Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
That Trust Factor
Well, I wasn’t planning on writing a thread like this... but...
Anyway, I’m not talking about riding trust... but more like ‘handling trust’, if that makes sense.
I was just outside with my two horses and they were both lying down, along with the other horses in our herd. The other horses jumped up as soon as they saw me coming, but my two just looked at me and didn’t budge.
With my gelding, he let’s me rub all over him when he’s laying down, and I can push gently on his neck and he flops over on his side for me and closes his eyes completely and grunts and ‘groans’ when I scratch his neck and stuff. I can sit on him with him lying down and I can sit beside him using him as a prop. I can lie beside him, play with his mane and tail, stand over him, play with his mouth, play with his legs and hooves, and do literally anything I want with him. He loves the attention and if he goes to stand up, all I have to do is push on his neck and he flops over on his side again. To me, that’s like, ultimate trust.
My mare isn’t quite as trusting as my gelding is, but I figure that’s because my gelding was raised at the house and was mine the minute he was born and I got my mare as a seven/eight year old. She’ll let me come up to her when she’s laying down and I can rub her all over and scratch her and sit on her, but she doesn’t ‘flop over’ like my gelding does and she stands up after a bit like she’s tired of the attention. That’s trust, in my opinion.
I was always told that you should never approach a horse while they’re laying down because it could scare them and all this other stuff... (told that by my family), but I have long since abandoned that mindset. I think it’s a great thing that horses trust people enough to allow us to do that.
Yeah, sorry for writing this and taking up space, but I just got to thinking about trust when I was out with my horses earlier...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)