed pastures that are too small for the number of the horses they have, they feed horses crappy hay (and too little of it, especially, in winters, because they believe that the horses have to dig for some roots in the pastures!!! ), they often don't get enough water (again, mostly in winters, because they believe that horses get enough water from snow), some of the horses are really foot sore, back sore and lame, most of them are too thin, and nobody there does anything about it. And most of them are overworked in the lessons, working for even 4 or more hours a day - and, to top it, their training methods are very dominant and many of the horses are just scared into submission, with blank looks in their eyes. They openly admit that they train their horses to be heavy on the forehand, because thus they are supposed to be less motivated to run off with a beginner.
At first I didn't see everything that was wrong there, because I was a complete novice to the horse world then, I even worked as a stable hand for them for a summer, to pay for my lessons, but then the two trainers who still help me out sometimes pointed out what was happening to me and left the place. I stayed until I was able to buy Snickers from them, and then left, too, as fast as I could.
Yikes, is it some sort of a trend gone wrong??
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.