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How to Handling a Horse

Handling a Horse: How you first approach and handle a horse will affect everything else that follows. If you make a horse nervous, it will be suspicious of even the most routine action.
How to Handling a Horse
How to Handling a Horse
Walk up to it steadily, as if you expect it to stand still and wait for you. If it turns away, stand still and wait until it turns around again and is approachable. Talk to the horse all the time, so that it can hear who you are, and reassure it in a friendly tone of voice, rather than give it orders. Make sure that
your movements are smooth and unhurried, so as not to startle the horse. Its natural instinct is to move quickly away from anything that might be dangerous before it stops to think. It will not spend time making allowances for your inexperience or reasoning that you mean it no harm.

Approaching a horse:

1) Approach the horse from the front, at a slight angle from the center of its head so that it can see you clearly. Make sure that the horse hears you and, when you are close enough, hold out a hand so that it can smell you also.
Allow the horse to smell and lick your hand.
2) Pat the horse gently on the neck. This physical contact is pleasant for the animal and helps to bond it to you. It also shows the horse that you are not afraid of it.

Putting on a halter:

1) Stand at the horse’s head, on its left-hand side, and loop the rope over its neck and down the far side. This gives you immediate control over the horse. Most horses will stand still once they feel the rope.
2) Hold both sides of the halter, and slide the noseband up over the horse’s muzzle. If the horse raises its head, move the halter with it, so that it stays in position on the nose.
3) Use your right hand on the far side of the neck to flick the strap over the horse’s poll. Do this calmly. Some horses may be frightened when they feel the strap on the left side of their neck, especially if it is flapped suddenly.
4) Make sure that the strap is fitting snugly just behind the horse’s ears before you actually fasten it to the buckle on the cheekpiece. For safety, do the buckle up properly, with the end of the strap tucked in so that it cannot come undone.
5) Finally, check that the halter fits the horse correctly and adjust the buckles if necessary. Make sure the clip on the lead rope is facing away from the head, or it may pinch the horse’s skin.

The rope halter:

A rope halter is a type of universally adjustable halter. It can be made of webbing or rope. The noseband should lie over the bridge of the horse’s nose, with the fastening on the left side of the head. You should always tie the rope with a knot at the side. If you don’t, the halter may loosen—in which case it could easily come off over the horse’s ears—or it may become too tight.

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