Hi from Quebec everyone! I am new here, joined last night. This place looks incredible - there are so many threads, posts and members!
I am overall pretty new to horses. I am turning 26 this month and when I was about 10 yo my parents had my sister and I enrolled in horseback riding classes. We learned nothing but how to ride a horse (a very tolerant and patient horse, must I add! ). Oh yes, we were taught how to brush them, clean their feet, give them apples, and put the saddles on their back. But the trainer never taught us anything about the correct way to approach a horse or how to read their body language. He did tell me about 100 times to "watch for your horse's ears!"... but never thought it would be a good idea to tell me WHAT to watch for and what meant the various ear positions!
Anyways, I joined this forum because my boyfriend and I moved into a new house in December and there is a ranch across the street. We hear horses all the time and sometimes I get to see a few when they are being worked in one of the fenced areas. We bumped into the owners this weekend and they told us we could visit the horses any time we wanted so of course I am interested in going over there and meeting them. But I would like to have a little insight as to what would be the correct way to approach and greet a horse. They will probably be in their stalls and maybe a few will be outside.
I am not planning on riding any time soon - I am more interested in learning about their behaviors and body language and possibly working on building a bond with one of them at the ranch across the street. Any advice, book recommendation, anything - will be greatly appreciated!