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Performance and the 7 games

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Rolex 3-day Event in Kentucky, a test of the top competitors in the 3-day eventing field including many past and future Olympians. Among some of this years riders were Karen O’Conner (from “The Future of Training” with Linda & Pat Parelli and Karen & David O’Conner), William Fox-Pitt (this years Rolex winner), and Marlynn Little-Meredith (finishing a close second).
In Eventing, the horse and rider are put through 3 days of challenges. The first day is Dressage, the second day consists of a Cross-Country jumping course – over 30 obstacles (including 3’ 6” tall jumps with a base of over 8 feet and jumps into water and at a gallop) while on course the riders and horses often exceed … Read More »

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When In Rome

In one of the first VHS tapes of Pat’s Seven Games, I heard Pat say, “When in Rome, do as Romans do, and when in a horse corral, do as horses do”. It has taken me a long time to begin understanding how profound this statement is. Most of us know ‘right from wrong,’ what acceptable social behavior looks like, and what is considered rude in our environment. However, what is considered socially acceptable can change significantly depending on the geographic location. For instance, I have heard that in China it is rude to eat everything off your plate at a meal (leaving some of the meal on your plate says that the host has served you a sufficient meal). Here, in most of America if you didn’t finish what was on your plate, you may leave the host feeling … Read More »

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The Attitude of Justice – Parelli Principle # 5

It sounds simple and we know our attitude is vitally important on our horsemanship journey! Then, why, does it sometimes feel so hard to carry out the attitude of justice?

In my path of helping humans learn about natural horsemanship I am often repeating the need for the ‘attitude of justice’ while demonstrating a technique or concept with a horse. In answer to this statement about ‘justice’ I am greated by blank stares or nodding heads with little to no change to how the student is handling their own horse. What I have discovered is that this response comes from a core difference in belief on what “justice” and “natural” actually mean. So, I’ve looked up a simple and concise definition from Wikipedia to help us get on the same page:

Natural – “existing in or caused by nature, not made or … Read More »

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