I consider this a fault of most DVD trainers.
If a large number or percentage of people are not understanding your message, then maybe YOU are part of the problem. If Parelli thinks people are misapplying his teaching, maybe he ought to examine how he teaches.
Most DVD teaching I've seen make it look too easy, and doesn't emphasize how much subtlety goes in to training a horse. If you can't read a horse's body language, your training is going to suck. And the majority of DVD training I've seen doesn't make that point.
If you hire a trainer to work with you, they can show you what they are looking for in the horse's response. And if you spend hours teaching a horse a small thing, you begin to realize that a DVD is highly compressed and usually involves one or two types of horses, at best - but each horse is truly an individual.
I've recently watched a couple of DVDs from Larry Trocha. I think he makes it pretty clear that these are training suggestions, but they don't work on every horse and they don't work in 60 minutes. I haven't watched anything he has on training a colt, because that isn't my need.
Which brings me to another pet peeve: If you are watching a DVD on training a colt, you might want to reconsider training a colt. It is fine to watch one for ideas, but anyone who thinks they can learn how to break a colt from watching a set of DVDs needs to buy a horse with some good training first.
If lots of folks are misapplying your methods, you need to rethink how you communicate and market your method. You are either marketing to the wrong people, or not communicating clearly.
is absolutely right here and its the root of so many problems we're seeing today. This goes right down to basics too - and no doubt will offend a lot of people when I say it - but just because a few people will shoot up their hands and say 'I bought a horse and knew nothing and learnt it all from watching DVD's or Youtube videos and did really well - does not mean everyone will - I would actually say that the majority of people are going to have some major problems and accidents
If you don't know how to put a bridle on a horse or saddle one up or know how to lead it and groom it you shouldnt be buying one - Sorry but really you shouldnt.
After years of riding I want an instructor/trainer on the ground looking at me and telling me what I'm doing right or wrong - can't learn that from videos
If you can learn from PP then fine but it shouldnt come above real life hands on training, it also shouldnt encourage you to buy a horse that's more demanding than you have experience for.
I have looked at some of his stuff and its all so dragged out in places - I feel like the horse would be old and ready to retire before I'd even got half way Pegasus
I know you have a lot of respect for James Roberts but I'd put good money on that he would have been a great horseman without any help from PP - the arrangement just gave him a useful step onto that marketing ladder and I don't blame him for taking it - he was a smart guy and saw an opportunity