About Horses Page 3
The first time someone rides a horse can be very nervous and exciting experience. Before handling or riding a horse or pony, we need to remember that they are gentle nervous animals that prefer to be in a group following a leader. We take the place of that leader when we are riding them. Approaching the horse with confidence is very important. Talk to him or her and pet them gently and lovingly on the neck. If a person is nervous, hesitant or pushy, horses will sense that and may behave badly. Anyone new to horsemanship should have someone with who can help them the first time they meet a horse, especially a horse they intend to learn to ride. Lead a horse or pony on their left hand side. Hold the lead rope or reins in your right hand close to the horse's head and take the other end in your left hand. Move forward in a positive way beside the horse's shoulder without looking back at the horse. The first time someone rides a horse, they should do so away from the herd. Horses will naturally want to be with the herd, and a person unused to handling a horse may not know how to control them properly. They will also become fearful if objects they are not used to are around them with a new rider. New riders need to make sure the area they will be riding in is familiar with the horse.
Caring for and riding horses is a incredible experience almost anyone can enjoy. Horses, ponies, minis, donkeys...all the horses in the equine world... are wonderful creatures full of compassion, love and intelligence.