Most people with legitimate training methods point to their teachers and their teacher's resumes. The Parelli's pretend to have a direct line to a horse's brain.
Smells like snake oil salesman.
I don't like the way people who buy into their method don't really learn to deal with horses, and I cannot recommend their method. I learn things by watching programs by most of the other tv trainers. I recognize that their horses are calm and obedient. I've been in horses long enough--28 years of owning/training--to see what I like. I am willing to try new things that I see, like restarting a horse to a bridle with a soft, cotton lead rope, and I finally understand how to move a horse out on a lunge bc of some of these trainers. When I see them do something with a horse that I'd like to do, I pay attention. I also recognize when I see them train with something I happened upon, like the one-rein stop, which I learned to do with a troublesome horse a LONG time ago, without anybody's method to teach me.
I've watched several Parelli programs. I don't see anything I wish to duplicate.
Isn't it interesting how two people can watch the same thing and come to completely different conclusions? Like the old cliche of the 3 blind men describing an elephant...remember that one?
Because what I've seen is that the Parelli's--esp. Pat DO point to their teachers and their teacher's 'resumes',,,Linda , so far as I know , points mostly to Pat, but then if you follow the trail, that is indirectly pointing to Ray Hunt, both the Dorrances, and other's, as well. Smells like someone giving credit where credit is due to me.
I can, and do , respect if the Parelli methods arent' something you wish to duplicate or recommend. No one method is right for everyone. In fact, Pat encourages his students to study other clinicians, after they have acheived a good foundation. He does encourage students to only follow one clinician initially to minimize confusion on the part of the student. I'm curious, does Clinton Anderson encourage his students who have gone beyond the foundational studies,,,to study other clnicians? Seriously, I'd like to know if this is common practice. I have no idea
As to your not liking the way "people who buy into their method don't really learn to deal with horses", I'd really , reallllllly like to know who, and how many Parelli students or instructors you have observed, because this is not my experience at all. Also, we must keep in mind that all proclaimed students of any clinician may , or may not truly be following his/her methods and thererfore may be/maybe not representative of the success of their methods. However, that's your opinion and/or experience, and I'm not trying to change your mind. I can ,however, with great sincerity, promise you that I've seen some truly awesome 'dealing with horses' by students and instructors alike.
On a side note, this past weekend a friend of mine and I were playing with our horses at liberty in a 150 x 100 paddock. At one point, I suddenly realized there were 2 people at the fence watching us,,,a little later there were 3. They must have watched us for 20-30 minutes,and I'm 100% sure they came to the barn that day to ride their own horses, not to watch someone else. In fact they watched until we re-haltered our boys and left the paddock. I guess they wouldve watched as long as we kept playing....horses stuck to us like glue, softly following our suggestions to figure 8 around cones, weave thru poles, jump barrels, stand all 4 feet on pedestals, trot shoulder to shoulder with us, halt and back up...fun stuff! They went on and on about how awesome it was, how much they enjoyed. I'm thankful that we were able to be good ambassadors of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, and we never even mentioned the "P" word that day. Perhaps, though, at some future encounter, they might just ask me 'how do you do THAT with your horse", and it will be my great pleasure to give credit where credit is due and mention Pat and Linda Parelli.
I'm very sure that with your 28 years of being around horses, you have an awful lot you could share with me and teach me a lot of good stuff !! I would like that.