A horse's emotions depend on her surroundings and the emotions of her human counterpart. Some horses have a tendency to spook, while others are naturally nervous and over-reactive. When your horse acts up in your presence, give her a nice rub on the neck and back. This way the horse will know you are there and and start to feel safe again. Forming a trusting bond with your horse is the best way to keep her calm.
1. Get ahold of yourself. If you are feeling nervous or upset, calm yourself down because it will only make the situation worse. Try to maintain a non-threatening posture by looking at the ground and turning slightly to the side(predators always look a horse in the eye), keeping your arms relaxed and at your sides, avoiding sudden movements also speak softly and calmly.
2. 2Yawn,sigh, smile or laugh. This will show your horse that you are not concerned. It will eventually become an instinct that whenever your horse gets scared you will relax!
3. Identify and remove the cause of the distress, unless you're planning on "desensitizing" the horse to the situation.
4. Allow the horse to do some things he instinctively wants to do.
Ask your horse to lower his head to the grazing position.
Rub the horse's withers and neck to imitate mutual grooming.
Give the horse something to eat. A hay net is best but treats can also work well.
Allow the horse to see around him and investigate objects.
Allow the horse some movement, by walking or release him into a enclosed area, if itís safe to do so.
5. If you can get your horse to hold its head still, carefully place your face close to its nose and exhale out of your mouth in time with the horse's breathing pattern. DO NOT BLOW. If you blow, the horse may find it ticklish and bite you.
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