I went to the Parelli horse and soul tour thingy yesterday. I got some good ideas and things to do with my horse but I was also extremely appauled and stunned by the cult mentality. Most of the people there had no business ever owning horses. While the actual training Parelli does makes a lot of sense and is good, it is also just regergitated information that almost any other trainer can tell you. I did learn why I was taught what I was in lessons, as when I had lessons it was more of you do this and that but never why.
But the prices on his stuff was just absolutely horrific. $60 for a rope halter?!? Come on people, you seriously buy that. I was amazed at the people walking out of there with bags full of merchandise, seriously?! Also I really hated the constant marketing he had going on throughout the seminar. We left half way through as we had gotten some good info and just could not stand the "breaks" that were filled with marketing ploys for people to buy his crap.
We are starting to look at buying trailers as my bf is getting a new truck next month. We will then be looking at clinics that you can actually bring your horse to and have hands on training and learning. It will cost more but it will definitely be worth my time to actually attend.