I am not parelli affiliated, but I would like to tell a true story about a girl and her horse from my barn.
Sarah was 14 and the crazy and gorgeous Arabian stallion that she shouldn't have fallen in love with was 5. She rode western pleasure well and was completely confident in her ability to train this registered nightmare people could barely lead. NH wasn't on her radar, never had been, she thought it never would be. Their horses were trained and normal... She was a good rider and had lots of help available to her.
Time passed and Z earned the name "Kid Killer" from her Dad. (she laughs about that now)
She was excused from every class she tried to compete in.
Random strangers told her parents to buy her a horse she could actually ride.
Obviously Sarah, at 14 was miserable. She was humiliated and always hurt and often would cry "this horse HATES me"
I can't fathom how, but she wouldn't give up, and she didn't want another horse.
Her parents said if he threw her ONE more time, Z was out. So- She turned to Parelli.
If it hadn't been so publicized and so structured, they wouldn't have found it so easily. They hired a Parelli trainer to work with Kate, and Z caught on.
The horse responded very very well to whatever that particular trainer was doing, and Sarah got to keep Z.
Now Sarah is 24, and Z is 15. (he was gelded at some point)
They are a happy very close pair and this would have been enough..
Interestingly, Sarah ended up taking second at the Arabian Nationals a few years ago.
I know NH "[insert brand name here]" is not widely positively regarded here, and I can understand why.
In my experience, horse people know how to do things. Always. They just KNOW. And they're confident in their way and they should be.
It's one of the things I love about the equestrian world.
First- I think problems happen when horse people tell other horse people how to do things, especially unsolicited.
Second- Marketing is obviously annoying, and cheapens the logo
I am not saying you NEED TO GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND PRACTICE THIS TRAINING OR YOU ARE EVIL. That would be narrowminded and ignorant.
I am not trying to fan a fire.. I just want people to have the chance to read a different view here: that NH/Parelli/whatever can be a great thing for some people, and for some horses, if they choose to do it.
The awful marketing has a flip side! Yes, its annoying and a gimmick etc etc but in Sarah's case, its fame/infamy indirectly saved her relationship with her horse.
I just want to show some good it can bring to people's lives. It's really not all bad, especially for an infectious fad, which it also definitely is!
Ooh I'm kinda scared now to press post.. but I feel like I should do this.
I ask only that this remain a thought-provoking and accepting atmosphere with no flamethrowers! I am also game for discussion as long as it remains polite.