Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
To me, etiquette is something that applies to people, not horses. What you have listed are behaviours that the horse should have been trained in. When I read the title of this post, I was expecting to see: "clean up in the aisle after yourself, pass left to left" etc etc....not what you should teach your horse.
As much as we all wish our horses to be good and stand still, we still have to realize that they need some movement to help with blood flow. Can you stand perfectly still for a long time? Even military personel on parade aren't still, even if you think they are. They are making small movements, to keep blood flowing, so they don't pass out on the parade square. As long as the horse isn't being a pain, I don't care if he goes from one side of the cross tie to the other over a period of time, or if he moves around when tied to the trailer. He just wants to see what's going on, and that's natural. Not going to discipline him for that.
I prefer a horse to follow slightly behind me and to the side, at about half a leadshank or more away. That way, if he spooks, he doesn't jump on top of you, have a bit more reaction time and don't have to worry about him stepping on your heels when leading him. I hate having a horse really close....they shouldn't be in my personal space.
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