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    12-07-2013, 11:17 PM

I've heard lots on how the Parelli methods are no good, but I want to know exactly how. What do they do that's wrong? Why are they disliked so much? (I am not trying to stand up for them, I really have no clue about any of this and I'm just curious.)
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    12-08-2013, 06:56 AM
Every trainer has their good points and their bad points. Every individual sees different good points and different bad points based upon their own opinion on what should and shouldn't be done. To me I believe the opinion that matters the most is the opinion of the horse that's being taught, keeping in mind that each horse is as different as we are from each other and not every method works on every horse.
There is a video on YouTube of Pat working with a horse, the video is called something like 'Parelli abuses horse at 'Catwalk'". I won't post a link to it here because it seems to always spark arguments between people. The motive of the video is to get people to dislike Parelli, but the problem with it is it's cut into tiny bits and pieces and they only show the bad points, and the explanation as to what went on during the cut parts are based upon only what the uploader said happened.This was a clinic they were at, and apparently they were so disgusted that they left before it was over, so they never actually even saw the entire thing.
Never the less, the sketchiness leaves a lot of things in the video questionable and debatable, but many who have seen it have chosen to hate Parelli solely based upon that video.
I know another reason that people don't like him is because of his marketing.
Other than that I don't fully know why people don't like Parelli.
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    12-08-2013, 07:29 AM
He has some good ideas and some bad. As with every trainer take on board what you like and discard the rest.
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    12-08-2013, 07:30 AM
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    12-08-2013, 11:08 AM
I think a lot of folks get turned off by the marketing. I get turned off by the way it is marketed to newbies...come across as, "Build a bond with your horse and be safe" instead of emphasizing training and admitting that newbies shouldn't train a horse apart from their daily handling.
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    12-08-2013, 11:26 AM
The only thin I really follow with Parelli is the groundwork - their groundwork techniques are excellent and work very nicely when used correctly! But the rest of the time I follow Buc Brannaman and find my own techniques.
    12-08-2013, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
I think the Parelli methods are just a bunch of fluff, and not all of them are safe. That's why I'm not a big fan.
    12-08-2013, 04:19 PM
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The most important thing w/ all these trainers is that you don't drink the kool aide.

One of the reasons I'm not a big fan is because they've basically take traditional training methods and added their own little spin and given them and name and commercialized. The fans and followers tend to behave like brainwashed cult members. (not all but many)....

I have actually seen things that were done buy Linda Parelli (badly - she doesn't have the grasp her husband has) and been able to actually learn from her. Seeing her over exaggerate methods and stumble through them somehow has gotten the point across to me and I've been able to take away from it.

The thing about these trainers is that you take what you can and you leave the rest and know that they will never replace a physical in your presence trainer...
    12-08-2013, 05:07 PM
Green Broke
I really have nothing against the Parelli's. I do have issues with their method. It is confusing. I don't want to become a psychiatrist to train horses. The left brain right brain introvert extrovert garbage.
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    12-08-2013, 05:40 PM
The pricing of the carrot stick....and 45-65 bucks for a rope halter? Really? I can buy a piece of nylon rope and tie it myself and be able to still take the family out to dinner.

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