How to Calm an Unsteady Horse

If you have a new horse, or simply an old horse that misbehaves and is always unsettled and nervous, then here are some ways that you can help it.


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    Maybe he has an injury that is unseen to the naked eye. You may want to check over his tack to make sure nothing is hurting him. If you find nothing, and he still misbehaves, then you may want to consult a vet. His saddle may be rubbing, so always make sure you have a saddle-cloth on him whenever wearing a saddle. The girth may be rubbing as well. There is also another thing, if he is always pulling and is upset when you control him, then it may be because of his growing teeth. If his tooth has grown has tooth too long in the wrong angle, it may be rubbing against the bit, or hurting the inside of his mouth when you put the bit in. If you discover this is the problem, or maybe think this is the problem, then go straight to a vet.
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    It may be an injury he's had. If you have had a recent fall or twist, then check him all over. But make sure that you have an experienced rider with you when doing this, because it can be dangerous. If you think you've found anything that looks abnormal (you can do this by feeling across his body, and feel him wince or something if you touch an injury), then take him to a vet to have him professionally examined.
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    It could also be the way you ride. If your pulling too hard on his mouth, then you may want to lighten your hand and choose maybe a softer bit. If you are squeezing him too hard, then this could also be the reason why he misbehaves.
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    If you haven't had your horse since he was born, then should probably check where he came from, like if he was mistreated. If this is the reason, then he may feel unsettled or scared when someone is riding him. If he was ill-treated, then this can really damage the horse, not just physically, but mentally the most. To help your horse more thoroughly, then you should check if he way ill-treated, if he was, then if you feel you can, in what way. If you find out how he was mistreated, then you'll be able to find out where his mental wounds are, and sooth them with your good-horsemanship.
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    It may be one of the other people who come near him, or ride him as well if you are sharing him. If you find out that this is the problem, then gently talk to the other rider or person about this. Tell them to try to be calmer, if they're quite boisterous.
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    It may just be your horse's general health. Just to make sure, check over things, see that he is getting the right nutrition, and sleep. Sleep is very important, if he is not getting enough rest, then make sure that he will, because just like us, horses can get grouchy and grumpy if they don't get enough rest.


  • Always talk to your horse
  • Examine everything, and make sure you work thoroughly
  • Never rush things, if he's doing well, then don't start pushing him forward too much.



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