When you get on your horse, is it bad for their back? Obviously not when you're careful, but sometimes when I get on bareback I'm using something random, like a fence to get on, and it's not the most stable thing so I don't get on very gracefully! I'm always worried I'm straining my horses back, or sitting down too hard...or if I just get on in general actually, whether I use a mounting block (I usually do) or get a leg up, or get on from the ground.
And how sensitive is a horse's crest/mane? I've heard both ways, that they are "tender headed" and that they are not.
And, when compared, how much does it take for a human to hurt a horse compared to another horse kicking, biting, etc said horse?
I'm always ultra sensitive about whether or not I'm hurting my horse...a lot of times I treat him like a new born I just try to tell myself he's a big strong horse and doing something this simple is not going to hurt him! I just love him so much Plus I assume he would let me know if I hurt him...?
Gah, please clear up my mind! Haha! Any of ya'll worry about these things?