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post #11 of 13 Old 02-15-2011, 09:02 PM
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I don't think the therapeutic riding volunteer is a good thing, due to the attention needs to be on the handicapped.

And most of this can be attributed I think to your horse handling skills, or lack of them in this case.

You need to be mentored by someone who can teach you how to handle horses. The more you are buffaloed? The more you will be.

Pay better attention too, to the horses ears, eyes, and body language, both that directed at you, and that directed at other horses.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-15-2011, 09:10 PM
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I have a rescue and they do carry baggage, mine was food aggressive(starved) and I learned the hard way to deal with her, but I won.You gotta have a lot of bravado, I went at her and raised my arms, cracked a lunging whip and made her move, I won. She still acts out but I stand my ground and tell her to fix it or turn and start walking, she wants her food or attention so complies. You need to be a little more agressive, I sweat when she rears or kicks but I react with a yell and charge, it trips them if they are used to folks running. But I agree with everyone, the folks at the rescue should be putting a new kid with easy's. Good luck and it's ok to run, just show a bit of attitude when you do it, you'll eventually get respect, horses are all about attitude,he who moves first loses, but stay safe too.

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post #13 of 13 Old 02-16-2011, 12:26 AM
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At a therapeutic riding facility, they generally have 3 volunteers per rider.. One to lead the horse, 2 to walk on either side of the rider.
They would never give a newbie full responsibility for horse and rider.
However, they are always looking for people to help clean stalls, groom horses, tack up, turn out, etc.
So in my opinion it is a perfect place to learn to work with horses, as they are generally as close to being spook and aggression free as possible.
When I used to work at one, a horse wouldn't last a week there if they displayed anything but perfect manners and utmost patience.
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