Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
An unarmed man HOPES he lives in a civilization.
An armed man carries civilization with him.
Not sure, tho, how that impacts Parelli or Anderson.
However, someone starting out shouldn't be training horses. I write that fully understanding that I unknowingly bought one with minimal training, and have spent 4+ years trying to get out of that hole. However, in my defense, I did hire a trainer, because I wasn't up to it and no book or DVD would get me up to speed.
Ideally, you start with a well trained horse and learn to ride. You don't do that in months, but years.
Then you start do minimal training - maybe teaching a young horse that is broken but unbalanced to balance better. And you take on more and more teaching opportunities, until you know enough to try training your first horse. Then you do that, WITH HELP. Even so, it probably won't be pretty.
Then you work your way up in experience and the level of skill needed.
That doesn't mean that a DVD or book can't give you ideas, provided you know your limitations. If you don't know your limitations, or if many students apparently don't, then the DVDs need to address that issue.
I bought some DVDs from Larry Trocha on both some basics and on good stops. Mia is pretty well behaved, but when she gets wound up and galloping with another horse, she doesn't stop for squat. And after watching just part of the DVD, I can see how I've screwed up. I was putting so much emphasis on getting her used to going out on the trail that I let her get sloppy about stops. Yes, she stops...but not as cleanly and promptly and completely as she could. And if I understand Larry Trocha's point, a horse that doesn't stop perfectly at a walk or trot isn't going to stop for squat when they are wound up and galloping.
After 5 years with horses, mostly with Mia, that is about the most advanced training I'm willing to undertake - to try to get a better stop from her at all times. For all I know, CA or Parelli might have DVDs that would have also given me some good ideas. But I've got 5 years behind me now, and have worked with trainers watching me, and I'm only going to try something very simple now. And if I run into problems, I won't hesitate to ask for help - from a breathing person watching what we're doing.
Horses are neat creatures. They deserve good training, from someone with the background to give it. IMHO.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."