The thing that I dislike about Parelli is the pretence that your horse is just a big dog. MY dogs live in my house...
I don't get the relevance of where your dogs live or that they of course relate differently to a horse. I never got the idea that Parelli treated horses like big dogs at all(have seen him dealing with his dogs once & wasn't impressed... beside the point...) but I disagree with your premise of not playing with a horse, so perhaps that's the difference.
If you're referring to Parelli calling stuff 'games' rather than 'exercises or work', I think the *principle* of this is very much for the *human mindset* as much as for the horse. I am personally into horses because I enjoy their company & what I can do with them. So to me, it's play/recreation & IMO while you need to be a good leader & the horse should be well trained to do as you ask anyway, I also want my company to be 'recreation' for my horse. Be that whether riding, doing tricks or otherwise.
The dogs want to sit on my feet and lean on my leg demanding petting.
Haven't seen Parelli allow a horse to do that!
I personally don't like dogs to do that either.
Game playing does not compute with a horse. A horse wants to knew where he stands in the pecking order. Once he learns a job, he wants to do his job. Period. Playtime is for one horse to play with another horse.
That I disagree thoroughly with. Of course, with a large or small animal, they 'play' very differently & need to learn 'manners' to be safe, as do the handlers need to understand & keep safety in mind.
It always bothered me when I saw Steve Irwin play with his zoo animals, ..."play" with their large or exotic animals in dangerous ways. You can get seriously hurt like this, and I think the Parelli's have contributed to horse accidents.
Steve Irwin... there's one that never grew up!
Then no doubt you have no time for Kevin Richardson - that must make you go cold!
I think there will always be people who want to play with animals, just like there are people who think of everything their horse does as 'work/a job'. I don't know what the figures are, but I'd be willing to bet the stats on injuries while playing v's 'working' wouldn't be that different. There will always be people who play/work with horses in a dangerous, careless, ignorant manner & anyone who can teach people how to 'play safer' is helping rather than hindering IMO.