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post #1 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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What Should You NEVER, EVER Do When Handling Horses?

I know there's a lot of "first time horse owner/handler" advice threads. But I wanted to kind of spin off on that :) After reading another thread today about a lady who had an accident after riding on a paved road, it made me think... what if I had never known that?! It makes sense now that someone pointed it out to me, but before this morning, horses + paved roads never really made it's way into my thought process!

So, what's the ONE piece of advice you have that new horsey people should NEVER, ever do?! If I could compile a list of 10 Commandments of Horse Handling-- what would you insist make the top 10?

Specifically for newish horsey people on these boards?
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post #2 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 01:00 PM
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How close to "common sense" are we going? xD

Never run/jump/scream around a barn.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #3 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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]How close to "common sense" are we going?[/B] xD

Never run/jump/scream around a barn.
LOL. Well, I think with some of us newbies you can never be too careful!

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post #4 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 01:40 PM
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never wrap a rope or rein around your finger/arm. loop it, in a zig-zag way, or drape it over , but never loop it around.
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Don't tie your horse so he can step over the rope and get caught in it. A girl at my old barn did this while I was riding and I didn't notice... The horse flipped out, almost flipped over backwards and tore the arena fence down, and then nearly ran straight into my horse and I when he broke loose.
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post #6 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 02:06 PM
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Ok I'd think this was obvious, but I've seen people do it - don't smoke while riding! Or in, next to or close to the barn!
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post #7 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 02:10 PM
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Never wear sandals around horses.

Don't ride in sneakers/runners or anything without a heel.

When tying always use a quick release knot or panic snap.

Never jump without a helmet
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post #8 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 02:18 PM
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Don't text while riding.

Don't force a horse to do anything he's not sure about or you could end up in unlucky shoes.

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #9 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 02:21 PM
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Don't expect all horses to act the same.

Just because a plastic bag doesn't scare one horse does NOT mean it won't scare another.

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post #10 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Don't text while riding.

Don't force a horse to do anything he's not sure about or you could end up in unlucky shoes.
Good point! I feel like being in the saddle means disconnecting from Facebook/texting for a while :)
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