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post #1 of 8 Old 03-11-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Getting to know a horse

I'm not sure if this is in the right category, but I'll ask anyways

So I am going to be starting lessons with a very nice woman I have never taken lessons from before. I always think its best to get to know the horse/s I will be riding before I even get on their backs. So I was wondering what are some things I can do to "get to know" a horse. I know grooming is a big one, but are there any other things?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-11-2009, 07:33 PM
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Scent, let him smell you. Talk to him in gentle tones, pet him or stroke him, walk him around a little before you ride. Mainly be nice to him and show him that you are a friend, not an enemy.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-11-2009, 07:55 PM
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Groundwork is always a good idea to get to know a horse prior to riding. Lunging shows you how they travel and helps them learn respect for you. Backing, bending, and leading from the ground prepares you for what they know and how they react to certain cues. Good luck.

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-11-2009, 11:02 PM
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Take him/her out to graze. That's a great thing to do. Find where his/her itchy spots are and just hang out. This will build rapport which is very important.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-11-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I'm really excited to finally be able to ride after the long winter off!
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-15-2009, 09:14 PM
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I like doing groundwork and a lot of desensitization. Getting him used to new and scary things is not only good for him, but it shows his personality and how he reacts when scared or excited. Also try to get him to do things he isn't used to like pushing a ball or jumping a barrel. How he reacts when faced with new and exciting things says a lot about him

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-21-2009, 09:23 AM
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These are great answers. Thanks for starting this thread. I'm bringing home my two AQH next week so this helps a lot. :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-21-2009, 09:28 AM
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I always think its best to get to know the horse/s I will be riding before I even get on their backs. So I was wondering what are some things I can do to "get to know" a horse. I know grooming is a big one, but are there any other things?
If you are taking lessons, you will probably need to follow whatever protocol she has established.
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