Originally Posted by RunSlideStop
What do you think are things people "really should know?" I know what I think is interesting, but as sort of a poll/survey, I want to know what other people find relevant/interesting. :)
I think that a lot of people don't always know the "why" or "how" of something. Like, why you wouldn't want your horse walking right behind you, or what goes on when you do a one-rein stop, or the theory behind join-ups. I think that when people are given the explanations behind the action, they are more likely to apply that concept to something else.
I think people should:
- understand herd behavior (how horses establish the horse hierarchy, why the new horse to a herd is chased off, etc)
- understand horse body language
- the many ways horses can display signs of colic
- how to wrap legs properly
- simple first aid
- how bits work
- understand the theories behind 'natural horsemanship' (applying the concepts of natural horse behavior to training)
- understand how to teach ground manners and why
- what to do when a horse rears, or bucks, or bolts
- have an understanding of the training gadgets, why they're sometimes useful and how they can be abused or harmful
Stuff like that. I also like a compilation of things whenever possible because not all horses respond in the same way to certain things.