08-10-2012, 06:14 PM
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The simple fact is that MOST people out there are not trainers. They just own and ride horses and the way the big trainers market their techinques I don't think should be critisized. It has helped alot of people break away from the old ways of dominating the horse and forcing it to go along with our human ideals of what an animal should be, and learn new, better ways of working with them.
Alot of people aren't going to be willing to spend a bunch of money to go and see something or learn from someone who's way of working with horses they may not agree with.
This is where the books and DVDs come in hand. Most people pick them up from friends and that is how the bug is started. Then they can progress at their own pace and if they really get into it, can go further and pursue an actual NH trainer. If they don't, then there are no regrets or wasted time.
I know several trainers who use some NH stuff, but operate on much of the old ways of breaking horses as well.
The way I see it is that if it works for you, try it. If not, then do it your own way but don't judge something that has been proven to work for others.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
As for me, I came into it a few years ago when I purchased a Parelli book from a tack shop as a bit of reading material for a long drive. Had no clue what it was about but it had to do with horses so it had to be good lol.
Afterwards I went onto their site and ordered one of the smaller DVDs and have been hooked since. I've recently started a new 2-year-old through the program and we are doing fantastic. It works for me and i'm going to continue with it.