Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Day three: relax

Being an "in-your-pocket" type horse, this exercise really appealed to Stevie.  Within five minutes, I was able to lower her head to the ground.  A few more minutes, and I could do it from my knees.  Being able to put your horse's head down is beneficial for so many reasons. 
  • It causes a natural relaxation response. 
  • It makes the horse far more easy to halter and bridle
  • It is much easier to braid, clip ears and bridle paths when you don't have to climb a step ladder to get to your horse!
  • If you ever need to doctor your horse's face or eyes, it will be a far easier task.  
  • It is a submissive posture, and can help develop trust and respect.  

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