How do you be your horses best friend?
If you truly love your horse and care for them, being their best friend is easy! You can have multiple horses as your best friend when running a stable. Just follow these simple steps with every horse you meet and you will have a thriving stable!
· Love them unconditionally ~ they will know it!
· Care for all their physical needs before your own
· Take good care of yourself so you are always there for them ( we’ve put them in a position of helplessness without us)
· Don’t be upset with their quirks and personality
· Don’t pretend with them, they will know!
· Respect them
· Give then space
· Be firm but not abusive when disciplining
· Reach an understanding with a difficult horse
· Work with their idiosyncrasies
· Accept them for who they are
· Teach them the behavior you require
· Know their limitations
· Don’t ask for more than they can give (for they will give their all)
· Treat them as individuals(one size does not fit all)
· Patience, patience, patience and understanding
· See from their viewpoint
· Observe them and learn from them
· Learn something new about them as an individual, their breed or horses in general everyday
· Know, observe and learn equine behavior
· Use all the available resources to learn about and care for your horse
· Be open minded to new things in the industry
· Don’t be a know it all, listen to sound advice
· Never allow anyone to mishandle your horse
· Research whomever is caring for your horse if boarded or out training and competing
· Enjoy the time grooming and bathing them, don’t rush through it, they cherish these moments
· Take them for a walk or grazing, spend some quality time requiring nothing of them, they appreciate this more than you know
· Play with them, enjoy them, laugh with them and love them daily!
Your horse will become your best friend, be happy, healthy and willing to do anything for you when you follow these steps!
If you can’t take care of them and spend time with them find someone knowledgeable and kind who can!
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