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    08-16-2009, 12:30 PM
Green Broke
The Seven Games?

Hey there, looking for anybody who's tried The Seven Games from Parelli?

I'm not a big fan of Parelli. I like their methods, but I think it's absolutely ridiculous what they charge people. Over $60 for a "carrot stick" and another $20 for "STRING"? I'll never understand.

However, I believe my Paint filly would be an ideal candidate for natural horsemanship. So I'm interested in setting aside my dislike for the Parelli way of business and seeing if it's worth my time to invest in JUST The Seven Games DVD.

Opinions? I know it's sold as a ten disc set, but I just refuse to pitch out that sort of money. Is it worth my time to spend the $60 on just The Seven Games? Or is it kind of pointless unless I have the other DVD's? I'm unsure of what the content is exactly, and if it would benefit me alone.

I've been working with horses my entire life (almost 24 years), so I DO know how to train. I'm interested in better increasing my bond with my Paint filly, as she's extremely unsensitive and actually seems to thrive on pleasing people. I'd like to loosen her up, as force simply doesn't work well with her and neither do "subtle" hints like they did so well when I trained my Arab.

Anyway, any comments?
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    08-16-2009, 01:56 PM
I tried the Seven Games with my horses and didn't get quite the reaction that I thought I would (I switched to Clinton Anderson, and I had much better results with my horses, but I still refuse to buy the name brand stuff. I have his book and I watch/record his TV show, lol), but I've seen other horses trained with Parelli's methods that did really well.

I'd give it a shot (maybe look on eBay or Amazon for a better price, I just Googled it on Parelli's site ). If it doesn't work for you, you can always eBay or tack swap it .

I faked my stick/string for years (a dressage whip with a chunk of baler twine tied to the end...) until I found the same thing as a legit Carrot stick/Handy stick at Equine Affaire for $10. Rods has the same thing for a bit more. Training Whips

Good luck!
    08-16-2009, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
Thanks! Yeah, I tried on Ebay, it's retailing for about the same price. I don't think spending $60 on a DVD is so bad, but buying the whole set? I'd rather buy a new horse!

I found a webpage that explains the seven games in detail, so I may try that first. I understand the concept of everything, so maybe I'll work with my filly a bit first and see if she'll enjoy that sort of thing. I really think she will, she learns at record speeds and practically begs to be told what to do just so she can earn a good scratch or a treat.

Thanks for the advice, I'll look into different places for a "carrot stick". I also have a Dressage whip with braided twine on the end, so I'll use that for now.
    08-16-2009, 02:18 PM
I'm a Level 3/4 student of Parelli, so yes, I have done the 7 games lol. I've worked with tons of horses using Parelli, from ordinary horses to problem horses (my horse being a problem horse). The 7 Games are excellent as it teaches respect and trust at the same time. I'm a firm believer in it! The 7 Games DVD is a good one, it gives you the basic nuts and bolts of the Games, however the Level 1 pack goes into intense detail which is priceless, IMO.
    08-16-2009, 02:27 PM
There seems to be a lot of folks that have a very hight name recognition for Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson and that is just fine by me ,But they are just two people out of Many,Many trainers.

There are several very well known trainers that have different messages that are just as valid and the techniques are every bit as good or better.

I personally am very happy that so many people gain knowledge from these two people,but they did not invent horse training and have not really been able to transfer their riding skill into the show ring as well as others.

The Seven games is a nice introduction to beginning horse training for a person that is very new to training.
I do feel that the Yo-Yo game is just not a good training technique at all though and when done by beginners,just sends the horses head up in the air.
Too many people read half the book or watch half the tape and just scare horses with their skill level.

Flame suit installed and let er rip!
    08-16-2009, 02:27 PM
Depends on the horse. When I try the 7 games, my horse doesnt respond. Yours might
    08-16-2009, 02:32 PM
*zips up flame suit* I will say that ANY horse WILL respond to the 7 Games. You have to know your horse's Horsenality first so that you can use the appropriate strategies for that particular horse. Some horses need you to move on quickly, some need you to take your time and go slow. Pat can take ahold of any horse and have it doing amazing things in a very short amount of time.
    08-16-2009, 02:34 PM
Its proablly just me. Haha
    08-16-2009, 02:35 PM
[quote=Marecare;379458]The Seven games is a nice introduction to beginning horse training for a person that is very new to training.

What about Craig Johnson, David O'Connor, Karen Rohlf, Louis Lucio, and Walter Zettl? They are not new to training, yet they incorporate the 7 Games into their training.

I do feel that the Yo-Yo game is just not a good training technique at all though and when done by beginners,just sends the horses head up in the air.

My horses have never done this, nor any horse I have ever worked with.
    08-16-2009, 02:37 PM
Come work with Diesel then x.x
I've tried exercises from the seven games and he does them and then stares at me like I am insane. With him, we got more of a bond from Join-Up. Not to say the 7 games don't work, I just didn't have as much success with them as I did other methods.

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