What were the "desired results tha you were not getting? I mean specifically?
What do you suppose you were doing wrong? I am interested, not trying to be sarcastic or anything.
I have a question for you and any other Parelli Practicioner. When you do each game, do you know WHY you do it? What is the purpose of it? I mean, in the long run for developing a good riding horse.
I think that for me, some of what I have seen with Parelli trained horses is that the horse tends to do the required movements out of rote, and once they do , the trainer moves on to the next step and the next, without really looking at their horse and saying, " does my horse need this?" or "Is my horse any different after doing these 7 games than from when I started?" "Is my horse in a frame of mind that he is ready to be ridden? Is his mind with me now"
I have seen horses worked doing Parelli and the horse is doing the movements, but his mind is not really with the trainer. He knows stuff so much by heart that he just does it half hearted , and the human is so focussed on moving on to the next step they aren't really aware that the horse is not WITH them mentally.
So, that is one thing that can happen when you go through "levels" for the sake of going through levels.
The other thing I don't care for is that the horse often becomes so desensitized to pressure that it then becomes hard to get the horse to do newthings. A horse that is sensitive enough to pressure to move off of it is necessary to do any decent trianing/riding.
That's my opinion, as it stands now, based on my limited experience. But then, aren't all opinions that way? As long as they are open to change. I would like to meet and know more horse owners that do Parelli to have more chances to mellow my opinion.