You can 'blame' this Mark character all you want, but take a look at what the Parelli's have--Multi-million dollar barns with indoors and acres of pasture, expensive horses, their own tack, clothes, etc. Actually, Pat and Linda only own the land that their ranches are on...Mark owns the barns, the arenas, etc. Their horses aren't that expensive....Pat's super mare Magic was "worth nothing" because she had been to 7 trainers who said she was trash....Casper, his stallion, didn't cost much. Remmer, Linda's warmblood, cost her very little b/c the owner wanted to get rid of him because he was "trying to kill her." Allure cost Linda some b/c of his breeding and athletic capabilities, but to say their horses are expensive is not that accurate.
Halfcircleranch sells the same halters/leads that Parelli does, made out of the very, Exact same materials. I have owned both; Parelli stuff and the HCR stuff... exact same. And at HCR, it is a LOT cheaper. No need to pay the inflated price. ;) No argument there, I buy my halters, leads and reins from a friend of ours who makes the same stuff Parelli does but at a much better price. If you have the ability to get the same stuff for cheaper, by all means go for it!
I've done Parelli, and as I grew as a horse trainer I moved on. It is nice for training trail horses and developing a bond with one horse, but if you're showing and training professionally, you're going to need something else. Care to tell Craig Johnson, Karen Rohlf, Lauren Barwick, Louis Lucio, David and Karen O'Conner and Walter Zettl that?
Parelli horse's are never consistent. ;) I remember watching Linda at a clinic and her warmblood just decided not to jump the barrels and almost dumped her. No reason; he'd jumped them before and jumped them afterward--but in a show scene that inconsistency just isn't worth your safety (or judging, if it's not jumping). How do you know Remmer didn't feel Linda be a tad off balance or not with him? Remmer feels back to Linda beautifully. What do you think Linda should have done? Whack him a good one just b/c he's done it before? Yea, like that would make Rem want to jump for Linda again. In all the years I've gone to see their tour stops I've not once seen Rem refuse a jump. You obviously haven't seen Linda and Rem lately, they are both very consistent and as a team they are beautiful to watch.
Not to mention they fail pretty hard at any kind of true collection--their horses are soft and supple and GREAT for the trail, but don't assume because they look pretty, that they're collected. You keep saying it's great for the trail....again, I'd like you to tell the trainers and Olympic medalists I mentioned above that
Mainly, if you want to follow the program go ahead. It's silly and sometimes funny, and great if you're a trail rider. Another crack at people who do Parelli? Hmm, interesting.
My only word of advice? Skip and forget EVERYTHING Linda says about equitation. They have butched classical equitation SO BADLY that it's a joke.