I love the seven games because it gives a person a clear outline to follow to get basic groundwork done with their horses. All of mine, stud colt included, are soft and respectful because of it.
However, if you've read from some of the posts, 'you need to know his 'horsenality!' or you need this carrot stick, or you need this and that. If you just want to buy the DVD, I would say pass. Part of the reason why the 'seven games' works is because of the theory put behind it. Buying just a DVD and then trying to imitate it is what gets people hurt because they're out there with only half of the information (which they do on purpose--because then you have to buy more DVDs and books!). Another problem people have when they just by the seven games is that they play them OVER and OVER again and then there really is no bond, there is just one really bored horse.
Level one--Safety--is not about creating a bond with your horse. It's about laying down lines of communication so that later, you and your horse can bond. If you'd like to do parelli and increase the bond with your horse, I'm afraid the seven games alone are not going to help you. If anything, try looking for the Level 1 and Level 2 packs on Ebay. They are cheaper, and much better laid out then the new DVDs they are selling. Save up if you have to; if it's what you want to do it's worth it. There's a lot of information in the kits, hidden behind layers of some advertising and a weird almost cult feeling. Save up and get the proper equipment too at halfcircleranch. It's a website where the woman makes all of the same equipment, made out of the same materials, for half the price. You CAN NOT beat the quality of the rope halters or the lunge lines--I no longer practice parelli but the yatching rope is all I use!
I wish some of the other Parelli fans out there would have informed you of such basic stuff! Don't go throwing your money away, make your decision wisely!
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