'Do your research. Don't just do it for 30 seconds and be like ok I did it and it didnt work!'
I'm pretty sure doing the program up to level 3 is 'doing your research'. And I never said it was horrible or bad. But in a /serious show context/, not 4-H or C-rated shows, you need your horse to be consistent, not 'be motivated by food' because he's left brained. And no one ever said you have to use harsh methods or harsh equipment to get your horse to be consistent.
I liked Parelli for a lot of things because it gave me a different look at training horses on the ground. But when it comes to riding, I think they need to revamp that a teeny bit. Or a lot, but whatever. You can't sell an entire package on ground work alone, so they started 'changing' the way they rode to give you a reason to stay with Parelli and not go anywhere else.
I remember when I got the Level 2 DVD pack, and I was watching the saddle shim's episode. They had a lady ride her horse in a round pen for like five minutes. This ladies equitation was horrible, she had her hands high enough to almost be level with the horse's ears, she was grabbing with her legs, leaning forwards, and constantly in his mouth. And Linda goes, 'Look how much the saddle hurts him!' or something.
So they make a saddle shim for him (That makes sense... if I had a shoe that was too small, would I put more socks on???), and set the lady off to ride again. The first minute, the horse is still the same. Linda realizes this, and starts telling the woman to relax her arms and legs, put her hands down, give the horse more rein, etc.. And then everyone is SO AMAZED at how the saddle shims work... when really, the problem was with how the woman rode.
This was when I knew that the program was designed to help, and at the same time, designed to keep you buying THEIR products and staying with THEIR methods. It's a business world, not one of sunshine and daises. It costs, what, 25 cents to make a DVD? Then why does a pack of 8 DVDs and two little flimsy books cost 300 dollars?
I enjoyed the program, but I enjoy training with compentent trainers better. I enjoy French Classical schooling and riding better.
I did my research, and sorry... it DOES happen--people leave Parelli. ;)