Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
When I started being around horses 6 years ago, Chris Irwin had a series of several hundred short videos available free on StateLineTack. Those videos were invaluable to me. They taught me how to politely approach a horse, and how to politely ask the horse to come with me, along with a hundred other lessons. We had a two year old filly at the time (later given to the trainer who helped us, and that filly is now the trainer's lesson horse). She obviously resented me...but the videos taught me why, and how to act so she accepted my handling and her willing nature blossomed.
Those videos are gone, but I can't help wishing that folks like Cherie and Foxhunter and smrobs and some of our other experienced people couldn't put together some videos on how to do "simple things" - pick up feet, approach a horse, halter a horse, bridle a horse, mount a horse, clean feet, lead a horse, how to act around horses at feeding time, etc. If HF put them on YouTube, they could become a resource that would help a lot of folks and make more folks aware of HF.
I think a lot of experienced riders forget that a new person literally does not know how to best clean a horse's feet! At least, I did not! My SIL hates horses - lots of bad experiences around them when he was growing up - but he was the one who pointed out that my hoof cleaning style made it hard for the horse to work with me. (And he now accepts that my horses are not anything like the horses he grew up around).
But yes - good videos on how horses perceive us and how to do very basic things can be wonderful! I found out long ago that the horse is evaluating me from the moment he sees me. If I act like someone who is both polite but confident, he'll start accepting me as a leader long before my butt hits the saddle. I've also watched riders who set a negative tone before mounting, and who then struggled the entire ride...
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"