How to Bond with a Horse
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How to Bond with a Horse

How to form a friendship with your horse. How to bond with your horse. Horses are not driven to bond with people like dogs are but with work you can bond with your horse. How to get your horse to like you? How to get my horse to like me? How to get a horse to trust you? Learn more about horse care that involves doing things other than riding your horse.

Many horse owners struggle with feeling like they are not really bonded with their horse. Indeed bonding with a new horse can be more difficult than bonding with a dog, or even a cat. Horses, although they are herd animals, do not often have the the same need to bond with people as our house pets do.

The difficulty in bonding with a horse is due to the fact that you are not around them as much as you would be with an indoor house pet. Some horses have had several owners before you, and depending on their previous care they may have a harder time bonding with people at all. The horses who were socialized to people as foals tend to be easier to bond with than those who were not halter trained until later.

In order to bond with your horse you need to spend lots of time with it. Patting it, grooming it, bathing it, taking it for walks, and giving it treats. Riding the horse is for your benefit, bonding involves you being on the ground, doing things for the horse's benefit.

If your horse is hard to catch you need to work on that, rewarding the horse with a carrot, apple, treats, or even a handful of oats, every time you catch it. Eventually, as long as the horse is treated well once i it is caught, the horse should get easier and easier to catch. Once you have caught your horse, never punish it for being bad to catch, this will hamper your bonding, and make the horse harder to catch in the future. Some horses are simply playing with you when they are avoiding capture, while others are bound and determined not to be caught, possibly due to bad treatment in the past.

Try to find days when all you do with your horse is brush it, talk to it, take it for a walk to graze, and so forth. This is bonding. If you notice how horses bond with each other, one of the things they do is mutual grooming, each will itch the withers of the other, since this is a place where horses cannot itch themselves.

You may find that handling your horse's ears is another bonding technique. Many horses dislike having their ears touched, but if you get them use to it, some come to love it, particularly if you scratch them later between their ears. Other places some horses like to be scratched is under their jaw, and at the back of their pastern (also areas where they cannot reach to itch themselves).

If you normally ride in the arena, going for trail rides can be a sort of bonding experience as you are giving your horse a break from the routine, however you need to talk to your horse while you are riding it so that it hears your voice and associates the pleasant experience with you.

By spending more time with your horse you develop a better bond with it, and your horse will come to recognize you as its owner, and friend.

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