Girls Horse Club Blog

All You Need for Horses

Published by • Jan 31st, 2008 • Category: Guest Bloggers, Horse Advice

by Halz, age 12

When you hear that title, you’re probably thinking food, shelter, tack, grooming supplies and a vet. That may be true, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I mean is the things you can’t see, the character traits that will give you the strength to do anything you can imagine with horses.

Determination
Photo Source: Anes

DETERMINATION. This is a HUGE factor! If you’re a determined rider it will take you anywhere; from your stable’s riding ring to the Olympic Arena. If you keep thinking that you will never get over that jump, odds are you won’t. Just take a deep breath and believe you can do it. Just have a steady mind and focus on what you’re about to do on that horse’s back, and go for it. If you think you can do something, you’re already halfway there!

Trust

TRUST. Horseback riding is considered an ‘individual’ sport. I personally think that’s nonsense. The teamwork between horse and rider has got to be the biggest of all sports. Trust is when you and your horse know each other, care for each other, and will do anything for each other. If you trust your horse, you know he won’t do a thing to hurt you and he promises to be the best he can be. And don’t forget that he has to trust you too! Once you know that you trust each other and will always work together, you’ll not only have a great horse to work with, you also have a great bond.

Loyalty
Photo Source: Kvetina-Marie

LOYALTY. This is a real commitment. The time-consuming work is not always fun (mucking stalls, for example) but doing all the (sometimes dirty) work shows how loyal you are to a horse. Not too many people can live at the barn, but if you’re loyal and committed, you’re glad to go out there as much as you can and do whatever you can to take care of your horse. And if you’re loyal to him, you want to be with him all the time and totally care for him and all of his needs. Caring and commitment is what makes you loyal to your equine friend!

Respect

RESPECT. Respect is accepting your horse and never getting too angry at him or her. Horses were not built perfect and they have flaws — just like us! Never blame a horse for being stupid or not doing what you want. Just try to help them out and remember that they are always trying their hardest for you. If your horse messes up at a show, don’t ever get angry at her. Instead, praise her for trying. Just work on it more with her so you can do better next time. Sometimes people forget how hard horses work for us. Just remember that they aren’t perfect, and they try very hard every day of their lives. If you respect that, you’ll have a great horse to work with and be with.

Heart
Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons

HEART. Last, but definitely not least, you have GOT to have a horse-loving heart! Horse girls like us put these beautiful animals in a very special place in our hearts. Putting your heart into your actions means not just riding him, grooming him, and feeding him — you’ve gotta love what you’re doing, have fun, and show your pal that you really care about him and that he’s your best friend. If you use your heart, you and your horse will quickly grow an amazing bond that no one can break. Love is what brings everything else that I listed together. Just love your horse with all you’ve got. Once you’ve got that down, you are a true horse lover. You’ve got yourself a great horse to love you back and one great bond!

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  1. All good advice. I especially like the part about riding not being an individual sport, as it is usually classified. It’s a true partnership. Very nice post.

  2. Bravo! I really agree with you. My best animal friend is my dapple gray pony. I love her with all my heart and will never sell her. She’s so cute! :)

  3. This is truely an amazing blog…and the pictures are too cute :)

  4. WOCERFUL!!! great work! gave me chills! LOVE it! great blog

  5. This is common around the Blog but I must say, I LOVE, HEART and will always take joy in reading this blog! For me I wouldn’t mind cleaning out a few stalls just to spend more time at the place I ride at. And I absolutely ADORE the horse I ride for lessons. :D

  6. I love this. I don’t own a horse, but this has great truth in it! Great work ;)
    I LOVE the last pic!

  7. I also love the last picture! I think this is all true!

  8. Thanks so much you guys! This is my first blog and I took forever to wrie it! I don’t own a horse either, but I was thinking about my lesson horse, Bear, the whole time. Thanks again! :D