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    06-22-2010, 02:41 PM
Update :) Rode Arie this morning, tried out a dressage saddle to see if it would work for works for him now but when he muscles up better it will be too tight, so that's a bummer but it was nice to ride in :)

Worked with a clydesdale afterwards. It was his first time being exposed to Parelli and he did FANTASTIC! Started out being RBI but after awhile I started to see his confidence come up. When we got to the Circling Game he was so confident that he switched to LBI dominant....I loved seeing the change! He had started out being afraid to ask questions but by this time he was asking me A TON of questions! He ended up trotting a full circle by himself and when I asked him to come in he had so much draw that he trotted to me! He's a smart boy, and the owner wants me to ride him too, so that should be interesting. I love this Parelli stuff!
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    06-22-2010, 03:37 PM
Spirithorse, sounds like you had a great time. Was he a full Clydie, they are such solid horses. Raffy has a quarter Clydie in him, along with half Appaloosa and the rest Arab, and he is pretty solid, huge bum on him, I always say we have matching bums! Lol Can't wait for the weekend and get back out there doing my stuff, although the forecast is for rain, yuch. This is the first winter where I have minded the couple of months break for bad weather. I usually enjoy the break to catch up with other things, not this year, I just want to keep going with my Natural Horsemanship stuff.

Does anyone else have any trouble with the horsenality question? Raffy is definitely more left brained than right (except during a mass start at an endurance ride, then he flips very right brained). As to extrovert or introvert he is a bit of both, in fact looking at the chart is half way in between. Would love to be able to use his horsenality in the way I work, but not being sure am not able to.
    06-22-2010, 04:31 PM
Yes he's a full Clyde. The owner also has another full Clyde and she wants my help with getting him confident about going into the wash rack...she's had him several years and still can't get him in there. Her dressage horse has a trailer loading problem so she wants my help on that....and her mare is semi-retired, kinda, but she wants me to start the ground work with I'm havin a ton of fun! Lol.
    06-22-2010, 11:45 PM
Ok so Arie is a superstar! Lol! I had the urge to ride him bareback and bridleless tonight so I did a quick warm-up on the ground to see if he was with me, which he was, and hopped on and had a very pleasureable ride :) We did w/t and's getting better and it's only our fourth bb&b ride!
    06-23-2010, 03:43 PM
YAY! I rode Arie twice today already, both bb&b, and on the second ride we cantered!! Woohoo! At one point I was doing a Bullseye toward the center of the arena and I had the thought, "I'd like for him to go from canter to walk, no trot steps in between" so when the time was right I sat back, put a tad bit of feel on the string around his neck and he put his butt down and went right into a walk!! Yay!!! I hopped off and let him graze, he's so awesome!
    06-23-2010, 03:54 PM
That is fantastic. Still trying to work out what is w/t from your last post. Can't wait for the weekend, there must be some gaps between the rain for me to something.
    06-23-2010, 06:10 PM
W/t means walk/trot :)
    06-24-2010, 02:34 PM
Okay, two questions.

1. It really bugs me when horses graze when I'm working with them--I feel like the do not pay me as much attention and tend to pull me around. Anyway, I am currently working on the friendly games with my horses, and they want to graze. Should I allow them to do this? Does it defeat the purpose of being friendly if I have to tug their head up all the time?

2. How fast does it usually take for a horse to learn one of the 7 games? If a horse could get a game perfected, could I move onto the next game right away? Or are you supposed to practice the one game for several days/weeks?

    06-24-2010, 03:51 PM
Duh w/t - walk trot - pretty obvious when you think about it. Lol
Charligirl, hope I get this right, please spirithorse tell me if I am getting it wrong. When I went to my beginning Level 1 course with Russell Higgins, he talked about the grazing thing. He said not to worry about it, this is meant to be a friendly game, and if your horse is that comfortable with you touching him all over, whirling the string around and slapping the ground and still keep eating then the game is going pretty well. A horse is not going to put his head down to eat (basically a pretty dangerous position for a prey animal) if he doesn't trust you. As to how long to do the games, first of all, the first time you do them it is best to do them in the correct order. Importantly the first 3 games, the other 4 are made up of things you do in the first 3. If you think that on a course you go through all 7 in one day, I think you could say that go at the pace at which you are comfortable. Just remember things don't have to be perfect before you move onto the next one. One other thing, remember that they are games, that the idea is to have fun, once it becomes a chore move onto something else (unless you are waiting for a first slightest try - then you wait). I know at the start they say use your imagination, but once you start trying to do this it is amazing the weird things you can think of to practice the games. (Leading your horse under the washing line of clothes - I'm Mum so am allowed, and it was a row of saddle blankets!!!) I am very Virgo - intense, perfectionist, what a difference when I let go and said this is meant to be fun, I can't wait to get out there and do more and it won't stop raining!!! Hope I haven't gone on too long. Tina
PS Just one more thing, if your horse tries to graze with the other games, up the intensity of the phases, relaxing back a bit when they stop trying to eat. Also if insisting on eating every time you stop, move back into the game, unless you declare it a hang about for a few moments and think about it time, then you are back in the friendly game, but you have to give permission for them to eat. Does that sound right Spirithorse? My horse is not that obsessed with food.
    06-25-2010, 01:05 AM
That was very well put tinac! :) I'll add this about the food....David Lichman and Tony Vaught, Parelli Professionals (well Tony is a former PP) both stress the importance of you dictating when your horse is allowed to eat. A good challenge is to see if you can get your horse to stand without grazing. If the horse is intent on eating, he's basically blowing you off so all you do is continue on with what you are asking.....say you are asking him to go out on a circle.....go through your phases and if he gets a Phase 4, well it's his own fault because he wasn't paying attention.

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