I actually don't dismiss ALL of the Parelli doctrine, but I do have very large reservations about novice people investing extraordinary amounts of money in hugely overpriced books, videos and training aids.
I completely agree with everything that GH just said and would like to add my own thoughts to what I quoted above.
No matter how many DVDs you buy and Parelli chat rooms you visit, they absolutely cannot
replace hands-on help because most people without horse experience (which is who he tends to cater to) cannot truly make the connection between what they are seeing on the video and what their own horse is doing.
On nearly every video most of the BNTs put out where they are standing there as a trainee works with their horse, the BNT tells them "Okay, put pressure here and when the horse does this, release all pressure. If he doesn't do this with the first level of pressure, give him more and more pressure until he does
Video proceeds with the trainee applying initial pressure that is either way too weak or way too strong...get corrected by BNT...apply pressure that either doesn't escalate at all or escalates too quickly and doesn't give the horse a chance to respond before the level goes up to 10...get corrected by the BNT...when they finally get the pressure level and escalation correct and the horse responds appropriately, they don't release pressure, even with BNT talking in their ear saying "okay, he responded, stop pressure...Stop Pressure...STOP NOW!"
If they can't get the pressure and release correct with the trainer right there talking in their ear, how many of those people do you really think are getting it correct by sitting and watching a DVD and then going out to try to figure it out for themselves all by their lonesome?
It takes years
to develop the proper timing and feel to be effective at training a horse to do much of anything...and that's if you have a proper trainer there that can tell you exactly what to look for and the exact moment that it happens so that you can learn to recognize the feel of it instead of running on guesstimation.
importantly, the trainer can help you in the moment when things don't exactly go according to plan. Not every horse is going to respond the same way as the ones in the videos and when one doesn't, you're just stuck until you can get some other specialized video in the mail that may or may not correct the problem.