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7th Apr 2003, 02:56 PM
Me and my mare are well bonded, never done join up but people watching us together clearly say there is a bond.
I think that my mare needs to learn to respect me more, most ofthe time she does, but I feel that we should do more fun stuff together that will also make her respect me more.
Are there any games that help increase respect?
7th Apr 2003, 03:37 PM
The parelli seven games are meant to be good for that (haven't worked our way through them yet so I don't know for certain). Look under the thread 'too poor for parelli' on this forum and you will find that someone (it was Peace I think?) put a link to a web site with the games on.
7th Apr 2003, 04:37 PM
The best thing I found that worked to gain Bonfire's trust/respect in me was to do ALOT of desensitizing things with him. The best way to do it is when you are alone (no other horses / humans in immediate area) so that he has to look to you to help make a decision, or to look to you for guidance. I walked Bon over alot of scary tarps, poles, blocks, bags, anything that he was skeptical of, I walked him through it. It worked like a charm. No longer spooky and definately noticed some benefit in his repsect issues. And, believe me, this horse has ALOT of respect issues, so I could easily notice a dramatic difference!
15th Apr 2003, 02:35 PM
I am thinking of trying the 'games', because Star has a limited amount of respect, usually when I'm doing something which she approves of. Mounting, schooling and tailwashing do not fall into that category. You have never seen such a palaver, when I am trying to get on. She has invented so many games of her own - the 'lean over to the side' game, which involved me falling off the bucket. The 'turn on the forehand game', which is frustrating. The 'take one step backwards just as the foot reaches the stirrup iron' game, and the best is when she combines the last 2 games together, just for the hell of it:mad:
We have solve the 'won't load game, and the won't go into the menage game, with the aid of a stallion chain, threaded loosely through a head collar, so that she is in charge of the pressure. She can relase it simple by moving forwards, and doing as she is told. Drastic I know, but it works. She sulks though:rolleyes:
So!! Will the Parrelli games help me and my 'problem child'?
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