Years ago I purchased this book: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Horse-Man-Ship-Keys-Horse-Human-Relationship/dp/1585747122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264605597&sr=8-1
Original publication date is '93, this is the '04 edition. This book is pretty good, I have to work a bit to find the "hot button" material subject to so many debates. I may be e-shot for typing this, but many parts read much like some of the Clinton Anderson material that shares a shelf with this book. There are solid descriptions of the techniques, helpful photos and illustrations, and the only Parelli-brand tool that sticks in my mind is the Carrot Stick. No Parelli rope halter, Parelli long/short lines, etc. The only issue with the philosophy laid out in this book that I personally have is that every horse must see every human in every situation as a predator to be feared... but I don't want to debate that point in this thread (if it can be helped). The 7 Games are there, plain as day to those who see, with the hows and whys, but without the shiny package and cute names. It's a "using" book of helpful concepts and exercises that I often read and review, with some interesting tidbits and food for thought.
What happened? Everything since Linda Parelli's reworking of their Level 1 Program is loaded to the gills with fluff and this Freud/Jung-esque psychoanalysis of animals which, by the Parelli's own assertion, cannot think like humans (predators). Logo-emblazoned equipment starts leaking out of the walls, floors, and ceilings.
I'm curious to hear (from both sides) whether anyone else has noticed the "shift" in the programs. Parelli users/trainers, do you approve of the change? Why do you like the new and dislike the old, and vice-versa? Anyone else have a similar dissonance going on between the old and new Parelli's? Was Pat Parelli "wrong" in the early 90's, or is it "growing"? Obviously they have had a net gain in business, but was anyone disappointed in the newer system?
I'd like to hear your opinions on this topic I've been debating to myself for a while now. Of course, at the end of the day, good horsemanship is good horsemanship, and the proof is in the pudding.