Okay, this thread is already taking a turn towards what I believe the OP wasn't going for. Why does every single Parelli thread have negativity on it, when some don't even start with it? The OP was sharing her positive experience and people are already bringing negativity on it. Smh.
Because more often than not, riders who find Parelli are in the earlier stages of their journeys with horses, and the Parelli program seems to be quite different, and promise things that sound very exciting and enticing. They are! and to someone new to horses, it might seem as if what PP is showing is somehow unique and a gateway to a new and exciting connection with the horse, something they did not realize was possible. AND, critical to PP as opposed to many other trainers, he has made a very good system of breaking down the training into "moves", with names that make them appealing, and each can be done seperately from teh other, so that teh person feels a lot of "success" , being able to accomplish the Squeeze game, or some other named step.
the thing is, they then feel so pleased with that , that they want to revel in it, and give Parelli credit, as if he , alone, really knows how to train horses and the games are something new, that he discovered and shared with them.
people who have had a bit more time with horses start to see the universialit of horse training. That PP did not invent any of the things he teaches (something he himself often is clear to admit).
They know that the first things you learn are just that, the first, and that you should not assume that it's the end, that's it's all you'll need to know, which is an attitude I have felt from many Parelli folks. Like they've found El Dorado. If , after some years of learning and trying different things, you still feel that Parellis is the best, that's great, but don't assume you've found it, when you haven't even looked very far.
the other thing that brings out negativity from experienced hrose people toward Parellis is that because the program lays things out in a step by step approach, so very comprehensible and achievable by begginers, it doesn't always explain WHY you do a certain thing the way you do, and what to look for when doing it to show that you are improving your horse, training him to be a better mount People end up spending SO much time focussing on how THEY do such and such a step, they forget to watch what their hrose is doing, and HOW HE is doing it.
So, they have him back up off the wiggle, many many times, but how did he back up? they don't really notice, nor care. THEY completed the task, and getting up the steps is what matters, not whether or not your horse is changing for the better, or . . .worse. And done poorly , which is what happens when folks have tunnel vision and are just thinking, "now I wiggle three times, then wave the stick three times , then . . " , like following the instructions in a recipe. they completely lose track of the hrose, and the horse makes a very poor response to their wiggle, but they accept that. NExt time, it takes that much more "wiggling" to get the same poor response. Dulling down. and so on. That is not training a horse up, it's training them down.
Unfortunately, the very begginner crowd that finds the step by step process "doable" does not know what the steps are meant to achieve and where they are going, and they often end up training a hrose that is dull, pushy and bored.
That's why many people who have seen Parelli horses , or even done it some and then moved on, can have a negative attitude.
If it were done correctly, with help from a good trainer who keeps you focussed on the horse, his response and what you are working toward, it can be successful. I have seen it.