The relationship between you and your horse can be really special, but it may take time and some careful cultivation! Having a strong bond with your four-legged friend can help both of you to get more from your training and work together, as well as developing a mutual feeling of trust. To help you get started, we’ve put together these six helpful tips on how to bond with your horse!
1. Have a break
If the only time you spend with your horse is when you’re in the saddle, it might be time to dismount for a while! Learn to hang out with your equine friend in different situations around the stable and paddock. Even sitting to read a book close to them will help you get used to each other’s company!
2. Do the groundwork
While you’re out of the saddle, you can try some groundwork exercises with your pony. Teaching them to be led and to listen to you from the ground could mean they’ll listen to you more while out riding. Groundwork can also help your horse to see you as the leader of the herd, so they may hold you in greater respect.
Many horses enjoy being groomed, and they instinctively groom each other socially. Paying that same attention to your horse will show them that you care, and allow you to share some quality time together. Throwing in a few scratches in itchy spots can also help them to feel more comfortable and relaxed!
4. Silence is golden
Horses can get as much from our body language and emotions as from speech, perhaps more. So why not take an opportunity occasionally to enjoy some quiet time together with your horse? Explore their paddock together, help them get to a particularly lush patch of grass, and just enjoy being in each other’s company.
5. Body language
Paying attention to your horse’s body language could help you to better understand their feelings! There are many different signs that your four-legged friend will give you about how they’re feeling, and you can find out about these in our infographic Understanding your Horse’s Body Language.
6. Be responsible!
One way to really bond with your horse is to spend time looking after them each day. Even if you’d usually leave the grooming, turning out and other day-to-day jobs to someone else, spending a month seeing to these tasks could enable them to see you as their leader, and someone who really has their back!
Whether you’re bringing home a new pony, or looking to strengthen your bond with your older horse, hopefully we’ve provided some inspiration! You might also want to consider taking out horse insurance to protect your filly against the unexpected. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer flexible Horse Insurance that can be made to suit your lifestyle with our range of Optional Benefits, such as Vet’s Fees cover up to £5,000 per incident*. You could also grab a 30% discount^ when you take out your policy. So why not head over to The Insurance Emporium today to find out if we’ve got the right policy for your horse!
* Vet’s Fees cover up to £5,000 available on lunar monthly policies where the Optional Benefit has been selected.
^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-horse Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one payment on annual policies.
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