She's getting better!
As I talked about yesterday, trust is something that takes time. Most of the horses that we have around our place, and have for some time, I don’t trust very much. By that I mean I’m always on guard when I’m around them. I’m not scared of them but I’m always watching to make sure that nothing startles them and they jump in my lap.
For example, if I’m shoeing a horse I try to always set them up so that they can see. If someone comes down to the barn while we are doing this I want to make sure that the horse has a clear view of anyone that may come in. I do that so he won’t get surprised and jump, because he has been startled, and jump on top of me.
Then there are horses that I’ve had in my lifetime that I trust. I know how they are going to react if someone does come down to the barn unannounced. I know that they will just wait. They will wait for me to tell them what to do, if anything. I trust them.
I think it's good to always have your guard up when you are around horses. I tell folks when they come here to work or at clinics, horses are living breathing thinking animals, and they are not always thinking the way we would like.
Make sure your horse earns your trust before you blindly give it to him, only to find yourself hurt because he did not act the way you thought he would. Even when you have trust in your horse, things still can, and will, happen.
The best we can do to minimize our chances of getting injured when working with horses, is teach our horses that we are the leaders. Subservient horses do not kick the leader and they will do all they can to get out of the way of a dominate horse. That means make sure your groundwork is solid on your horses.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.