Del, Exactly...PP's system is a step-by-step process and won't work unless your horse passes all of the test and so on and so forth... I also think that I would like to have a hands on trainer help my horse and I. PP doesn't know me, my horse, or our "problems". A dvd can't help you with everything and some of his things just will NOT work with certian horses. I've went to one of his clinics with a friend and the whole time was "you should have my carrot stick for this, and you should have my special lead because of this, don't forget to get your special halter before you leave"...I am not a huge fan of NH to begin with. Yes, I agree, there are some good ideas and people can benefit from those ideas. But, I'm not going to try to train my horse myself using a dvd and hoping it works. I would rather have a hands on trainer who knows my horse and I and can help us with what WE need...
That's actually not true. It's in step-by-step format to break it down so that it's easier to understand but you do not have "pass all the tests" for it to work or for you to move on. The idea is to take the pointers and apply them as needed.
This is why NH doesn't work for everyone because there are individuals who cannot think outside the box. They believe they have to follow everything in the exact order it's shown and when it doesn't work they get frustrated.
These are the people who need a trainer's advice all the time
. And ALL trainers make money this way. I've met regular horse trainers in the area who insist that you learn their way of doing things because they know you and your horse better than anyone else. It's nice to have advice but it's better to be able to take that advice and do things yourself in the long run.
And as for selling carrot sticks - every single NH trainers out there has their own line of products they promote. They all insist that you use a stick (and they're all the same, just with different names). But they don't say "if you don't us MY products then it won't work."
Of course Parelli isn't going to tell you to follow his program but go and buy Clinton Anderson's handy stick or Stacy Westfall's halters.
It's up to YOU what you want to use and it's your own fault if you fall for the marketing sceme that ALL business's use.