I do find it amusing that the people who say we (general we) are mean to them are the same people that go into the not NH training section and tell us we are mean horrible horse owners who are abusing our horses because we do not play the seven games and use their prescribed NH stuff.
How many times have people been attacked for being 'mean' and 'abusive' by Parelli followers if they don't follow Pat and Linda's approved (on sale for only $2,496.99!!!) methods?
Maybe that's why some of us have such short fuses when it comes to the Parelli 'my way or the highway' attitude of some of their followers.
NH in and of itself has some very good ideas, and I think anyone who has horses incorporates a little of every training method with their animals. It's the ones who say there's only ONE way to train that irritate the snot out of me. And generally, those people are the cult-like Parelli folks.
NH shouldn't be considered a dirty word, but when you put Parelli in front of it I stop listening because I find nothing about the Parellis interesting, new, or informative. I just think of media hype, over priced crap, and some training techniques that are dangerous and stupid.
There's a reason Parelli appeals to the middle aged women afraid of their horses, and the starry-eyed teens who have Black Stallion syndrome. They're playing into people's deepest wants and fears, and telling them that yes, if you follow our methods you'll be a wunderkind trainer and your horsey will loff you forever!