Horse happiness v.s human happiness

A horse’s happiness is opposite a humans happiness. Horses want space, friends and routine. Humans want convenience, cleanliness and fancy.

Horses are content in a large pasture, a good muddy area to roll, clean water isn’t always top of their list they sometimes prefer puddles or ponds over a clean water bucket. This is because they get added minerals in the dirty water. It’s not the kind of dirty that will hurt them they are smart and can sense harmful presence in their environment and will steer clear. Some horse’s won’t drink city water because the smell of chemicals, yet we see it as clean and filtered and safe. Maybe we should take notes from the horse? Just a thought. Too over filtered or too much chlorine isn’t good for anyone and the horse’s naturally know this. Don’t drink out of the pond by any means, we are sissy’s in comparison to animals systems. That being said, horse prefer to live simply yet they look forward to your visits and company because they are herd animals. Visit often even if you can’t ride.

A humans perspective of happiness in the sense of barn and stable conditions are ridiculous but for good reason. Our world revolves around the all mighty dollar. We would bubble wrap our horse’s if it meant they stayed unscathed. But a bubble wrapped horse is not a happy horse. Stalls, cement isles, feedings twice a day, over vaccinating, over feeding of supplements, hard work, sharp turns and extensive athletic demands are part of our horse happiness. Not theirs.

Horse’s can do many things with amazing agility and talent but asking them to do so too much will hurt them down the road. I’ve heard many horse body workers say “if a horse is worked in a straight line I’d be out of a job”. This means the circles we make them do and tight turns on barrels or cutting or roping and reining causes the horse’s added strain and needing to be adjusted more often to keep them comfortable and healthy.

Just keep in mind next time you’re looking for horse accommodations, think of what your horse would be shopping for as well so you both stay happy and remain a well communicated team.

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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