To enjoy horses you should learn to be safe around horses.
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Talk and Pet the Horse
I believe one of the most important safety measures to take is to take notice of what you are doing when around your horse.
Notice how the horse is acting. Is he paying attention to you or is he giving subtle warnings?
Instead of rushing up to the horse and throwing your arms around him, walk quietly. Talk to him and let him sniff your hand then pat him on the neck, gently.
Go ahead and rub down his neck and to his back. Most horses like the spot around their ears scratched. Some don’t.
My little mare Poppy didn’t care for it much. She did like being scratched on her withers and the base of her tail. She had a spot on her neck that was especially susceptible to scratches. Poppy would lean towards me with her neck arched to get the whole effect.
I like to keep my hand on the rear of the horse as I walk around to his other side. I keep talking too. After a while, he knows you’re there, but it ‘s still a good idea to say a word or two now and then.
When Others Are Around
My grandkids are not around horses much. My little mare, Poppy was a quiet, gentle little girl, but she could have her moments. I wanted my grandkids to realize she could kick or step on them if they weren’t paying attention.
When my grandkids rode my horse I tell them to be careful, don’t walk behind her, don’t make sudden movements, etc.
There are a lot of things to be aware of and teach when around a horse. Not only kids but to every person who loves to be around these beautiful creatures.
The horse is so big and powerful, even a pony can put a well-aimed kick to its target. When I was nine my pony, Blackie, and I were out in the pasture. I was petting and brushing him. I must have got distracted by something else going on and turned my back. I received two pony hooves right in the rear. It didn’t hurt, but the potential was there. Also, a lesson learned.
Other times with a buckskin mare I raised and trained from a yearling, I rode with no fear.
Then for no apparent reason I could understand, she took to a gallop and buck and I flew. I didn’t fly far. The ground met me pretty fast. I laid there catching my breath. I sat up in a minute and Sandy stood a few feet away looking at me wondering what I was doing on the ground. Laughing, I got back on and finished the ride without further incident.
But those incidences happen fast and most the time with no warning. Always be aware and know what’s going on around you and your horse.
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