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Ten Ways to Show Your Horse You Love Him


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  1. Bring your horse in and give him a very good grooming. Then turn him (back) out.
  2. Get a referral to a human physical therapist to work on evenness and flexibility in your body.
  3. Read or reread a book by one of the masters of horse psychology and training.
  4. Participate in a seminar on clicker training. Use the technique to put your horse in charge of his learning; it’s up to him to figure out what he needs to do to hear that click and get a treat.
  5. Figure out how to divide your horse’s daily hay ration into one additional
  6. Try a new activity with your horse. Incorporate trotting poles, try Le TREC, or trailer to a place you’ve never ridden.
  7. Enroll in yoga or Pilates.
  8. Take a private lesson.
  9. Stretch before you ride.
  10. Trailer your horse somewhere, hand graze him, then take him home.

Editor’s Note: And perhaps the best way of all… make sure you subscribe to Eclectic Horseman Magazine!

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Sue Stuska Ed.D.
Sue received her doctorate from Virginia Tech. In addition to teaching equine studies at several colleges and universities, she has worked at various jobs in the equine industry; her current position centers around the wild horse herd on Shackleford Banks, a barrier island in coastal North Carolina.