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Minding Your Horse's Manners

June 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

If you want your horse to have good manners, then you'll want to read this article. Specifically we'll discuss safety issues, safety zones, and establishing leadership. After reading this article, you should have a horse that is always a joy to work with and is safe.

Safety is a big concern with horses because they are so big and can weigh so much more than us. If you get stepped on a horse can easily break your foot or toe. Therefore, it's important that you teach your horse to stand still patiently. Your horse must learn that when you have him tied off that he must stand and wait patiently until you move him. He shouldn't be fidgety or start stomping his feet, he should just stand and wait patiently. Obedience is another safety concern. Your horse should be obedient to your commands. If you ask him to move he should do it quickly and without hesitation. You may need him to move off of your foot, the quicker the better in this situation. Good manners are so important to keeping safe around your horse.

Also in keeping safe you'll want to be aware of your safety zones. Safety zones are the areas around your horse where it is safe for people to be around your horse. This should be a minimum of 5 to 10 feet away and you should be aware of your horse's feelings at all times while other people are around him. Keep an eye open for how he watches people and if he pins his ears back he's probably ready to kick someone. Another thing is to be aware of any objects around you and your horse that could possibly cause injury to your horse. There are hundreds of stationary objects that if your horse gets his leg caught he could easily cut himself and require stitches. Always be aware of your surroundings, specifically people and things around you that could become a problem.

If you always keep an eye out for potential safety issues you'll also want to establish leadership of your horse. Your horse needs to know that you are the leader and not him. You'll want to watch out for body language, any sign from your horse that something is wrong. If your horse gives you a sign then you'll want to be aware of what he might be paying attention to. He should be paying attention to you. You'll also want to set boundaries for your horse's behavior. If he's doing something that he shouldn't be doing then you'll want to correct him right away. Don't let him get away with any behavior that you don't approve of. Be consistent in correcting your horse. He will only understand if you are consistent.

We went over safety issues with your horse. Teaching your horse to obey your commands and to be patient is the foundation of safety with your horse. You should also keep your eyes open for any potential dangers around your horse. Whether that's people or stationary objects you are responsible for keeping your eyes open for dangerous situations before you get into them. Finally we touched on establishing leadership over your horse. You should be aware of your horse's body language that could alert you to a potential dangerous situation. Also, you want to know that your horse understands that you are in charge.

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