This may be a bit of a negative post...but I need to vent
1. Letting Strange/New horses touch noses (under saddle or on lead). It is okay if the horses are meeting eachother out in pasture/paddock under watchful eyes or over the fence. But I would prefer not to have a playful hoof strike out at me while I am in the saddle or while holding onto the lead. (yes! Even by my own horse)
2. Not sweat scraping a dripping wet horse! Letting a horse drip dry after hosing them down will make a horse even hotter and more miserable. Please sweat scrape thoroughly! :(
3. People cross-tieing a horse that is spooking or is obviously distressed/nervous. I have seen too many horses spook in the cross ties,break them and run down the aisle with other horses tied or get completely turned around and tied up. I would rather not have to run to un-hook my horse and move him to the side to avoid me and my horse getting trampled! Best thing to do is hand hold a nervous horse or put them in a stall.then you have control or is relatively safe if they decide to flip out
4. Not properly cooling out a sweaty horse/leave him stand around "cooling out" that is not how you cool down a horse . They need to move their muscles to reduce the lactic acid buildup (the cause of tying up).
It is okay if you have cooled your horse down enough to put him back out in the pasture to walk around. But please don't just put him back in the stall sweaty and still hot! (horse ownership 101)
If you don't have the time to warm up or cool down properly that day. Don't ride your horse. Please plan for at LEAST 10 mins warm up and cool down. 15mins is preferable that is how long on average most horses warm up their tendons,muscles etc. and to reduce lactic acid in the cool down phase.
5. Dogs that are well behaved around horses and other animals are most certainly welcome in the stable and around it. But if it is getting under my horses feet, chasing my horse or nipping at it at anytime. I then have a problem! And have no trouble saying so! If your dog gets stepped on or kicked while "playing" with my horse...it is not MY problem infact I think he deserved it (same would go if it was my OWN dog...and yes it did happen before)