the NH vogue
I love listening to you all. I tend to agree that PP is not my thing. However, to be honest, I am making a judegment based on very little personal experience. Shame on me!
However, I have to give him and Monty Roberts credit for bringing to the forefront this age old philosophy of horsemanship. It is NOT new. But before those guys brought it to the mass media and the public eye, only a very few people kept this tradition alive. And really, horses are treated a lot, lot better these day overall than they were 50 years ago. There is a general awareness of the potential of human/equine relationship, which was really never explored much in the last 50 years by the vast majority of riders. Now, we have greater concern for the horse's safety, comfort and our sensible control of him, utilizing HIS language over coercive gadgets. This is one of the best things to come out of this vogue.
ANd, frequently because it IS so very prominent, it is the gateway through which many horse owners enter an expanding world of horse/human relationship. Many folks start by following the systemized route offered by Parelli. Later, when the see WHY the games are what they are, they discard what they don't need and seek out greater learning based on observation and dialogue with their horse, rather than on a set program of games, 1, 2, 3 . . .