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post #11 of 14 Old 03-28-2016, 11:11 AM
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Buy the horse a vacation.

Just kidding....I buy treats for them, a good scratch, tons of praise and thank the horse. I also got my own grooming kit - super soft brush to groom them well after good clean down. Horses I ride get plenty of paddock time, grazing, roll in the mud, etc. after lessons - all riders are responsible for tacking up, learning about proper care, cleaning them up afterwards and the stalls. Of course, you get a great discounted package of lessons for doing all this - and you learn proper horsemanship.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-28-2016, 12:05 PM
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Agree with what others have said, but one of the best things you can do is learn how to recognize a good try, and when a horse is really working for you. Praise, pets, and letting him know you're happy with him when he does well makes his job a little easier.

Other than that, learn to be considerate of his mouth, and how to give a quick release of pressure when he does what you want. That will come with time and experience.

Physically, I like to scratch their withers, chests, where the girth sits, and on their butts if you use a crupper when you untack. Little things like that make a big difference to a horse that works for his living. Watch their lower lips, you'll see them droop and wiggle when you hit a spot they like :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-30-2016, 04:58 PM
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The best thing you can do for a lesson horse is try your best at every lesson to become a better rider, be fair, and never blame it on the horse when something doesn't work.

Depending on barn policy, they might not want you to bring your own grooming kit and brushes. In my lesson barn, every horse had their own brushes and you weren't supposed to use others, cause it can e.g. spread fungus. So better talk to your trainer before you go out and buy your own.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-01-2016, 11:48 PM
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Nice advice and comments on this thread. I did groundwork with my lesson horse, in addition to all the other nice things you can do that have been mentioned.
The result was a mare that would call for me when I left, and would come up to me willingly when it was lesson time. Even my coach commented on our bond as this horse would ignore her other students.
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