Be a Better Horseman-Craig Cameron
Relax a Horse
This is one of my favorite ways to relax an overly anxious horse - one that shows a little fear of being handled. You should be able to touch your horse all over his body without him being afraid. This desensitizing exercise helps take the fear out of the horse. Rub a long, soft, cotton rope all over the horse's body in a quiet, deliberate and rhythmic way. Run it up and down his legs and around his flanks, heart-girth, and hindquarters. If he's saddled, pop the stirrup leathers, pick up the back cinch, rock the saddle horn. Make sure the horse is comfortable with being handled all the way through his body. If the process spooks him, stop, wait and then start again. This "sacking out" helps him relax physically, mentally and emotionally.
- Craig Cameron
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