LOL, that's true. . .though the creators of that web site don't have the same audience of starry-eyed followers who will pay $100+ for a lunge line.
It's not a lunge line nor do we lunge our horses. The circling game is entirely different than lunging. And as many have stated, Pat Parelli does NOT control prices the other guy does (his name escapes me) and prices aren't upped that much, I've gotten stuff directly from the company that makes the stuff for Parelli...my 12 ft lead was only $20 less than what it was on the Parelli website. I've never once seen a store not up the price at least by 35%...and even when it says 50% off...they are STILL making money off of it. It's a business, yes, just like Toys R Us or different stores.
A while ago I watched a couple of Parelli's videos online, just youtube stuff people posted from his events. Maybe he actually does do teaching with individuals and their horses, but it seemed like the only clips of him involved showy circus tricks or a bunch of his students shaking overpriced carrot sticks at their own horses while the crowd watches in awe.
And as I've stated, Parelli is just a name, it's the actions speak. Anyone can call themselves a Parelli follower, but does not mean that they are one. Go and look at the videos of (youtube usernames) byhispirit, savvysundance, and I can give alot more good students that know what they are doing and are well on their way to becoming great teachers (I hope they both become Parelli Professionals)
I've found something interesting about some of his followers. On other forums, the hardcore Parellites occasionally make negative comments about the use of spurs (in general).
The "hardcore Parellites" know that spurs are for refinement. THey might make negative comments on the use of spurs when people use them wrong, but I see everyone here doing it if someone is doing that with a bit. There is nothing wrong with spurs if you know how to use them and use them for refinement. They should not be used to get a horse to go.
According to them, spurs are a old-fashioned training instrument, more like a torture device. Just to prove a point, a few people chime in with horror stories about seeing riders' spurs leave bloody marks on their mount.
Yes for the people that over use them, that is all true, for people that do not know how to use spurs they ARE a torture device. Just like a bit. ALL bits are soft in the right hands...but even a simple loose ring snaffle can be torture in the wrong hands.
If anyone tries to clarify that spurs, when used correctly, are not cruel and are no more than an aid, the starry-eyed followers hold fast to their belief that spurs are totally unnatural and that any use of them is cruelty. Not surprisingly, these are generally the same people who brag about the horse they've been "training" for three years but they're still too scared to get on its back. . .
I'm sorry but I'm a "hardcore Parellite" as you call us, and I am fine with spurs AS LONG AS they are used correctly and not used by an inexperienced or just a cruel person. And imo any Parelli student that does say differently I'd also not agree with....Pat Parelli uses spurs when he rides Magic, his main mare...he uses them as refinement and knows how to use them properly.
Do I use spurs? No...I have not tried them nor do I plan on it. I "know" how to use them (the idea) but never used them.
Lo and behold, someone points out a promotional video in which Lord Parelli himself is riding with *gasp* spurs. Suddenly, the followers rush to defend him and his spur-wearing ways. He knows how to use them, he's not really kicking the horse with them, just giving the horse light leg cues.
And alot of people know how to use them correctly, but I have also seen alot of "rough and tough cowboys" that turn a good refinement aid into a torture device as he kicks the horse to go with the sharp spurs on and then wonders why the horse misbehaves.
It really is pretty funny to watch them backpeddle. . .
Parelli students that know the program, and understand the fundamentals would have answered the same way as I have. Spurs are not a bad torture device in good hands, but they ARE in bad hands (errr feet in this instance). I have hundreds of friends that are Parelli students, and I know none would be anti-spurs if they are used for what they are meant to be, a refinment tool for cues.
Sadly I know and have seen many people not use spurs correctly and that's when it gets into being cruel and torture.
The bit is only as soft as the hands ;)