Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
I have a list! Maybe some have already been mentioned:
1. Never let your guard down. Even the calmest horses can spook and you'll never see it coming.
2. Never forget you're always training your horse with every interaction. Make them good sessions.
3. Never take your bad temper out on a horse. It's not fair and he'll stop trusting you as a result.
4. Never make the mistake of thinking your horse is a human. Study herd dynamics and act like the lead mare. She always knows how to handle things and your horse will appreciate your clear communication.
5. Never forget to tighten your cinch before mounting. Flipped myself over onto my back once.
6. Never trust a horse buyer about what they say when they're selling a horse. Assume the worst and verify everything with caution.
7. Never buy a horse without doing a vet check (PPE) first. If there's any sign of lameness at all (flexion test), get xrays.
8. Never buy a green horse if you're green too. Any seller who tells you "you can learn together" is promising you at the very least some painful bruises.
9. Never assume a (new to you) horse is okay with being sprayed. Spray off in the distance before you get too close.
10. Never go out on a trail ride without telling someone where you're going.
I could go on and on! It's through reading this forum over the past 9 months or so that has taught me so much and probably saved me some broken bones to boot.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare