How to Act in a Stable

You have to be careful in a stable. This is a great article if you're starting to ride at a riding school, getting a horse or you love horse's and want to be fully prepared..

Steps

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    Never run in the yard. Running can scare the horses, and is dangerous for you too a you can easily slip. Walk, or power walk if the horses are calm.
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    Never yell or shout. Yelling/shouting can scare the horses. Use a calm quiet voice at all times.
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    Never look a horse in the eye. This is thought of as threatening. Look just below or around the shoulder.
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    Never approach a horse from behind. Go calmly towards their shoulder.
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    Never make loud noises as you may spook the horse. Spooked horse's can often panic and hurt themselves.
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    Even if it is raining, don't use an umbrella or were flapping waterproofs. These can spook even the most quiet of horse's.
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    Don't be silly. No splashing water at your friends or "galloping" around the yard. Save this for the park.
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    Never leave a horse unattended. If they are tied up, tacked up, etc. this can be quite dangerous.
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    Don't climb over gates. This cause's them to drop. Open them them like everyone else.
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    No smoking. Smoking is prohibited in all yards for obvious reasons. One cigarette in the straw and you have a barn fire on your hands.
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    Be kind and polite, especially to the yard owners.
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    Don't distract people who are riding. They may be trying something difficult, and not only may you throw their concentration, you could also spook their horse.
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    Obey any and all rules that the yard may have in place.

Tips

  • Talk calmly.
  • If you're in a hurry, and none of the horses are known to get scared easily, jog a smooth, slow, and steady jog.
  • Remember Q.U.E.E.N.: Quiet, Unnoticed, Easy In, Easy Out, Never Run Or Yell.

Article Info

Categories: Horse Care