Take your shoes off and stay a while

We’ve all heard the term “take your shoes off and stay a while”. What does that mean in regards to horses? Well, we live in a world of instant gratification. We want something we usually have the means to make it happen right away. Not with horses. Horses are on their own time. If you don’t have patience they will teach you otherwise and usually the hard way.

The lesson here is about settling a new horse into the barn. There’s a process. Yes letting them relax in their stall a few days with turn out to stretch and roll and play is all well and good but there’s more to it. Horses will be most comfortable where they spend the most time. In their stalls but when you let them stick to that too long then want to go outside they are herd bound and barn sour. We get frustrated but why? We created this monster. You can avoid all of this by bringing the horse around the barn after two days of acclimation. Let them graze away from the barn, scratch and love on them. Talk to them. Be the buddy they seek comfort from. Once you establish this you’ll never have herd bound or barn sour problems!

Be patient, make short visits around the barn in the beginning to avoid overwhelming the animal. The goal is comfort and relaxation. No force. No fear. In a week you’ll see a huge difference in the horse, your relationship with the horse and the horses confidence in his surroundings. Now you can start working them. They are ready and they are thankful you took the time.

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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