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Your Horse CAN do this:
A well mannered horse does all the following consistently:
- Stands and faces me when I go in the pasture or corral to catch him
- Lowers his head into the halter or bridle
- Yields from my touch, look or rhythmic pressure anywhere on his body
- Stays respectfully out of my space when I’m leading him
- When leading him, he stops when I stop and backs up when I back up
- Respects my personal space and never touches me with any part of his body
- Allows me to touch him anywhere on his body with my hands, rope, saddle, etc.
- Picks up his feet to give them to me on cue
- Walks in the horse trailer when I direct him towards the open door
- Stands quietly without being tied while saddling
- Stands still for mounting and waits for me to ask him to move off
- Allows me to make all decisions concerning speed and direction
- Follows my focus and cues with willing, fluid movement
- Crosses water and other obstacles without resistance
- Rides away form the barn and other horses without resistance
- Stands tied patiently
- Stands with me after the halter is off until I walk away
A horse should not be expected to accept things from humans that should not be done to it in the first place such as:
- Inconsiderate or rough handling
- Inconsistent cues, requests and signals
- Using jerking or poking movements instead of calm, steady pressure
- Patting or smacking with hand (rub your horse)
- Dropping his feet back on the ground instead of lowering them down easy
- Carelessly tossing a saddle on his back (lift it on smooth and easy with a soft landing)
- Displays of any emotionally based reaction from us, such as anger or impatience
- Any type of physical punishment or traumatic experience
ED DABNEY Gentle Horsemanship 2006