Horse Riding Articles
Gain The Trust of Your Horse
To ride a horse before gaining the horse's trust can be very dangerous as your horse may harm you. If your horse does not trust you or is scared of you, then you will not enjoy horseback riding. Gaining a horse's trust is hard to attain and very easy to lose at the same time. To gain your horse's trust you need to follow a slow but effective process.
Patience is the first thing to consider when trying to gain the trust of a horse. Horses do not trust humans by nature and the process of developing this trust relation is a long one. Always show your horse what you have in your hands so that he does not get scared. You should always approach from the left side when dealing with horses. It will take a lot of time, but you will gain your horse's trust at the end. So, be patient.
The second most common issue that might contribute to losing a horse's trust is clothing. You should always have tight fitting clothes on. Never wear loose clothing while riding a horse. This is because loose clothes may get caught in the wind and in turn may scare the horse. A scared horse will think that you are going to harm him and then will not develop a trust relationship with you.
Horses get scared from loud voices. You should always use a soft, low voice when talking with your horse. You will have some difficulty getting his attention first but with time, he will begin to trust you and look at you more. Do not yell at your horse to grab his attention because this will scare him.
You need to be around your horse most of the time. This will help you gain the trust faster. Your horse need to look at you as his only care giver. If you feed him yourself in the morning and in the evening, and if you turn him out and bring him back at night yourself, your horse will trust you more quickly. Cleaning the horse's stall yourself is also recommended. Do not get your horse lost with many people taking care of him at the same time.
Gaining your horse's trust may take some time, but once done, you will enjoy endless training possibilities. Your horse will do anything you want him to do from now on. This will reflect more when he is put into new surroundings. Assure him and he will be calm unlike horses that have no trust in their owners. Trail riding will also be more fun and easier. If the horse encounters an obstacle, he will pass over it if you reassure him because he trusts you.