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post #1 of 54 Old 09-06-2018, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, I've been wondering what are any "don't ever do ____" things you tend to tell new people or learn about horses, especially tacking up. For example don't tie up a horse by the bit cuz it could hurt its mouth if it tried to get away. Or don't hook the halter around the horses neck when bridling in case he slips he could break his neck.

Please no negativity or arguing. Just wanting common advice that new people wouldn't think of. Thanks!
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post #2 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 02:13 AM
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Having a horse slip and break his neck because he has a halter round his neck, is a new one on me. I would not leave a horse unattended with a halter on his neck, but I always slip a halter round the neck when putting a bridle on, I like to have them attached to something.

I also always put a halter round the neck when taking a bridle off, but then it’s not attached to the rope, once bridle is off, put halter on head, then clip back on to rope.

Same sort of subject, I always untie them if giving wormer, or any other oral medicine, hold the rope, din’t hard tie.
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post #3 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 03:15 AM
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- Either walk around the horse very close or very far. If a horse kicks you want to either be very close to him or completely out of range.

- It's good to cinch up gradually, but don't connect the cinch loosely and then walk away. You want it at least snug before leaving the horse, in case the saddle slips over or back and spooks the horse with the saddle attached.

-Don't tie the lead rope too long, because if the horse puts his head down and gets the rope over the top of his head, it might scare him.

-Don't tie two horses close enough to kick or bite each other unless you are pretty certain they won't.

-Don't put your head in front of the horse's leg when looking at hooves or tack. If they pick up their leg the knee will knock you in the head.

-Always tie horses with a quick release knot, and don't weave the end up so it looks pretty, because that defeats the purpose of the quick release.
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post #4 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 04:26 AM
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You might want to check out the 'bad advice' thread for a lot of 'what not to do's'.

Do not EVER tie the horse's lead rope around your waist, arm, neck... should be a 'no brainer' but yep it's been done, and I don't think you need much imagination to see the possible results! And for that matter, don't let your finger get in a coil of rope, or other tack attached to the horse.
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I was taught you never kneel, as in put your knee to the ground ever around a horse...
If a horse should side-step, or for some reason decide to use that knee for a step you just shattered your knee at least and more at most...
You squat...balance on the balls of your feet...
Worse that happens is you topple over...not break bones.
I've lived with that rule for 40+ years and to this day been knocked over or off my feet a few times but never got hurt.


Another is not to stand in front of a horse but to their side by the shoulder so if the horse should suddenly move forward you not be run over.


Don't ever tie yourself to your horse...


Don't ever think you can out-muscle any horse/pony/mini...you'll lose.
Out-think them, out-muscle them you're going to get hurt!!
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post #6 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 08:11 AM
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My favorite, from a Cowboy Hall of Fame member who taught one of my college horsemanship classes....Don’t Hit Your Horse with Your Hand.

What made it my favorite was that one Monday, a really quiet, shy guy showed up with a cast on his arm. We had been reminded of the above saying several times since class started, and when asked what happened to his arm by the professor, he muttered, “I hit my horse”.

Horses are big, and many parts don’t have much muscle coverage, so hitting one with your hand usually hurts you worse than it hurts them....

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post #7 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 08:30 AM
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There's a long list, but most of it can be covered simply by imagining what would happen if your horse panicked and you were in that position (with the lead rope wrapped around your arm, kneeling behind your horse, with the saddle girth not done up, etc etc etc.

Most experienced horsefolks, after years of practice, just keep that image somewhere tucked into the back of their mind at all times.

The other thing newbies need to learn to do is to pay attention to the horse's mood and situation. Of course this is changeable, but I would not be treating a sleepy old horse in its own familiar stable the same way as a young nervous horse in a new environment. You still use the same protocols, but with the first, it might be routine and casual, and the other, with a lot of reassuring and at the same time being very alert.

One general rule -- when working around a horse, to the degree possible just keep a hand on it. That way they know exactly where you are, and should they move in your direction you'll either stop them, or push yourself out of the way easily.

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post #8 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 08:34 AM
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I'm in the camp of no haters around the neck. If they get loose, that halter will be a prime target to get a leg through. If I need to hold onto someone, unclip the halter, reins go over, undo halter.

If trying to a stall front or wall, don't leave the halter hanging. Either undo the rope and leave it on the ground or tie up/tuck up the halter. A pawing hirse can easily get a leg through the halter.
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post #9 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 08:42 AM
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Don't surprise your/any horse when you approach it from a blind angle - talk to it as you approach.

Don't get crowded by horses in pasture: Even if they are lovable individually, you can be "wrong place, wrong time" if they get into a spat with each other.

Don't allow for food aggression; i.e. when feeding, don't make the horse believe that you gave up its food because it put pressure on you.
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post #10 of 54 Old 09-07-2018, 08:56 AM
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Don't get crowded by horses in pasture: Even if they are lovable individually, you can be "wrong place, wrong time" if they get into a spat with each other.
Yes, regardless of 'crowding', don't disregard other horses in your/your horse's vacinity & where they are in the 'pecking' order compared to yours. If you're on one side & your horse is told to 'bug off' by a horse on his other side...
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