Girls Horse Club Blog

Understanding of the Horse

Published by • Jun 26th, 2007 • Category: Horse Advice, Junior Blogger Archives

by horsejo, age 11

If you have a horse and love him a ton, but he/she doesn’t care much for you, then keep reading for sure! You have to make your horse understand you. If they get to know you better, they may love you. This is some of what you should know if your horse has problems with you.

feeding.gifTAKE IT SLOW
When you get a new horse/pony, you will want to ride right away! But your new horse or pony won’t want to ride — don’t make them. It’s always a good idea to let your horse/pony get used to their new home for two or three days.

You may think it is alright to hand feed your horse. It is, but only if you know them well. If you have a new horse and try to give them an apple out of your hand, they may think you’re trying to hurt them. They could bite your fingers. So don’t hand feed your horse or pony until you really know and trust them.

girl-in-tree.gif If you get a new horse and you’re riding him, you want to go — do some cantering, go over the jumps! Well, that isn’t a very good idea. Your new horse could spook really easily. So maybe just walk on the first day, and over time, work your horse up to big jumps, cantering, and even galloping.

When you get a new horse you need to get to know them well. You should go into their pasture or stall with them. Talk softly, and pet their back and rump. Before you come up behind a horse, let him know that you are there so you don’t spook him.

Groom your horse. Use soft brushes and curry combs on his fur coat. Comb out his mane. If you like, braid his tail, but be sure he doesn’t kick. When you hoof pick, go slowly, and be sure not to hurt the horse’s frog. When you wash, start at the legs and go up so you don’t spook your horse and give him a chill.

If you do all of this, your horse will love you. Just don’t forget any of this advice. Your horse’s health is just as important as your own health!

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  1. Thank you for publishing it! It looks so great with the pictures.

  2. Thanks for the advice! Congratulations on your blog! :)

  3. Yeah, this is my first blog! I’m so happy that I got it published!

  4. well done!

  5. Thank you! I already have ideas for other blogs and stories, but I’ll wait a while.

    Marisa: Thank you! Your so nice.

    Animalsrkool: Thank you as well! Thanks for noticing!

  6. horsejo, this blog is extraordinary. It’s well written and you make some interesting points. Congrats on a job well done. :D

  7. Julia, thanks so much! I couldn’t have done it without you, Animalsrkool, Madelaina, Marisa, and all of the GHC staff! This is so nice of you.

  8. What’s it like having a new horse? I would be so happy if I had my own horse!

  9. horsejo, when you hand feed a horse you need to flatten out your hand with all your fingers touching including the thumb right? i guess that’s becuase the horse might mistake it as food! ouch!

  10. Congradulations Horsejo! It was a job well-done. That was some fantastic ideas, and thanks to you, me and probably my future horse will have the best time!

  11. Marisa, that is right! You don’t want him to bite you.

  12. Actually, Marisa, I’ve never had a new horse. But when my good friend got a new horse, I pretty much had a new horse of my own! It is really fun to have a new horse, but like my blog says, you really should take it slow, for the horse’s sake.

  13. Madeliania, thank you! That was so sweet! I hope this works on your future horses! And I hope it works on my futurew horse, when I get one, that is. Just thank you everyone who submits to the blog, thank you for the many book club writers, and thank you GHC staff, and LeadMare. I just couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you tons for all of the help you have given me along the way to becoming a better writer! I needed it. I know this was a long speech, but the point is: thank you everyone! Thank you so much!

  14. so nice! i couldn’t read a few of the words, but i’m not very old. but even at this age i can tell you one thing, you did a good job on this blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Oh, thank you Amy! You are so sweet.

  16. That was such a touching speech Horsejo! And you can count on me to hear all about your new horse! :)

  17. oh, Madelaina, thank you! I’m glad you liked my little speech. I just love to write and I never stop!

  18. well, this isn’t all true. You can always handfeed your horse on the first day. It gains trust and as long as the horse isn’t blind, it won’t make the horse nervous in any way. As long as your hand is flat and the food is in the middle of your hand, it should all be okay and the horse can’t nip you. Another thing that isn’t exactly true is you said that you should not seriously ride on the first day. What you do, is you walk around the arena for a good 15 minutes or so showing him/her the surroundings and what obstacles you want it to do, then you get on it’s back and do the same thing for just about 10 minutes. Inspect all of it’s gaits a couple of times and then take it over some smaller obstacles working up slowly as the day passes by. But, yes you can seriously ride your horse on the very first day. The last thing I have to say is that is not the correct way to groom your horse if you want a good, healthy, clean horse. I’ll make a blog of my own that you can check out and correct your mistakes, but you did a wondeful job with pictures and things.

  19. Actually, you can do it soon, but not right away.

    Take this story by Tia Maria:

    You see, that they have blind spots and well they could just eat your thumb. You must curve your fingers. You can feed them right away, but at your own risk!

    And you CAN ride the horse on the first day, well of course you can. It is up to you. But it isn’t always a good idea. If the horse just comes, they need time to get used to the new home. And you should trust a horse before you ride them.

    Thank you for your time.

  20. Awesome blog!! Its very helpful is you ask me. Oh and I love the pictures:)

  21. Thanks Katlyn! :)