Maintain calm when interacting with horses, always Horses read body language, even simple tension. Move slowly, gradually (not suddenly) Keep your head Maintain soft or commanding tone of voice, never weak
Don't believe (or pass on) rumors until you check them out (quest, west nile vaccine)
Training Articles http://www.naturalhorsesupply.com/training.shtml
Resisitance, Using more & More Severe Tools “Harsh bits only make our horses tougher.” --John Nunn “Sour is spelled S-O-R-E.” --Tom Ivers (The Fit Racehorse I/II)
Training Methods Ask Show Reward becomes 1) Ask 2) Reward as horse recognizes pattern
Groundwork lunging, long lining, driving cavesson, surcingle
Harsh, Forceful Tools vice breaker (shock collar) war bridle (gum line) chifney bit draw reins tiedown Any method is harsh when it is designed to force a horse, rather than asking him to move himself.
Desensitizing It's important to expose a horse to new concepts before expecting him to be able to cope with new situations, AND perform at the same time. Example: A horse on his first trail ride may be too distracted by other horses, new sights, water, new vegetation, etc to simply walk along.
Clearly you can't expose a horse to every situation he might encounter. You can, however, expose him to things he is likely to encounter, and in the meantime, teach him to look to you for reassurance when he is startled. Desensitizing
Performing in crowds & noise ear covers w/cotton wads for sound blocking
Trailering Teach the horse to load before trying to trailer somewhere. ALWAYS untie BEFORE opening the door...
Trailers Screens Butt Chains/Bars Water Tanks Secure doors etc with snap or lock Reflectives—on trailer & triangle uprights “trailer aid,” chocks rubber mats—store outside of trailer to prevent rot shavings (more appealing) wall pads for cushioning trailer lock
Good to have on hand— extra halter & lead, shovel or pitchfork, cell phone, map, directions, all vehicle/trailer registrations and insurance information, (motor plan info), and don't forget the proof of negative Coggins (always), a health certificate (if crossing state lines).
Before hitting the road, every time check connection, lights & brakes check air in tires check flooring check vehicle fluids, tire pressure
Maintenance Trailers need regular maintenance just like cars: brakes, axles, bearings, lights, hitch, emergency chains flooring, exterior, spare tire When not in use, remove floor mats so moisture doesn't get trapped and rot/rust out your flooring.
Feel of a Normal Horse A normal horse has no hard muscle areas a normal horse has no sunken muscle areas knots/spasms are hard masses of tissue inside a muscle scars are hard masses of tissue inside a muscle horses may pull or tear a muscle horses may pull or tear a tendon or ligament
Riding Comments stay balanced over self, balanced over horse weight and seat aids, leg aids squeeze knees to slow horse/restrict shoulders put weight on inside seatbone press leg to push horse away: inside leg like a post, outside leg curls body around the post horses can feel shifts in weight, can tell where you're looking, can feel where your body is pointing don't lose your outside rein contact
Liability 773.04 Posting and notification.-- (1) Every equine activity sponsor and equine professional shall: (a) Post and maintain one or more signs which contain the warning notice specified in subsection (2). These signs shall be placed in a clearly visible location near to where the equine activity begins. The warning notice specified in subsection (2) shall appear on the sign in black letters, with each letter to be a minimum of 1 inch in height, with sufficient color contrast to be clearly distinguishable. (b) Give the participant a written document which the participant shall sign with the warning notice specified in subsection (2) clearly printed on it. Said written document may be used in lieu of posting the warning on the site of the equine activity sponsor's or equine professional's facility, and shall be given to any participant in an equine event not on the location of the equine activity sponsor's or equine professional's facility. (2) The signs and document described in subsection (1) shall contain the following warning notice: WARNING Under Florida law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities.
Legal Issue Thoughts people can and do sue when they don't have a legitimate case contracts should describe what each party is hoping to get out of the agreement e.g. “I want to buy a horse that is suitable for a beginner” so there is recourse in the event of dishonesty or misunderstanding contracts should give a way out if the deal goes sour
Employees and Legal Responsibility...It's complicated.
Strict Liability You are responsible for damage done by your possessions: car hitting loose horse dog biting random person goat eating neighbor's car etc
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