Whether it is a visit from the veterinarian, your farrier, a ride on the trailer, or any other important event in your horse's life, he or she needs to be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready. It is your job as your horse's person to help them prepare.
So what does this mean exactly? Believe it or not, every interaction you have with your horse will do one of two things. Teach them and help them be smarter, braver, and trust in your leadership or the opposite, they stop trusting you and become more fearful, have difficulty doing what is asked of them, and more. All of this is important because what happens on the ground translates to what happens at liberty which translates to the saddle, and eventually refinement in the saddle. Everything matters.
In order to teach your horse, you need to remember some key points:
Putting theory to practice. Is your horse ready for the farrier? What about being tangled in a fence? Here are some exercises to help with feet and legs--be creative:
More to come in future posts. Stay tuned -- and feel free to make requests.
Michelle Young is a horse lover, animal advocate, Reiki Master Teacher, holistic healer, Parelli Savvy Club Gold Member and Level 3 Student, academic library director, professor, and more. Contact Michelle.
This blog was created to share my life-long journey with horses and holistic health. I write about horsemanship, healthy, holistic living, and just about anything else that passes through my mind. Enjoy!
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