My mother knew parelli back in 74 when he was a roper haha he was just as gregarious then, but all that aside.
Find a book called True Unity from Tom Dorrance, its a bit of a tough read because its conversationally written. There you will understand where all those guys got their foundations.
But if you decide to buy a video you probably need just one and remember everyone's method works because its basically the same just each guy has branded it different. That being said if you like the way Parelli, Chris Cox, Clinton, Craig Cameron or even Ken McNabb puts forth the info i'd go with their video.
Just remember those guys put in years and make it look easy but not to worry with time and patience you will learn as your horse learns. Not to get frustrated when your horse wont move like theirs will after 5 minutes, its a learning to communicate process.
Parelli was the beginning of my nh education. It was the foundation that eventually sent me on a journey of nh and I have never looked back. No, I don't like Pat a whole lot. I've "jettisoned" a lot of it, kept the bits that worked for me and my horses. The horsenality part did help me understand my horses ennate characteristics and how to work with them. No horse is one horsenality, and you WILL see all four at any given time. Knowing how to deal with the different "moods" of a horse is pretty important. I can look at just about any horse now and know where he's coming from. There's nothing unimportant in knowing your horse better. For the Parelli's to even attempt to box and educate millions of back yard horse owners (most owning horses that never should have bought) is a monumental achievement. It's a good place to start, especially if you can't afford to go to a clinic. Having help, is like gold. How to hold the rope, timing and feel can't be easily learned via dvd. I've moved on, but will always value Parelli as the beginning of my journey. Remember, if your gut or your horse tells you this doesn't feel right, don't do it. I like Carolyn Resnick's water hole rituals quite a bit. Much more instumental in getting my horses mind and respect. Whr's taught me how a horse thinks, and why they do what they do. Carolyn has an excellant on line class, and she is very involved with her students. Good luck and keep it natural! Deb
When I bought my horse, he was absolutely rank. I can honestly say that I had no clue what I was doing with a 1000 pound horse that was frightened, reactive, and dangerous on the ground. I hired a Parelli trainer to simply help me better understand why my horse was the way he was, and how I could better handle him. It was, honestly, the very best decision I could have ever made for him and for myself. I continued to keep him in training with my regular trainer, and every thursday the Parelli trainer would come out and work with us. I never stopped riding my horse, although the NH trainer encouraged me to.
Long story short, I took what I wanted from the NH stuff, and left the rest.