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    09-16-2012, 08:37 PM
Mind blown about catching/grooming a horse

So today when I got to the barn I was running late for my lesson. I jogged out to the herd(far corner of 200 acre field) and caught my horse. Nothing new here. Knowing I was short on time I jumped on him bareback and trotted him to the barn. Still running really late, I barley brushed him, picked out his hooves and speed tacked him. This is different, usually he gets a long groom, minimal streching and then a tack up. However he seemed calm and not at all disturbed. I got on him and rode to the ring. When my lesson began he was AWFUL. Every signal from me he tried to run through, threw his head all around, was being horrible. This is new for him, although he gets nervous easy and occaionaly bolts, he never has been so direct about ignoring every thing I ask him. We spent the whole lesson working on low, low and relaxed. Which was actually really helpful and possibly one of my favorite lessons EVER.

So the point of this long post was to remind myself that for him, the grooming and the catching is part of his routine...it makes him comfertable and apparently helps him trust me. That was so cool and very surprising. I always assumed that the grooming/tacking was completly seperate from the riding. MIND.BLOWN.

*sorry for the spelling, my computer likes to switch my correct spelling to incorrect :/
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    09-17-2012, 06:48 AM
Some might think that the ride they're going to have begins to take shape when their leg goes over their horse, but it's much earlier than that. From the moment you first approach a horse you can begin to settle him in little ways as you get him ready to ride so that by the time your foot goes in the stirrup you'll already have him with you, or not if you hurried through all that stuff. ;) Though on the plus side, being able to settle a fresh and distracted horse from in the saddle will make YOU better and that will make every horse you come in contact with better!
    09-19-2012, 11:38 AM
I'm inclined to think, having just read Zen Mind, Zen Horse, that your boy knew immediately your state of excitation (rushy-ness) the moment you entered his field. They KNOW because it's part of their hard wiring, how to read us humans. I think it was not that the grooming was short, but that you were less than your usual calm self.
It was a good observation, though!
    09-19-2012, 11:55 AM
One of my horses wont even let me catch him if im at all in a hurry or even if im frustrated
    09-19-2012, 12:33 PM
Hope you have a better lesson next time
Horses can tell when you are anxious

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