Using horse sense keeps you safe
Safety is something a lot of people learn by accident.
There is no reason that a horse should be allowed to misbehave. It’s dangerous for you, and sometimes even for him. Some accidents are unforeseen, but most are caused because we humans took shortcuts or missed crucial steps in a horse’s training.
I require that my horses stand still for grooming and tacking up. Him dancing around means I could get stepped on.
Mounting? HE MUST STAND STILL! Whoa means WHOA! It’s for your safety and his control that he doesn’t move a foot when you mount.
As you work with your horse, always be conscious of these two little words: “WHAT IF?”
Examples: Looking ahead on a trail, anticipating possible problems, using creative and quiet ways to always remain in control.
Being forsightful is being best prepared.
Exercise your horse prior to your ride by longeing or doing free work in an arena. 7 – 10 minutes at a steady trot and lope/canter usually does it. Do more if your horse’s energy level warrants. It is time well-spent! There are so many smart reasons to do this: get the excess energy out, study him for stiffness and soundness, warm up his muscles AND his mind, review voice commands, etc.
Riders who skip a decent warm-up pay the price in an overly-energetic horse and one who is not mentally ready to give 100% in obedience.