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    08-01-2009, 07:31 PM
Getting to know your horse.

What some things I can do to get to know a horse without riding it?
I want to spend a little more time with the lesson horse I ride, because I really like her, but I can't ride her without an instructor in the ring.
Today I took her for a little walk across the street to have some grass in an empty lot,
And I always give her a nice spray down after lessons (its been deadly hot lately)

Are there any other things I can do with her?
I have a lot of time on my hands lately (I've had 3 weeks off work cause I switched jobs) and want to spend it getting to know her... and getting a feel for horses in general, since I really want one of my own one day and know NOTHING about what it takes to have one.
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    08-01-2009, 07:40 PM
Grooming, going for walks, just talking to her, pretty much anything you can think of. Just make sure she has fun.
    08-01-2009, 07:44 PM
Horses are very social animals. Spend time with her, brush her, run your hands on her body from her face to her legs getting her to know your touch and trust you. Just be next to her like they are in a herd, watch what she looks at and how she acts. As prey animals, the safety of the herd is the number one priority to a horse, and the more you learn why a horse does what it does, the better time you'll have around them and riding them.
    08-01-2009, 11:12 PM
Thank you for asking this.. I was going to ask. I plan on spending a lot of time with Spirit before riding her. I take her for a walk every night, she LOVES carrots, and I spend time grooming her or just being in the pasture with her while she grazes. I love it. It's the best time of the day. She has only been ridden once since November, and that was last Sunday before I picked her up. He said she did well, but being in a new area and new people and surroundings I want her to get used to me before riding her just to not spook her.

I don't know I may be wrong, I was told to not let her go very long without being ridden, but I don't want to stress her out.

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