I tried Monty Roberts before I started Parelli. Yea you can get the horse to face you and follow you around, drive and draw basically, and you get an understanding of the drive line, but for me it didn't give me that relationship I was looking for with my horse.
How familiar are you with the Parelli program? Are you familiar with the new Horsenality chart and all the new things Parelli has recently come out with? We DO work with the horse's true nature, that of a prey animal, but for safety reasons the human does have to be the leader in the relationship. If your horse is pushing on your space and being rude about it we can not say, "Oh sugar, please don't do that." The horse needs a coil down the rope to say "Get outta my space." So in that situation, no, there is no compromise because my safety could be at stake in the future. But that doesn't mean I dictate my horse. There are certain things the horse has to understand and respect, like my space, but at the same time there are things I need to respect about him, like his instinct to act like a prey animal and to not blame him for this. I have to be sensitive to that.
In a way you could say we get our horses to act the way we want them to.....we get them to be calm, trusting, obediant, responsive, sensitive, curious, playful, expressive, soft, light......you get the picture
Who doesn't want that out of a horse?