Game 5: The Circling Game

The Circling Game in Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship (PNH) is used to help your horse understand that it is his job to maintain gait, maintain direction, watch where he is going and all the while stay tuned into you as his center of attention. Of course to get good at this game you first need to get good at the four PNH Games that come before it. The Seven Games are cumulative, so without the Friendly, Porcupine, Driving and Yo-Yo Games in place first, the Circling Game can turn into plain old longeing. And speaking of longeing... exactly what is the difference between the Circling Game and longeing? Are they very different? Do they have a different purpose or are they the same thing with different names? The Circling Game and longeing are different in several ways but, most importantly, it is the attitude and knowledge behind the two that really…

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