Articles - Pat Parelli's Natural Horsemanship

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Game 2: The Porcupine Game

Have you ever seen a person who just got stepped on try to push a horse off his foot... and the horse leans even more? What about those horses that take their owners sand skiing when something frightens them, or constantly lean on the bit? The one th...

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Game 7: The Squeeze Game

What do horse trailers, jumps, starting gates, bridges, starting boxes, wash racks, water obstacles, stall doors and narrow passes on a trail all have in common? Getting your horse in them, through them, over them or out of them are all Squeeze Games...

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Game 3: The Driving Game

Have you ever wondered how “horse whisperers” are able to magically communicate with horses from across a pen? With suggestions that are imperceptible, skilled horsemen are able to have a horse respond as if it were the horse’s instinct to do s...

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Game 6: The Sideways Game

I often tell people that the better a horse goes backwards and sideways, the better he does everything else. Or, you could think of it as, the worse he goes backwards and sideways, the worse he does everything else....

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Game 4: The Yo-Yo Game

Have you ever wished that your horse had more suspension, stopped easily with a light cue, could do a sliding stop, moved straighter or could back up quickly and willingly? The Yo-Yo Game is the key to developing all these things in your horse... and...

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Game 5: The Circling Game

Have you ever wished your horse would maintain gait without constantly squeezing with your legs to keep him going, or pulling on the reins to get him to slow down? Have you ever wished your horse would just keep his attention on you instead of veerin...

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Game 1: The Friendly Game

This is a first in a series examining the Seven Games and their role in establishing leadership as well as building a language between you and a horse...any horse...

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