You are getting a horse for Christmas.
I will start by saying, congratulations on getting your new friend. Horses can be a blessing and a great joy to you. Now is the time to begin to understand them and not to take chances. Don’t do something or get in a situation that may cause you to have a fear develop.
You just got your horse, now is the time to begin the learning process and begin your journey in horsemanship. Learn all you can and it will never be enough. But you will begin to understand. There is no magic when learning. It takes discipline and perseverance.
You are now the owner of a real live breathing, eating animal that cannot take care of itself. It is YOUR awesome responsibility, EVERYDAY. There will be no excuses that will be great enough for your horse not to be taken care of and no off days.
I ask you to do everything you can to care for your new friend. Make sure it has plenty of feed, clean fresh water (very important) everyday. A horse can drink up to 15 gallons per day. They can eat up to 28 pounds of grasses and hay per day.
Don’t think it is just an animal, think of it as your partner. It can be a great and wonderful journey for you.
Here are a few things I will recommend for you to do. Go ahead and register with an equine veterinarian, so they will be familiar with you and your horse and have records for you.
Ask around for referrals for a good Farrier and get established with them as well. There are several good equine Vets and Farriers around. I have the ones I use here at the school/stables I recommend. You may contact me for information.
Also, something you may or may not have heard of or seen before is an equine Chiropractor. Yes, I said equine Chiropractor. I have one I use here and have used them in the past with good results. Horses sometimes need adjusting too.
To maintain a healthy horse, do some reading and studying to decide on your own.
Everything I have mentioned previously has to do with the physical part of the horse.
Now something that is very important for you to know. You need to understand how the horse thinks. To understand why he acts the way he does, you have to understand the secrets of the horse’s mind.
Horses have personalities like people have personalities, except in horses we call them horse-analities. It is good for us to know how to interact with each horse-anality. All horses are NOT the same and shouldn’t be handled the same.
Horses fit in 2 categories; Right Brained behavior (the fear side) and Left Brained behavior (the thinking side). But this subject doesn’t stop there. This subject is so large and complex; I wouldn’t begin to put it in this article. (We periodically have classes on this subject at KIN Stables in Athens, AL. It’s a 6 hour classroom sitting). This is very important to begin to know.
Of the things I have mentioned, the most important is safety for you and your horse. Know how to be safer around your horse. Don’t put yourself in a position to get hurt. Don’t assume anything. When we get hurt around horses, it’s not the horses fault. WE didn’t prepare the horse properly.
For information, date and time on the class “Understanding the Different Characteristics of the Horse” contact us at Jim@JimSwanner.com.