Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Without going into a really long explanation, the seven games are activities done from the ground with your horse meant to better communicate with your horse, establish a relationship, establish dominance (be moving the horse's feet), and learn tools to be safe when working a horse from the ground. The seven games have cute little names, but basically they are tools to teach your horse to yield to pressure (whether the pressure is your presence or your actual physical touch). For example... the porcupine game teaches the horse to move away from your lightest touch with that part of their body. The driving game teaches the horse to move all or part of their body away as you approach in a certain manner - the whole hide the hiney concept it tied into this because when you sort of lean down and look at the horse's hind as you approach, they tend to want to move it away naturally to protect it - the concept can then be used in the circle game to get them to disengage the hind, and turn and face you.
That was way confusing - The actual videos are much more clear :)
The seven games are sort of fun and can be helpful tools in a variety of situations. I play with them a bit in the winter, but am way to busy actually riding in the summer to mess with them - what the horses learned from them in the winter does come in handy though (example - use the yo-yo game with a horse who is crowding your space while you lead).