When you add a new horse to your barn, it’s likely that you’ll fall in love right away. Unfortunately, that may not be true for the horse. He may need some time to get used to the new surroundings and feel comfortable with you. Of course, it’s natural to want to bond with your new horse, so read on for a few tips for making the bonding process feel easier and more natural.
Be there for your horse
It may sound obvious, but the more time you spend around your new horse, the faster he will feel comfortable around you. That doesn’t mean that you should be constantly fussing over him, however. Take him to his enclosure and stay close by while he explores the space on his own.
Groom your horse
Grooming is one of the best ways to create a bond between a horse and the owner, so make sure you do it regularly.
Know the right way to talk
Use a firm but gentle tone when giving your horse commands. Never yell or shout at your horse.
Respect your horse
Your new horse doesn’t care about the same things that you do! He isn’t interested in winning prizes or fancy, color-coordinated gear. He likes warm shelter, abundant food and companionship from someone he trusts. Respect his needs, and he’ll be more likely to bond with you.
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