The gimmick-y NH of trainers like Parelli and Clinton Anderson, ect, I think, is just a way to dumbie proof things for people. And you can't really argue with that.
Before the recession, the number of equine households was on the rise. I remember many years ago reading an article that there was actually a push to raise interest in Equine activities in American homes. Don't know about other areas of the world, but the intent was to raise it by 2%. I am sure that has been reached, if not by more. Granted, now-a-days, you might go on vacation and come home to a new horse on your pasture. Its a sad reality, but I digress....
These little gimmicks (DVDs, Carrot sticks, Handy sticks, giant red Parreli balls, ect) just give the newbies out there a path to follow, because lets face it, everyone wants to be a trainer. I had to chuckle a little bit when I really thought about it, NH gimmicks kind of remind me of Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers was designed for people who can't (or wont) count calories or watch their portion sizes. Its a dumbie proof calorie counting systems with little books and calculators and point systems. Instead of saying you can eat 1500 calories a day, you get 25 points. And people LOVE this stuff! People buy the books and calculators and brand named foods with the points already tallied for them. Its crazy!
However, I lost 55lbs on weight watchers so I must say sometimes the gimmick works. I pretty much trained my horse myself and I don't own a "carrot stick" and I don't watch "Downunder Horsemanship" telecasts. I just use regular old common sense. But for some people, they like the contructed set up. Which is why people see results in things like weight watchers. There really isn't anything wrong with the system. I just comes down to if you want to do it your way, or theirs. They both can work if done correctly.
I feel I got off topic there. But I find this thread intriguing. I think I will subscribe!!