Common Obstacles Horse Owners Face
Horses are beautiful, strong creatures who have worked alongside humans for thousands of years. Although they are now often ridden for pleasure or sport over necessity, many people still take on the – almost full time – role of horse owner.
Unlike other hobbies, you can’t just choose not to go to the stables to see your horse for a week or so, because a horse is a hobby, pet and friend all rolled into one. Below are some other common obstacles horse owners face.
Assuming all horses are the same
Becoming a horse owner isn’t a decision to be taken lightly and it’s important to do more than just read up on equine terms and management. Although studying horse care can be beneficial, in this case hands on experience is invaluable.
Spend time at a stable with other horses – and the horse you hope to purchase if possible. Every horse is different and just because yours doesn’t react the same way somebody on the internet said it would doesn’t mean it’s stupid, you may just need to try a different method. This is where spending time with as many horses as you can comes in handy, seeing how different horses react to different things can be a great help when it comes to training your own.
Not riding Horse Enough
As we said above, all horses are different, and some take to riding quicker than others. It’s important not to feel discouraged if yours seems untrainable, you just need to keep trying. Like a dog a horse ‘is not just for Christmas’ and if you think you are going to get bored when things don’t go your way then a horse is the wrong companion for you.
The more you ride a horse the more comfortable both you and they will feel. If however you need a break from riding, then ensure your horse is able to graze or take them for walks along trails to allow them to exercise; a horse who is not able to exercise may become sick and unruly.
If you choose to walk alongside your horse on trails, it is important that you know your horse well. Are they prone to bursts of excitement if they see something unfamiliar? Will they bolt from you and are you prepared if they attempt to? You must be able to answer these questions to secure both yours and your horses’ safety.
Your horse is always learning and therefore it is important not to re-enforce any bad behaviour they may exhibit. Spend time with a trainer to learn for yourself the best way to interact with your horse so that you can both get the most out of each other.
Don’t forget that horses are prey animals and therefore they are likely to be jumpier and are less likely to trust you than other animals are. Just remain patient and persistent – if you put in the time and effort then your horse will learn to trust you and become a wonderful companion.