Communication Game - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 11-16-2007, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Posts: 1,351
• Horses: 11
Communication Game

Just wanted to share...Last night at our 4H meeting, my co-leader and I played the communication game with our kids (Parelli inspired). I have watched it done on the Parelli video, which was pretty funny and interesting, but actually doing it was hillarious! We sent the older kids downstairs to work on homework and left the two younger girls working at the table while we left the room to devise our plan. We were going to each go out and get our selected girl to get out of their chair and go to a designated door to open it using no voice or no physically moving. We went out, empty soda bottles in hand (the only item we were allowed to use to touch them - doesn't hurt).

I went up to my "horse" and began tapping her shoulder to encourage her out of her chair. She looked at me like I was crazy at first, and the she got to the point where she jumped out of her chair and went screaming out of the room up the stairs...she spooked away from me :) My co-leaders horse went the more stubborn confused approach and pushed (kicked/bit) her handler saying "go away", until she saw the other horse spook, at which point heard mentality took over and she joined her buddy screaming up the stairs. It went on with us trying to communicate to our "horses", and learning how/when/where to apply tapping/rhythmic pressure to the girls to get what we wanted. It took probably 20 minutes to get them to do the task at hand. It was soooo fun. It was great for the girls and us...we all went back and drew connections between how they felt and how their horses might feel when they do certain things.

The girls got to then do a task to the older girls...who were much more stubborn "horses". One of the older girls knew about the communication game and chose to be stubborn know that horse who has learned it all, but likes to play games :)

It was a really valuable learning experience for our group and for us. We plan to connect back to that lesson and their feelings of confusion, frustration, how they knew they had done things right, wrong, the importance of release, phases, etc. durning our upcoming weekly 4H lessons.

I just wanted to share and reccomend to everyone to learn about the Parelli communication game, and try it with an unsuspecing "horse". It is an eye opener for handler and "horse".

:) :)
AKPaintLover is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 11-17-2007, 07:45 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
I have never played the game but saw it on a video. VERY enlightening.

"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Vidaloco is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 11-17-2007, 09:18 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 19
• Horses: 0
that sounds very fun!!! and i bet it was hilarious!!!

~H*A*I*L*E*Y* luvs GUS!!!~
gus_is-my_baby- is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 11-20-2007, 12:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,324
• Horses: 0
Ah yes, the good 'ol communication game lol! If you look past the sillyness of it when you play it with your friends, if it takes you a long time to get the message across to a human, imagine how confused your horse might get! It's a great way to test how good of a comminicator you can be for your horse.
Spirithorse is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome