Tips for Working With Horses?

  • Wear sturdy hard-toed shoes or boots that will protect your feet if the horse or pony steps on them.
  • Get the horse’s attention before approaching or touching and always approach the horse from the front.
  • Be calm and quiet.
  • Feed treats from buckets or tubs.

How do you work around horses?

  1. #1 Maintain a clean and tidy stable.
  2. #2 Create a calm and positive atmosphere.
  3. #3 Use a friendly tone of voice.
  4. #4 Pay attention to the mood of the horse and the tension in its body.
  5. #5 Be a confident and fair leader.
  6. #6 Pay attention to body language.

What is the most important rule to remember when working with horses?

Always work close to your horse. If you are near his shoulder, you won’t be struck with the full force of his feet. Nor will you receive the full force of a kick if you stay close to the body when you work about the haunches or pass behind your horse. Know your horse and his temperament and reactions.

How do you get comfortable around horses?

Approach horses calmly from an angle.

Make sure a horse can see you coming; they’re most comfortable when humans don’t take them by surprise. Move towards the horse’s front shoulder, staying out of the small blind spot in front of the horse’s nose. Use slow but purposeful movements. Try not to hesitate as you approach.

How do you keep a horse calm?

  1. Talk to the Horse.
  2. Move Slowly.
  3. Ask the Horse to Lower Its Head.
  4. Let the Horse Inspect the Frightening Issue.
  5. Breathe.
  6. Don’t Make It Into a Big Deal.

How do you give a nervous horse confidence?

Starting a Nervous Horse: Building Confidence

How do you know a horse is scared?

It may be a head shy horse raising their head, or a horse jumping to the side in a spook. Flight can be a horse constantly going too fast, or rushing towards jumps. Other signs of fear or tension include tail swishing, high head carriage, a hollow back, teeth grinding, or refusal to move – known as freezing.

How do you know a horse is relaxed?

Your horse’s nostrils are soft, round, and relaxed and breathing is even on both sides. Your horse’s tail will swing freely, evenly, and loosely when happy and relaxed. A sign of deep relaxation is that your horse’s jaw may hang loosely with a soft eye. Your horse may rear up with its front leg or paw at the ground.

How should you sit when trotting?

Rely on your legs to keep your body in place, just the way the girth keeps the saddle in place. Wrap them down around your horse’s barrel, closing them against his sides without gripping tightly. Try to sit for one full circle on the longe line. Then post to the trot and ask for a more forward trot.


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