You Can't Fool A Horse

Written by Jeffrey Rolo

Inrepparttar dating world many men and women put their potential partners to a "dog test," whereby they introduce their date to their dog and see howrepparttar 125740 dog reacts torepparttar 125741 stranger. Ifrepparttar 125742 dog reacts badly towards their date then a red flag is waved, whereas ifrepparttar 125743 dog acceptsrepparttar 125744 stranger instantlyrepparttar 125745 opposite holds true. While many people look upon this test in a tongue-in-cheek manner, many dog owners actually do take it seriously. As they probably should!

Many animals, including horses, possess an uncanny ability to detect emotion as well asrepparttar 125746 inner nature of an individual. Whereas you may be able to slap a forced smile on your face and hide powerful negative emotions such as stress or anger from fellow humans, you won't find it as easy to fool a horse! In fact I consider horses to be natural truth detectors due to their ability to read a person's emotional state as well as their sincerity when it comes to a love for equines.

If one of my naturally friendly horses takes an instant dislike to someone out ofrepparttar 125747 blue, 9 times out of 10 I'm going to respect my equine partner's instincts. Horses generally do not possess vendettas or have reason to target anyone for no real reason – they tend to call them as they see them. If a horse usually takes a liking to visitors but holds a sudden aversion to one in particular, clearlyrepparttar 125748 horse sees or detects something that I may not have initially caught.

When a horse enjoys your company, you'll know it. When a horse trusts you, you'll know it. And when a horse actually dislikes you, he will make sure you know it. I often state thatrepparttar 125749 world would be a much better place if people were as brutally honest as horses. But I digress…

Picking Up A Horse's Hoof

Written by Jeffrey Rolo

The idea of picking up a horse's hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! Such caution is good, but in reality if you pick up a horse's hoof properly you provide him with no leverage or ability to kick you. This is a situation where a person's worst fears can cause him to imagine an incident that is highly unlikely to occur with careful handling.

Here's how to safely pick up a horse's hoof:

Starting withrepparttar front hoof, approach your horse diagonally from his front so that he clearly knows you are there – you don't want to surprise him. Place yourself even with his shoulder and make sure to face his rear; you will both be facing opposite directions duringrepparttar 125739 hoof picking process.

Making sure that your feet aren't too close torepparttar 125740 horse's hoof, start runningrepparttar 125741 hand parallel to him down his shoulder and alongrepparttar 125742 length of his leg, finally stopping just above his ankle. Gently grasprepparttar 125743 ankle portion and click (or otherwise verbally cue him) to ask him to raise his leg. If he's well trained, that small cue will be more than enough and he'll do just what you requested. You're now free to begin picking his hoof.

If your horse is being a bit stubborn or hasn't learned how to pick up his legs yet try leaning into his shoulder as you run your hand downrepparttar 125744 back of his cannon bone. You can also gently squeeze/pinchrepparttar 125745 tendons to further cue him to what you would like. As you perform these physical cues make sure you provide a verbal one also (I make a clicking sound) sorepparttar 125746 horse later associates your sound withrepparttar 125747 requested response. Increaserepparttar 125748 weight you push against his shoulder until he finally lifts his leg as requested.

When picking a horse's hoof you want to remove all debris fromrepparttar 125749 hoof clefts as well asrepparttar 125750 rim and frog. Be careful aroundrepparttar 125751 frog because it can sometimes be a bit sensitive, particularly ifrepparttar 125752 horse has thrush.

Once you have finished cleaningrepparttar 125753 front hoof carefully guide it back torepparttar 125754 floor; you don't want to allowrepparttar 125755 horse to slam it, potentially hitting your foot inrepparttar 125756 process. Praise your horse and pat him onrepparttar 125757 front shoulder a bit so he understands that you are pleased with his cooperation, then run your hand along his back to his rear leg. Place yourself inrepparttar 125758 same position as you did with his front leg and dorepparttar 125759 process over again.

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