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Monday, 3 June 2019

3 Reasons why your horse doesn't like you


I had a realisation this week, my horse hates me.  Zoe, to be exact.  I am so used to my horses wanting to be around me and trusting me but not Zoe.  

I have realised that there are a lot of reasons that this has happened and many of them are from her previous home.  I have done so much work with Zoe for the 5 years I have owned her and yet this still isn't enough.  

I thought a lot about how much Zoe freaking hates me and how I can fix it.  So, I thought I would share this with you some of the main reasons why your horse might hate you.  


1.  Not Enough Human Interaction


Sometimes when your horse wasn't brought up with constant human interaction, the horse will never be completely comfortable with you.  For example, my horse Zoe was left in a field until she was 7 years old.  She then was broken in but honestly didn't really do anything until I got her at age 14.  Unfortunately, the damage has already been done with her.  




2.  You Aren't Part Of The Herd 




This a big reason for a horse not liking you.  I noticed that when I let Zoe walk around the indoor school, she would go to the riding mirrors (thinking that it was another horse) instead of me.  I know this is not right as my other 3 horses will explore, walk back to me then explore again.  

This means the horse doesn't recognize you are part of the herd so they will go to horses over you.  This means that your horse will not rely on you, trust you or even like you very much.  

So, what can you do?  Well, it starts with spending A LOT of time with your horse.  It's is best to take the horse any from its friends to a riding school or field.  This will give you the chance to really spend time with the horse without other horse's taking the attention away from you.  Simple training such as treating your horse for walking up to you will really help with this.  




3.  Previous Home Was Abusive


Horses react in different ways to abuse.  Although Zoe has never been abused, Shandy has.  When I bought him, he was 6 years old and completely terrified of people.  This made him seem like he didn't like people at all.  Even now, only a couple people have his trust.  He is 16 years old now.  He will turn his butt towards anyone who goes into his stable that he doesn't trust.  I have had people tell me that they were worried he would kick them.  He wouldn't hurt a fly but he wants to get his head as far away from the person as possible.  

Sometimes, when a horse is scared, he will react negatively towards humans.  And who blames them?  Gaining trust from your horse takes a LONG time but when you have it, the horse will truly like you being around.   



*disclaimer* 

I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  

TheRider'sReins 

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