My 2 cents on Mr & Mrs Parelli. First off, I am not meaning to offend anyone on here who DOES like Parelli, and second off...I'm am not in the whole NH movement to begin and probably shouldn't be posting in the NH section. It is not my intention to come in and cause discord.
The Parelli system is flawed. For a system that is SUPPOSED to be so basic, how come people get it so wrong. On other forums, when Parelli comes up and I relate my experiences with Parelli followers and their horses, the response I get it..."well, they aren't doing Parelli correctly." Well why is that? If the majority of people are getting it "wrong"...then what does that say about his system??
As for "asking" my horse permission to ride....LOL. I tack up I ride, there is no conversation about it. Like..."gee, Sidney, would you rather hang out in your stall and eat hay today?" The whole permission thing is comical. And the "horse-anilities? LOL
The biggest thing I DO NOT like about Parelli, is that neither of them can really ride worth a lick. They DO NOT train/teach balanced/centered riding and how to get a horse to use it's body. Since Mrs Parelli has been dabbling in Dressage, she actually has the gumption to ADVERTISE and MARKET publically....that SHE has discovered the secret for getting a horse "on the bit." I mean come on!!!! I saw it with my own two eyes on a website, and if you send a gazillion dollars before midnight tonight, YOU TO can learn her secret. Laughable.
And lastly, my horse was trained the old fashioned way by a conventional trainer. I can do SMS without a halter and I ride him bridleless once a week in lessons with my trainer; walk, jog, lope, circles, 360's, back ups etc. I do the bridleless because he will perform just with seat and leg. And let's face it folks, our hands are our worst enemies. It just reinforces the OTHER two aids. He's a WP horse that has been trained to the hilt the correct way; without abuse, torture, playing "games" etc. And he does it happily. Here's pics from last week....at the jog: