Today was my first day of the Horse and Soul Tour and my REAL exposure to the Parelli business model. I have a lovely young woman that comes out to my barn every week and has helped me learn how to be a better, more in tune, more educated, responsive, and intelligent horse owner with her ground work teachings. Now, all of this being said, I come from about 20 years of the idea that: when a horse "acts up" you just simply tie his head to his chest and work him until he's frothing. So when I bought my second horse, whom had YEARS of unpleasant issues that he'd acquired, I decided that there had to be something better than hiring someone to beat my horse in to submission.
I was truly in awe of how amazing the Natural Horsemanship methods worked for me and my horse. He is a different horse because of the help i've had of the trainers around me. So with great excitement I decided to attend the Horse and Soul Tour. So far, I feel a little betrayed. I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I can tell you for sure, I wasn't expecting hours of marketing, media, and intelligent ways of getting people to quickly part with their money. People explained to me that their schooling program with Pat, can be upwards of 20 grand. Is that a joke?!
I understand he is a business person, and he has to make a living, just as the rest of us do... and he's offering a service, and people are willing to pay... But a part of me feels like I was told I would meet the messiah of the horse world, only to find a corporate fat cat with a mustache and a cowboy hat. I would love other opinions here. As this is my very first experience outside of the comfort of my own personal trainers.