How to Tame a Newly Purchased Horse

Horses have different personality types just like human beings.

If you are not well-acquainted with them, you better hold off the feeling of excitement in horseback riding. Horses are generally harmless but can be hostile especially to other people or when they are in a new environment.

But, just like any other animal they are very much trainable although it takes quite some time. If you are a new horse owner, you better be bonded with your horse in a gradual manner and with the supervision of someone who is knowledgeable about horse taming.

There are three principles that you must know about horses:

first, horses are teachable and possible to do anything as long as it is properly trained and in a manner that is socially and legally accepted.

Secondly, horses do not know their strength and do not know what they are capable of doing. They need an owner or a “master” who can equal their strength and help them guide and discover what they can actually do.

Lastly, horses have senses too. As the owner, you can actually make them maximize these senses (i.e. smelling, seeing and feeling) as long as they do not feel taken advantaged of or forced to do something they are still incapable of doing.

Knowing these basic facts will enable you as the owner to successfully bond with your horse and eventually tame it to automatically recognize you as the owner; and train him in doing at least the basic stunts. To be able to work together with your horse, tame it then train it like you are teaching a child in school.

Horse taming is commonly known as “breaking”. It typically begins when you have made it comfortable to riding routines and follows the commands of its owner. To actually tame a horse, you will need a “lasso” to catch it. And when it refuses to give in to you, your lasso is the key to capture it and make it follow your directions.

You have to remember that breaking a horse entails balance. Once you have ridden it, expect that it will resist your force. So, while you are riding on the horse, you should know how to balance well to avoid falling down and letting the opportunity fly by.

Riding a horse can be very tricky. So, if you feel like one side of its leg is tilting, you should put your balance on the opposite direction. Just repeat the routine and eventually, the horse will be able to learn the routine.

Remember the key point which is, put your weight on the opposite side where the horse is lowering down its legs.

Horses can only feel what you transmit to them. They cannot talk nor feel like human beings. So, use your senses in relaying your message to your horse. You can do this by using your hands, legs, and seat direction in telling your horse what you want them to do.

It is the bond that you build through time that hones the personality of your horse.