Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
• Horses: 0
People have probably already posted most of these, but...
Do what I tell you when you're in my barn! I'm not nagging you or bossing you around, I'm trying to keep you from getting hurt!!
Horses can see through flymasks. They are not out in the pasture blindfolded.
Crops are not evil or used to beat a horse. The popping sound they make is the main motivation. Same idea with the lunge whip - the snapping noise is the motivation.
Horses are flight animals by nature, and their first instinct when threatened is to run. Slamming doors, yelling, running around, etc. are generally percieved as threats even to a 'bombproof' horse.
Do not hit head shy horses in the face - ever!!! (Someone has done this at my barn recently)
Don't expect to jump on a horse and be able to gallop around like a cowboy.
Buying a foal for your kid because 'they'll grow up together' is the worst idea ever. It's not like a puppy or kitten.
When you stand at the gate, the pretty horseys will not come galloping over and allow you to pet them even if you click at them and shout, "Here, horseys!"
Certain horses are on strict feeding schedules. Do not feed them ANYTHING unless someone has given you permission.
Just because you rode your cousin's pony every summer as a kid does not mean you are qualified to ride mine.
Leave your spurs and your big belt buckle at home. You're going to be on a lead or lunge line your first few lessons and probably won't even get to steer.
Don't come to the barn in flip flops or heels if you plan on being anywhere near a horse. This category also includes any clothes you like or wearing makeup.
I realize I stink. Do you expect me to smell like strawberries and cream coming from being at the barn for five hours?
If you plan to begin riding, wear the correct clothing! Shorts, tank tops, those slippery nylon pants, sneakers, sandals, camisoles, crop tops, etc. are not acceptable! A few have exceptions when bareback riding.
Riding is hard work. I do not just sit in the saddle and let the horse do all the work.
Horses are shameless. They pass gas loudly, all the time, and threateningly as you pick out their back hooves.
Imagine a stranger came up to you and slapped you between the eyes/across the nose. You would react the same way the horse just did when you did that.
That's all for now...I think...
A horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you may not like what you see. - Buck Brannaman