Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I was in between the top two, but voted in the top category just because I have found some of the seven games useful.
I have the halter, lead, and level I pack. I have no intentions of going to clinics, and probably would not buy any of the higher levels.
I use the principal behind the yo-yo game daily to back my horse out of my space. Yes, I know there are other ways to teach this, but it was fun and easy. :)
I use the circle game any time I need to check for soundness, and even when I lunge now - I find it way easier and that the horses get much less excited than in traditional lunging.
Because of parelli, I am now able to ride my stallion in a halter out on open trail. Yes, this can be figured out in ways other than parelli, but parelli gives great tools to be successful doing so. :)
I try to pull knowledge from as many sources as I can, so no, I would not vote that Parelli is full if it. Yes, I think he is running quite a money making racket...and if I could make as much $$ teaching people the basics of horsemanship, I would too!! He may make money from it, but the stuff works on horse and rider.
This winter I spent time watching clinton anderson - got a lot of great stuff there. I am currently watching the josh lyons videos for performance riding - awesome. Point is, the basic concepts mesh between the different trainers to a point where they can help build on each other.
Saying that you would be leery of buying a horse where the person has done parelli because they probably have a screw loose if a little offensive. That is like saying anyone interested in teaching their horse basic ground handling skills and safety has a screw loose. There are many shady horse owners out there, who follow various trainers, or have their own crazy training methods. :) Those are the people I would be leery of - I would not presume to group parelli followers alone into such a category. Would it be a deal breaker in a sale that my 5 year old stallion can be led and handled by a beginner, largely due to the parelli background in his training (coupled with some halter work)? :) :)