Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
One of the biggest issues with the PP program is the 'my way or the highway' theory. The constant 'this program is all you need and anyone can train anything using it'.
I agree. PP and PP followers tend to be, "This is the only way" and look down on anyone who doesn't follow PP to the "T". Well, PP, just with anything should be taken with a grain of salt. There are many good instruction on how to connect and understand horse language and how to build some practical foundational skills. There are some good techniques that can go hand in hand with more traditional riding. These techniques are the same throughout all of natural horsemanship. I have been using PP and CA for years and have built a better relationship with my horses. I think that PP is overpriced and he can be hard to understand (what's with all that alliteration!)
I have met many people who hate parelli, but those same people considered problem horses unfixable. I have also met some people who swore by parelli and gave me funny looks that my rope holter isn't the parelli brand (puh-lease). Many strictly parelli people are timid and focuse too much on getting to the goals that they forget to enjoy the ride and remember why they want a horse in the first place.
Don't loose your focus and remember to love your horse! Natural Horsemanship can remind you of the beauty of horses as long as you don't get too caught up in the branding and marketing, but focus on the results you want to see, not what anybody else wants.