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GROUND MANNERS for CONTROL, SAFETY & RESPECT

 

APPROACHING YOUR HORSE

Whether in the stall or pasture, your horse should come to you, but should stand back at least one arms length from you. For instance, when you open the stall door your horse should be there to greet you but not be “pushing” to get out of have you put the halter on. If your horse is closer than one arms length from you when you enter the stall door, you need to push them back, by applying pressure to the nose or chest, you can also use a verbal cue in conjunction by saying “Back” as well. Your horse should stay there until you approach. If not, repeat and reinforce by applying pressure to the nose or chest (more firmly this time) and repeat “Back” as well until your horse stands patiently. This approach applies to all situations whether in the stall, pasture, or horse arena.

 

LEADING YOUR HORSE

arabian horse training - leading a horseAfter your horse is standing patiently, not crowding you, place the halter on and cluck to your horse and proceed to walk forward. You should either take the first step or do it simultaneously with your horse. If your horse moves forward before you, give them a light tug or “pop” with the lead and remind them to wait for you and your cue. When you exit or enter through a gate or stall door. You should move through first, not the horse. Remind them with a light tug or shank to wait until you have safely passed through the opening.

While leading your horse be certain to have your horse maintain a distance from you of one arms length. They should walk at your pace, neither falling behind,(where their head is over an arms length behind you) nor should they be passing you (referring to their shoulder passing your shoulder).

 

HORSE GROOMING & TACKING TIPS

It is optimum to crosstie your horse while grooming and tacking. Remind your horse to stand quietly while they are being groomed or tacked with a reminder “whoa” if they start moving or dancing around too much. Additionally do not ever allow your horse to step over in your direction while grooming or tacking. If they do correct them with pressure applied with your hand in the form of a tap or a push.

All of these ground manners apply to safety for yourself and your horse. It is important to apply these safety rules and ground manners at ALL times. When your horse knows that he is to wait for your cues, not crowd you and not step into your ‘space” you will be much safer and have much more control when you need it in an emergency, not to mention a better respectful relationship when you are working your horse for show or pleasure.

 

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