I just skimmed the recent replies but as it was said idk HOW many times, not all Parelli follower and none that I know think that if you don't do parelli your abusing your horses. -.-!
And part of the program is learning WHY! You are doing what you are doing. Why you are disengaging there hind end etc. Its all part of the learning!
Lungeing is mircromangaging the horse, not allowing them to think about what gait to maintain... they are just told to continue the second they even LOOK like they might break. With the circle game the horse has a responsablity to maintain gait/direction without you standing there stareing at them and pushing them forward continuously. Lunging has its purposes, and so does the circle game. Neither one is better or worse for the horse. Both can be hard on the joints.
then she decided she might have a rest under a tree 'cowboy style'. So.... she ties her horse TO HER LEG!! (because Parelli says her horse won't spook now that it's trained properly) and goes to sleep
ANYONE!!!!! Who does this is just plan STUPID!!! Why blame the program for her stupidity?! Pat nor Linda EVER tell you its okay to tie your horse to the leg!
And the program does work for all horses, some its a little more of a Challenge with. But if the owner sticks with it and takes the time to learn what their individual horse needs it WILL work.
Parelli ISNT the only way, im still learning about different methods and working on learning as much as I can....so that means studying other trainers. But I do mainly parelli with my 2 horses. Chance is at least a level 2/3 on ground, and one of the best mannered horses at the barn and very respectful of humans and I can so anything and everything with her. She use to be one of those horses who everyone said needed to be put down etc. Everyone whos see's her now is literally in shock and can't even believe that changes she has made.
Little is just starting in the program and its a horribly dominate towards humans [kicks out, swings his head at you, agressive] but he's already making changes, maybe not fast as i'd but he's more respectful then he use to be.