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    07-18-2013, 11:03 AM
How early is too early-Parelli

I don't want this to turn into a pro/anti parelli conversation.. But how early is too early to begin the seven games? I have already done the friendly game... But should I wait until my stud colt is older (hes 10 months) to do the driving, porcupine, yoyo.. Etc? Or can I start them now?
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    07-21-2013, 09:15 PM
Are the 7 game's goals to eventually start riding?

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If that's the case I can't imagine you can start working with the 7 games until the horse is at least 2.
    07-21-2013, 11:56 PM
The 7 games are groundwork... Pretty much to teach boundaries and respect as well as things that can help you in the saddle.

I just don't want to try and teach him this stuff if its going to blow up his brain. Lol
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    07-22-2013, 12:04 AM
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You can do pretty much anything as far as groundwork goes, with the exception of lunging, at almost any age. Just remember that you need to keep things short and simple when they are young. Reward the small things at first. As they get better and older, you can ask for more and longer sessions.
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    07-22-2013, 12:08 AM
At what age can you begin to lunge safely?
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    07-22-2013, 12:49 AM
I personally don't think horses should be lounged until they are old enough to ride. It's hard on their joints. Not teaching to move away or circle you would be okay now, as long as it's only a walk and only a few circles each way.
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    07-22-2013, 12:51 AM
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That is a touchy subject, like when should you start riding a horse. It depends on the horse, size of round pen you are using or length of rope/line you are using. Small and tight circles are hard on their joints as they are growing. Larger circles are better along with them walking instead of running. You can do damage to their joints by having them turn too sharp and often.

Now, as far as age goes, it depends on how well they are mentally and how well their attention span is. The younger they are the shorter their attention span.

I've only worked with a few youngsters under two so far, we have one due shortly. Once they are halter broke, I get them to learn how to yield their front and rear ends, how to be sent away like you would to start lunging and to stop. Other than that and getting accustomed to being touched everywhere and lifting their feet, I don't do much until they are 2. Then I start their more thorough training on the ground to prepare them to be saddled and rode. If I had a good sized round pen, I might start free lunging them around a year to 1 1/2.
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    07-22-2013, 12:56 AM
I cannot get my lil guy to yield his front/rear end. All of the pressure from my fingers does not make him budge. I am using the hair,skin,muscle,bone technique and he seriously does not move. I may use an object to put equal pressure instead of my fingers... Ill try that tomorrow.
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    07-22-2013, 01:50 AM
I'm not too familiar with the 7 games, but here's what I did with my colt; I used a carrot stick (or a regular stick) and started by pointing at his butt, then tapped at a consistent speed. Then every 3 taps I'd increase the strength of it. Of course don't beat the living poo out of him, but it usually worked before it got hard.

He was about 6 months when I started sand by 7 months I could point at his butt and he'd yield it.
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    07-22-2013, 02:21 AM
Originally Posted by Blazeeofglory    
I don't want this to turn into a pro/anti parelli conversation.. But how early is too early to begin the seven games? I have already done the friendly game... But should I wait until my stud colt is older (hes 10 months) to do the driving, porcupine, yoyo.. Etc? Or can I start them now?
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I start with the very basic games right from the git go with my foals. As soon as they get a halter on, we do Friendly, then after a little of that we start to do YoYo, then Porcupine and when I start leading them alone, we do Circle. Once we've got leading down pretty good, we start with Squeeze by taking them between the back of the trailer and the garage, in between the trucks, stuff like that. I save Sideways and Driving till they're a little older. I generally don't exceed 15 mins with them while they're babies. Might go as little as 5, depending on the day.

When I start leading them, if they want to crowd and they usually do, we start very lightly on yielding shoulders and hindquarters, just enough to give them the idea they need to move off of me.

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