I realise that you may have no power to act on this, but I wanted to let you know the depth of feeling that has been buzzing around the horse world since the video of Barney surfaced, and make you aware of the reality of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
The clip of Barney was taken from a training DVD aimed at complete novices, those new to horses, and those new to the Parelli program. People bought that DVD for help, instruction and advice… I hate to think how many horse owners have emulated Linda’s behaviour, and how many horses have suffered as a result.
Many people, myself included, were unaware of what Parelli teaches it’s pupils, the reality is far removed from their limitless lies.
Can you endorse the treatment Barney, Catwalk and countless others have received?
Do you wish to represent, and be associated with a company who presents an illusion of “love, language and leadership” but whose reality is blatant, dictatorial horse abuse?
It is entirely your prerogative to support Parelli Natural Horsemanship is you so wish and no doubt you would continue to receive the support of the Savvy Club, but I for one will be voting with my purse and boycotting any publication, event etc. which displays the slightest support to Parelli, and I know many others who feel the same.
Whether you have an existing association with the Parelli brand, or are considering one, I think it will be worthwhile you investigating public opinion on the information enclosed as it may have a significant bearing on your decision. Forums worldwide have been discussing the case of Barney in immense detail, with the vast majority of posters agreeing that it is an appalling way to treat any animal, let alone a partially sighted one. Catwalk’s treatment has also been discussed and condemned in great length on the very same forums.
Many highly respect horsemen/women are equally disgusted at what they saw, but they wish to remain anonymous for personal reasons. I do not know what your views on this matter are but do you really wish to be associated with the Parelli brand after such a public display of horse abuse?
Please remember that this is not an isolated incident, countless other horses have suffered similar, if not identical treatment at the hands of Parelli “Natural” Horsemanship training.
“ Love language and leadership” is a lie, Parelli is about bullshit, brainwashing and horse bashing, with a large dose of mixed messages thrown in for good measure.