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post #1 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Things to NEVER do!

I was talking to a friend of mine about the simple mistakes that we have made with horses that have caused or could have caused major problems. We were both saying there should be a list of things that you should never do with horses that you could study and learn from! So lets make one!

1) If you use a western saddle with a back cinch NEVER undo the front cinch first! Or fasten the back cinch first!
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post #2 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 08:24 PM
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Never keep a horse in a pasture with t-posts, (unless they all have covers on) no matter how big the pasture. The horses will be drawn to the fence posts like magnets.
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post #3 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 09:41 PM
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- Never walk (or crawl) under your horse's belly

-Never undo a blanket from the front first, never fasten from back first

- Never turn a horse loose with a rope halter or an ill-fitting halter

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post #4 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 10:01 PM
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Um can i say to " Just Dressage it" that with the blanket thats actually how you are suppose to do it. You do the leg straps up first when putting on the rug so if the horse runs away the rug will slip off and then when taking the rug off you undo the chest strap first so that again if the take off the rug will slip off. This was a reallly big rule at the stud i use to work at because they had a horse take off with the chest strap done up and it tripped on the rug and got caught up and broke its neck

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Never assume that the horse has worn support boots before!

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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post #6 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 11:01 PM
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Never tack up your horse without first checking over your equipment. You never know when you may have something that's a little to worn out or coming loose or something. I learned that the hard way
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post #7 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 11:34 PM
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Never think your anti-social three year old is really that interested in being petted in the middle of eating his hay.

Never think your lawn tractor is faster than your horses.

Never tie the rope closing off pasture from paddock durning feeding time to high, or three-year will crawl under it. Never tie it to low, or he will jump it. (rescue will then proceed to wander away from his feed)

Never expect your hay-focused horse to notice your there, then walk up and say 'Hi!'. May result in horse-heart-attack.

Never sit on your horse wondering 'what's that noise coming down the road?' Remove horse far from road....or horse will remove itself, with or without you.

Never think 'Aw, he won't go over there and bother him' during feeding time.

That cute little bumble bee is not cute.

Diving into the tack room from said bumble bee is never a good idea.

The barn will not move out of the way for your lawn tractor.

Chasing a horse with a halter only results in a tired owner, never a tired horse.

No matter how long you walk them, the horse will roll at the first possible opportunity. Do not tell yourself he won't.

Horseshoes and sneakers do not go hand in hand.

Do not assume your horse will be okay with having ticks picked off his butt.

Never assume there is no one around when doing something questionable. Like...picking ticks off your horses butt.

Halter breaking is never easy. No matter how cute the horse is!

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #8 of 26 Old 06-18-2009, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Never tie your horse with the reins!

Never tie your horse to a moving object!

Never let your reins touch the ground!

Never tie your horse long enough so that they can get their legs thru the lead rope!
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Never assume you know everything.
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post #10 of 26 Old 06-19-2009, 12:08 AM
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never assume giving hay to a mean horse to make it stay away from you while your cleaning its stall will work. ever.

When God Made Horses, He Painted The Good Ones.
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