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SAFETY & HORSES

Horses are prey animals, with one of the fastest reaction times of any domesticated animals. This means they can go from fright to flight VERY fast! Horse experience the world very different from the way humans do. Their eyes do not see color (black, white, shades of great) and are very detail focused. They hear a bit better and have an acute sense of smell. Everything about the horse is geared towards “surviving the experience” and running away from any perceived danger. If the horse cannot run then it will buck, bolt, rear, strike and bite as needed.

When humans are experiencing horses we must keep in mind some basic “safety factors” in order to remain safe, establish leadership and create a connection.

THE RULE OF SIXES: When moving around the horse be either six inches from the horse, and place your hand on the horse OR be six FEET away from the horse!
APPROACH THE EYE: Never RUN up on a horse from any direction! Predators RUN up to horses and this can scare them into flight/fight mode. Walk calmly towards the eye of the horse. Let the horse see you before touching, petting or asking the horse to move.

THE HORSEMAN’S HANDSHAKE: Some horses do not like their faces touched so when we meet a horse for the first time, let them sniff the back of your hand, take it away and then repeat a couple of times before stroking the neck and shoulder area. 
 
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SAFETY & HORSES Horses are prey animals, with one of the fastest reaction times of any domesticated animals. This means they can go from fright to flight VERY fast! Horse experience the world very different from the way humans do. Their eyes do not see color (black, white, shades of great) and are very detail focused. They hear a bit better and have an acute sense of smell. Everything about the horse is geared towards “surviving the experience” and running away from any perceived danger. If the horse cannot run then it will buck, bolt, rear, strike and bite as needed. When humans are experiencing horses we must keep in mind some basic “safety factors” in order to remain safe, establish leadership and create a connection. THE RULE OF SIXES: When moving around the horse be either six inches from the horse, and place your hand on the horse OR be six FEET away from the horse! APPROACH THE EYE: Never RUN up on a horse from any direction! Predators RUN up to horses and this can scare them into flight/fight mode. Walk calmly towards the eye of the horse. Let the horse see you before touching, petting or asking the horse to move. THE HORSEMAN’S HANDSHAKE: Some horses do not like their faces touched so when we meet a horse for the first time, let them sniff the back of your hand, take it away and then repeat a couple of times before stroking the neck and shoulder area. #pineridgeduderanch, #upstateny, #horses, #advancedriding, #horsebackriding, #horsemanship, #trailrides, #ulstercountyny, #ulstercountytourism, #familygetaway, #staycation, #allinclusivefamilyvacation, #hudsonvalley, #iloveny, #thegreatoutdoors, #socialdistancing, #ranchlife, #newyork, #horselife, #equine, #equestrian, #nyhorsecouncil