GROUND MANNERS for CONTROL, SAFETY & RESPECT
APPROACHING YOUR HORSE
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
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
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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