Originally Posted by Spirithorse
One of the main reasons Parelli doesn't hand feed you their information, besides Level 1, which they do hand feed you that, is because they want their students to become independent learners so we don't have to rely on others to make progress. Do I like this at times? No, but it's making me think by myself and for myself and making me figure things out on my own. I think this makes you a better student in the long run. Someone isn't always there holding my hand, this makes it harder on the student (one reason why I think some people don't like the program) but IMO it makes you a better horse person.
I'm sorry, I feel the need to butt in here again.
I think for myself - I don't and didn't have a trainer holding my hand as you put it; my trainer was really hard on me, and made me think out solutions... but she was there to correct me when I messed up.
I think I'm a better horseperson for it. I was lucky, my parents (God bless them) put me through over 14 years of one-on-one lessons, and I would not trade that for the world.
Honestly, there are some things that just don't click unless you have someone on the ground who can see what you're doing wrong.
I wasn't swaddled through my riding career. I worked for my horse, I didn't get a push-button pony that just cantered a nice course; my first horse was barely green broke, and she tossed me off at least once per ride for the first year I owned her. But, with the help of my trainer, she turned out well.
I could not see myself being anywhere near the level of knowledge that I have now if I had been trained by DVDs - what if you have to think outside the box? I've pulled from all my different trainers and have compiled a HUGE list of training tools which I can use with different horses; it seems to me that Parelli says "try the games" for almost every problem out there.... it's a blanket approach. Sure, sometimes it might work, but there are many problems out there that the basic games won't fix.
That is my rant. I'm sorry if I stepped on some toes, but this has gotten to me. Mods, feel free to modify as needed.
TO THE ORIGINAL POSTER:
If you can't take lessons for whatever reason, then instructional books and DVDs are great - but I highly recommend not just sticking to one single method. Once you have enough experience, you should be able to pull information from all different methods and figure out what works for a particular horse.
Sally Swift is an amazing author, you should check her out :)
I work in a tack shop that has some great instructional books out there that cater to different disciplines - let me know what you want and I'll take a look and see what books would best suit you.
Best of luck!