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Never Skip Steps With Your Horse
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Never Skip Steps With Your Horse

Safety is really important around horses. A horse is a 1000lb prey animal, and we are 150lb people. A horse will win every time. Safety is incredibly important when you are around horses. You should never skip steps when it comes to safety and what you do to be safe.

A problem that could have been serious

I witnessed recently a friend in a situation that could have went terribly bad. It was later in the evening and their horse came up to the gate. The horse was nice and calm and my friend went into the corral to pet it. They decided that since they hadn’t rode or done anything with this horse in a while that they would throw the bridle on and jump on bareback. The horse had been rode many times before and bareback as well so nothing new was going to happen.

Well the horse walked out to the driveway calm and everything was going well. I even thought so myself. But when my friend jumped on the horse, it started to move while they were still getting situated and then for some reason just spooked and bolted. My friend fell off and right onto their tailbone. Now, both horse and rider are ok, my friend got up and had to walk it off for a little while. The horse didn’t go far either, but it could have turned out a lot worse.

Making sure all is ok

I even would have thought right up until everything went south that all was ok. But the problem was not them trying to ride the horse bareback or anything, my friend should have done at least a little bit of groundwork. Getting the horse to pay attention and just put that extra bit of respect into them before they got on would have probably had the situation safer.

The horse hadn’t been worked with for a while and although she did seem calm and not reactive, just moving the horse around just a little bit would have put the horse into a better frame of mine.

My friend also got just a little bit too lax and took things for granted. Let their guard down just that little bit and then things went south. Being around horses you need to not take things for granted. Horses have the fastest reaction time of all domesticated animals. When the spook it is in an instant and things happen quickly.

I’m not saying that you have to be uptight and nervous around horses, because that will just make things worse. But you can’t ever loose respect for the power that they hold. Once you lose the respect for the horse’s power that is when you get hurt.

Keep everything in check, make sure you are always being safe, and never lose respect for the horses power, and you will be just fine.


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Cena  

I agree with you Joshua, saftey come 1st and every animal deserve our respect.

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