Training your horse to be road friendly

December 22, 2014 by Linda

Going for a walk

Taking your horse on a walk down the road can be a challenge. A horse may become easily spooked by passing traffic or nervous to venture away from home. Here are a few tips that will gradually allow you and your horse to take a nice trip down the street.

Walking

Walk your horse down a quiet road for 10 to 30 minutes every day. Allow them to stop and sniff so they can get used to their new surroundings.
After a week, walk them for longer and no longer allow them to stop.

Walk with a saddle

During the second week, ride the horse with a saddle, sometimes a horse mood changes when they have a saddle on their back.

Ride

Ride your horse during the third week and finally mount them at their calmest point.
After they become used to being walked with you mounted on them you can progress to jogging and trying out different gaits, just be sure to progress slowly, letting your horse get used to the changes. Soon you and your house will be ready for any road.

Horse Insurance

Be sure that you get your horse insured, the Ark International Group specializes in Equine Insurance. Contact them today to find out which coverage is best you and your horse.



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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HORSE WHISPERER. There never has been and never will be. The idea is an affront to the horse. You can talk and listen to horses all you want, and what you will learn, if you pay close attention, is that they live on open ground way beyond language and that language, no matter how you characterize it, is a poor trope for what horses understand about themselves and about humans. You need to practice only three things, patience, observation and humility, all of which were summed up in the life of an old man who died Tuesday (July 20, 1999) in California, a man named Bill Dorrance. Dorrance was 93, and until only a few months before his death he still rode and he still roped. He was one of a handful of men, including his brother Tom, who in separate ways have helped redefine relations between the horse and the human. Bill Dorrance saw that subtlety was nearly always a more effective tool than force, but he realized that subtlety was a hard tool to exercise if you believe, as most people do, that you are superior to the horse. There was no dominance in the way Dorrance rode, or in what he taught, only partnership. To the exalted horsemanship of the vaquero -- the Spanish cowboy of 18th-century California -- he brought an exalted humanity, whose highest expression is faith in the willingness of the horse. There is no codifying what Bill Dorrance knew. Some of it, like how to braid a rawhide lariat, is relatively easy to teach, and some of it, thanks to the individuality of horses and humans, cannot be taught at all, only learned. His legacy is exceedingly complex and, in a sense, self-annulling. It is an internal legacy. The more a horseman says he has learned from Dorrance the less likely he is to have learned anything at all. That sounds oblique, but it reflects the fact that what you could learn from Dorrance was a manner of learning whose subject was nominally the horse but that extended itself in surprising directions to include dogs, cattle and people. If you learned it, you would know it was nothing to boast about. There is no mysticism, no magic, in this, only the recognition of kinship with horses. Plenty of people have come across Bill Dorrance and borrowed an insight or two, and some have made a lot of money by popularizing what they seemed to think he knew. But what he knew will never be popular, nor did he ever make much money from it. You cannot sell modesty or undying curiosity. It is hard to put a price on accepting that everything you think you know about horses may change with the very next horse. From an article by Verlyn Klinkenborg 'Death of a Legendary Horseman' - NY Times July 24, 1999 - www.nytimes.com/1999/07/24/opinion/editorial-notebook-death-of-a-legendary-horseman.html Image of Bill is by Steven and Leslie Dorrance - www.billdorrance.com/about.htm

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