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.)
Posted via Mobile Device
I got into Parelli when I started getting interested in horse training over 20 years ago. I found the principles and most of the 'games' to be rather common sense - well, once they were pointed out - and got into it rather fanatically at first. One of his priniciples I agree thoroughly with is not to follow a set of rules 'just because' but to think for yourself & learn when to be, how to be... in any given situation, and to learn from many sources, not just Parelli. So.... I've been 'off the bandwagon' for well over 15 years now, but still have a lot of respect for most of the *basic principles*.
What's wrong with 'PNH' & why do many hate it & 'natural horsemanship'? I think it's mostly to do with perception & experiencing *apparently* 'Parelli' people & horses 2nd & 3rd hand(Mind you, some 1st hand experiences with Parelli instructors & high level 'students' have put me off...). I think it also has a lot to do with people's common approach to embrace something like this fanatically, want to follow a blind faith 'recipe' approach & be unwilling/able to actually analyse what & why they do certain things. Be it Parelli or otherwise, people tend to only want to learn from one source, with easy to follow 'rules' and feel the need of particular 'tools' & tactics just because 'the Guru' uses them.
Of course, there are also legitimately good & bad bits for different people in any method or trainer's teaching, be that to do with principles, techniques, or the trainer's personality & marketing ability - both of the last 2 big ones with Parelli. I don't personally begrudge his making money off people, because if *they want to believe* they need all that equipment & they can afford to buy it, good for Parelli.
I don't know whether he still bothers with this approach, but remember seeing him about 20 years ago & before a break, I was impressed that he gave a really strong lecture on equipment & why while he personally liked certain types, horsemanship is not about the equipment & buying his stuff was neither necessary or helpful of itself. I was amused to see that right after that, there was still a huge rush on the merchandise stall, with people commenting about how they will now be able to 'do Parelli' because they couldn't without the correctly weighted(or whatever) ropes...
Now I must admit, while I still have lots of respect for the basic principles he taught to begin with, these days, I'm disappointed, surprised & sometimes actually horrified by what I've seen them(yes, personally, him or that Linda person) do or say. Occasionally I've 'checked in' in recent years & have found some interesting new stuff, but on the whole, IMPO, seems to be getting crankier as it goes along...