Quiet time

I like to stand quietly with my horse for a few minutes after riding, particularly if it has been a demanding session. This seems to fit a horses’ psychology. Horses will run each other around but afterwards they share quiet time together and all get along. I think if a rider doesn’t take the opportunity to share time like this with the horse, then the rider risks being perceived only as an aggravator by the horse. Someone who appears a couple of times each day and nothing more. On many occasions I have noticed a horse really relax and be very playful with me after a ride while we were just standing around. I think this is even more valuable if we are new to a horse.

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