My thoughts? Oh goodness, this might be long lol.
It's an absolutely wonderful program, the best out there IMO. It's way more than riding, as they say. You learn how to be a HORSEMAN, not just someone who rides and shows horses. Anyone can learn how to ride, but it takes a very dedicated person to become a horseman, one who is willing to always think like the horse and to never blame him for acting like a perfect horse.....one who is willing to be uncomfortable while learrning but knows it's for the best of the horse. Parelli teaches you this.
Parelli has identified horse's Horsenalities and has given us strategies to use on each Horsenality, because each horse is different. The idea of this is very innovative and has helped me TREMENDOUSLY....I get results so much faster now.
Parelli teaches you how to read the horse, down to the very very subtle signs of fear, dominance, catatonia, introverted behavior, etc. No one else that I know of teaches you this and what to do about it.
It's really a people training program.....we have to learn how to communicate in a way the horse understands and that is natural to him, and this goes against our natural instincts. I can honestly say that the principles I've learned in the program have transferred over to my personal life and my relationships with people.
Parelli is not for every person (for a lot of reasons, but I'm not sure you want me to go into that), however it is for every horse. Parelli is based on HORSE phsycology, not QH psychology, not trail riding horses psychology, but on HORSE psychology....how horses think, feel, act and play, what's important to them. And really, Parelli is less something you do, and more something you are....you have to think about the true essence of the program. It's something you embody and EMULATE, not imitate (if you want to be good ;)).
Parelli takes you from very beginner to very advanced, studying in 4 Savvies and getting skilled in the fundamentals for performance. Back yard horse owners to world class competitors know the benefits of Parelli. That you can not deny.
As a side note, Linda and Pat have no control over the prices......Mark Wieler owns 51% of the company and that is his doing (and I hate Mark). Linda and Pat need to make a living, but they are not out to scam people, they are out to change the world for horses and the people who love them, to help people live their dreams no matter how big or small, and to develop a partnership with their horses that is based on love, language and leadership IN EQUAL DOSES....and of course fun!
I think I'm done for now lol.