The horse is a sensitive animal with great strength and power. Due to its great strength, it is essential to ensure that the horse reaches an adequate connection with its keepers, coaches and the rider. This is achieved through the proper handling of the horse.
The proper handling of the horse guarantees the safety of horses and human beings. The proper treatment of the horse guarantees its physical and mental health. Thus the mental health of the horse is a guarantee of security for the human beings that surround it given the physical strength of a horse.
The proper management of the horse depends mainly on its caregiver. The sensitivity, patience, touch and firmness so that the animal has enough confidence to let itself be handled. It is a delicate balance that must be maintained to achieve the full potential of the horse.
The technique for managing the horse is so extensive that the important thing is to know how to apply it correctly. Horse management is both technical, science and art. Horses are noble animals and very sensitive in their management so none of the aspects to consider should be neglected.
Being able to approach, hold, knock down or immobilize the horse, to examine it or apply some treatment requires great handling and safety. On the part of the caregiver to guarantee their physical integrity. On the part of the horse so that its psychic balance is not affected.
To use the confidence technique, you have to:
- Speak to the horse in a soft tone.
- All movements that are carried out with firmness and safety.
- You should not make sudden changes that may startle the animal.
The hierarchy in the proper handling of the horse
In the animal world, hierarchy is the guarantee for the obedience of the individuals in the herd. The horse in this case is not the exception. It is essential that the horse accepts the leadership of the humans who care for him, train him or ride him. In this way the docility is assured at the time of care, treatments, training or competition.
The horse must gradually assume the hierarchical order to assume the orders of the human beings with whom it deals. Through the proper management of the horse we can get the horse to assume its position in the hierarchical order.
We must make ourselves respected by the horse from the first moment, using the gestures and the voice. In this way the hierarchy is preserved and we guarantee our safety and that of the horse.
Warning: You can not retreat before a horse, so you are shown dominance and avoid trying to exceed our authority, which could put us at risk in the long run.
Punishments in the proper handling of the horse
In case the horse infringes a rule a punishment must be applied. Punishment is necessary to reinforce the hierarchy and tell the horse which behaviors are inappropriate. It is also key that the punishment infringed is fair. Such punishment must be applied immediately after the inappropriate behavior. so that the horse. This is the best way to educate him without inflicting any harm. The proper management of the horse constantly seeks to reinforce the hierarchy over it.
It can not be allowed for any reason that the horse tries to bite him. This is one of those behaviors that violates the hierarchy and can turn into dangerous behavior. We guarantee in that case a timely and fair punishment to banish such conduct.
Likewise, the desired behaviors on the horse must be rewarded and rewarded. You can give a touch or scratch as a sign of affection, gratitude or to reward the behaviors that we want to reinforce. You can also caress the horse with the whip to create confidence and avoid creating a negative link with it.
In the next article we will expand on ways to reinforce behavior through proper management of the horse. We will also talk about the behaviors that are acceptable, in direct care with the horse and in the conditioning of the place where it will stay. We hope that these tips will help you improve your relationship with horses. Until next time.
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