On the Parelli items, you pay for quality...they are all extremely well made. That's one of the reasons they are so expensive. I've been through 2 off brand carrotsticks. The first one snapped in half (the actual stick), then the rope on the second one broke and the leather strap came off the stick. (not fun when I was riding with the string around his neck *shudders* lol he didn't do anything bad, just thought that he could be in control then
But I do second (as I said before) the Halfcircleranch.com and ebay
. You can get some good deals there
I'm 100% Parelli methods, I tried incorperating other methods in (I tried some CA, the join-up guy...can't remember his name...sorry way too early in the morning for me, and then some of Chris Cox). My horse did not like the mix, but other horses may.