The Best Ways to Handle Horses with Different Personality Types

Horses, like humans, have distinctive personalities. Some horses are bold while others are timid, which can be a challenge, specifically if you need to overcome any extremes in their psychological makeup.

The keys to having a good relationship with your horse are mutual respect and trust. Both of which can be achieved by establishing rapport with each other. How do you build rapport? By getting to know your horse’s unique personality through doing a variety of activities together, this will ensure you build a solid bond with him. If you don’t take the time to get to know your horse, all your other efforts will be in vain. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland and discover your horse’s true character.

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Here are some insights on the proper handling of horses with different personalities.

The Eager Beaver – You will seldom go wrong with this type of horse because he will pay attention to your commands and perform well. While it is easy to handle this type of horse, you should still be considerate and sensitive when riding him. This consideration will keep your horse energetic and dependable all the time.

The Sensitive Horse -Support and encouragement are essential to this type of horse. While a sensitive horse is obedient, he won’t be if he’s insecure or scared. Hence, you need to be the person he can have confidence in. Never intimidate a sensitive horse with aggressive action or forceful reprimands. Intimidation will cause him not to trust you.

The Nervous Nellie – This type of horse usually dislikes physical contact or touch, so you need to be extremely alert and patient when working with him. For example, you must gently slide a blanket or a rug on him because sudden motions can make him more anxious. Calm and consistent handling will encourage him to explore beyond his comfort zones.

The Overachiever – Oftentimes pushy because of its great desire to perform well, an overachiever needs a firm hand from its leader. Use a firm hand in guiding and overachiever horse. Guide him consistently about the rules he must follow and ensure you keep him from pushing into your space so that he knows that you’re the one in control.

The Quiet One – You can expect a quiet horse to behave well all the time; because he’s safe to ride, he’s great for beginner riders. Generally kind in nature, the one thing you must never do with this horse is test his patience by treating him badly.

Because every horse is different, you must take the time to observe and understand the personality of each of your horses. Patience is required from you but the time you take to get to know your horse will be well rewarded. The results will be easier training and handling of him because you’ll know what makes him tick.

Horses and Teenagers with Behavioral Issues

Most teenagers today are withdrawn or angry.  According to psychologists, such a behavior is caused by their negative relationships with family and friends.

Bonding with a horse can correct this behavior. Horses are honest in their encounters with people. This makes them effective emotional mirrors. As emotional mirrors, horses can help correct the negative behaviors among teenagers. Psychologists call this equine-assisted therapy.

Horses are social animals by nature. They have different moods and personalities. They also display different emotions like anger, fears, happiness, sadness, etc. Being sensitive to surrounding energies, horses respond suitably to human interaction. Because of this, horses are capable of teaching teenagers proper interaction to other people and proper relationship towards themselves.horse sense business dot com

Horses respond negatively to negative emotions, positively to positive emotions. They do not respond to intimidation or aggression. Hence, teens who want to bond with them must try positive means of communication to win their trust.  In the process, teenagers  are able to gain insights about their behavior and true emotions.  This guides them to look for more positive and productive ways to interact with horses.

Learning positive skills cause teenagers to earn self-confidence and trust. Genuine interaction with horses allow teenagers to breakout from the negative cycle of emotions. Eventually, they experience calmness and healing. They become more responsible with their actions and reactions not only with horses but also with their family and friends.

Dog Theft 101: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

We often depend on our dogs for safety and protection. However, we sometimes forget that they are also subject to danger. Theft is one of the dangers that we need to protect our dogs from.

There are many situations in which a dog may be vulnerable. Nevertheless, if we understand something about the places dog theft is likely to occur, we can be more alert and make it harder to would-be dog thieves to succeed. The following are the high risk scenarios for dog theft.

Placing dogs in autos – Dogs left in a car with the car window are easy to grab.

Leaving dogs in the backyard – Dogs are free to roam around when left in the backyard without supervision. Thieves are then able to use baits to attract the dog and capture it easily.

Tying dogs in front of businesses – Dogs left tied in front of stores give an impression that their owners are too busy to check on their security.

Dogs are stolen for many reasons. These include:

Baiting – Gangs involved in dog fights often steal dogs that they can use as ‘baits’ or training tools for their fighting dogs.

Laboratory testing – Research laboratories engage in unlawful purchase of dogs to test their inventions. Thieves may sometimes sell the dogs they have stolen to these laboratories.

Selling – Purebred and mixed breed dogs are stolen and sold as expensive commodities nowadays.

Keeping – Some dog theft cases are emotionally motivated. Thieves steal dogs thinking the pets deserve more love and care from their owners than they are getting. So, they keep and raise the stolen dogs themselves.

Observe the following tips to ensure that your dogs don’t end up stolen.

Keep an eye on your dogs – Check on them every now and then especially when they’re left to play in your backyard.

Use a heavy-duty leash – A heavy-duty leash can keep your dogs from running away from you whence their attention gets distracted.

Use a good dog collar – A good dog collar with an identification tag will help anyone finding your dog to contact you and return your pet.

Consider micro-chipping – Micro-chipping is a painless procedure that is another way lost dogs can be identified with the use of a scanner.

Here’s a neat infographic from Omega Security Solutions that I found online. You might find it helpful.

Dognapped: Dog Theft and How to Prevent It