loosie, I guess you just haven't been lucky. Most I met were very open-minded,
No, your guess is not correct. Know of many openminded ones, but it seems many of the 'big guns', such as Parelli for eg(Mildot, sorry for the sarcasm, I was assuming you realised he & KC LaPierre do indeed have huge followings despite being rather 'narcissistic' as someone put it), want people to follow their complete program, in their manner **if they CHOOSE to become their student**.
I've seen claims that the photos in which he rides in a classical dressage manner with a bridleless horse are actually manipulated and the bits and bridles have just been erased
Yeah, people will 'claim' anything, particularly if they can't work out how to do it themselves. I think those 'claims' are just ridiculous. Wasn't so many years back there were similar 'claims' about Buck Brannaman, Parelli, for eg, because people didn't believe what they saw.
Anyway, as someone put it, 'whatever floats your boat'(I like that saying, BTW
). I find it inspiring to watch the man is all. If you don't, don't watch. If like me, you don't wish to 'adhere' to all his opinions, it's your choice not to become a student of his.