Let me start by saying I don't follow -any- Big Name Trainer, so im not being bias ^^
As far as the Big Name Trainers go... I don't think any of their methods are "wrong". Some of their methods just aren't for everybody. When I was brought up with horses, my trainer had me adopt the "Be the Boss" mentality because, quite frankly, horses are too big and too dangerous to try to be simply their "equal" (plus they weigh 1,500 pounds... they automatically will never be equal to you). Now, just because a handler chooses to be the boss does not by any means mean they cannot be their horse's friend... you can still command respect and have a horse that loves you =)
I'm sure parelli himself knows the fine line between a friendly respectful horse, and one that is spoiled/coddled over/frustrated. Its a matter of if he can teach his followers to notice the difference. That's what makes a trainer ;D
With the Big Name Trainers, they aren't for everybody. Parelli doesnt teach the "wrong" way, because obviously his method works for -him-. Now, if his followers horses are pushy, mean, etc. then they aren't doing his training right, because im sure no Big Name Trainer made it this far if he encourages a pushy nasty horse behavior. If Clinton Andersons followers horses are skiddish, headshy, etc. that doesn't mean Clintons methods are wrong, just that the owner isn't training the horse up to Clintons specs..
I hope that clarifies a little bit =)
Last edited by Skippy!; 03-25-2009 at 07:30 AM.
Reason: Added a small thought :p