I agree that there is more than one way to "skin a cat." There are a lot of good horseman and woman out there that offer the horse a pretty good deal. But I always ask myself, "What are they missing? Is this truly THE best deal for the horse?" I think that if you are truly dedicated to getting your HORSEMANSHIP down to an art this is a question you should ask yourself. If you do then that means you are wanting to put your horse first in every manner. You want the best for the horse. But in all honesty, I can watch other clinicians, big name or not, and spot holes in their program. Like Sonny said about Clinton, he treats every horse the same. You can not do that. I know some people say that Parelli is guilty of this too, but those people obviously don't know much about the program.
I actually stopped parelli altogether for a few months. I went to a clinic of another clinician, not one of the big name ones, and the way he put things put doubt in my head about what I had been doing. Unfortunately I bought into his nonsense and my relationship suffered. I did his exercises, on the ground and riding, I e-mailed him a lot, took a lesson with him.....and my horse stopped running to me, his attitude became grumpy, he didn't want to play, he pretty much didn't want anything to do with me. So I started Parelli again and of course my horse started running to me again and everything was back to normal. We were having fun again.