Originally Posted by wild_spot
And again, we see the attitude that alienates so many from Parelli. Those who do things differently aren't doing the right thing by their horses.
I have to agree with this. You say your horse meets you 1/2 way and perks up. Heck every horse I own except my 29yo broodmare meets me at the gate ready to put their head in their halter. Not a rope halter but a regular old nylon halter. They are more then willing and eager to go to work. They have great work ethics. I can pull any one of them including my stallion out of the pasture even after a year of not riding toss a saddle on and do any thing with them. From the show horses to the greenies. They except the saddle with out having to be presented with the blanket and saddle before hand. They eat the bit with out being asked. They love to work they love to go and show. They have proven in front of their peers that they know their job and do it well. There is a tangible result for their training.
There is no one right or wrong way to train a horse. What I find off about a lot of the off the shelf trainers is that the people who get into all of that stuff seem to get off track in some ways. I have no problem with people who want to work with and train their horses. I start all mine and once they are done showing with the trainer I maintain them and show them myself. However for me. The proof is in the pudding so to speak. I want to see with an unbiased eye by some one who is accredited in my discipline to evaluate what my horse can do. I understand that not everyone wants that. However when it comes down to it that is the only way do evaluate your horse against anouther horse in that event and then down the road prove it. So for me as a breeder I find that very very important. Again if all you wish to do is ride. Then this might not be important. Have fun and enjoy. Just know that down the road if you need to find a new human for your horse he/she might now work every well for them.