1. Joe Hall
    February 14, 2013 @ 6:40 PM

    i board a paint mare who some days just loves to ride and other days getting that saddle on is an absolute night mare. my farrier has been horsing for 30 plus yrs and gave me a little hint. put him in the paddock to brush if it takes an hour so be it enjoy your time. run around with him a little then try to tack up. if your horse has high anxiety they need to feel safe. you are coming off as a predator to him not his friend. also she was very high strung i was advised to cut out the alfalfa cubes. 30 days later shes a dream.


  2. Anne Gage
    January 16, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

    Kim, you share great tips in this post. I particularly like the one about enjoying your horse from the ground. Too many people focus only on riding their horses and don’t realize how much fun they can have just hanging out with them – watching them in the paddock, grooming, hand grazing, taking them for walks. All those simple things go a long way to building trust, understanding, and – as you said – getting to KNOW your horse.


  3. Nanette Levin
    January 12, 2013 @ 5:50 PM

    Good tips, Kim. Chances are if you are concerned, your horse will be too. The right instructor can really help here too. Having encouragement from someone who knows you, your horse and how to keep you safe can ease a lot of angst.


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