How to Approach Horses

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eQn Publishing, Feb 26, 2017 - Pets - 52 pages

When you're in the countryside you’re likely to meet horses and ponies, whether you plan to or not. HOW TO APPROACH HORSES offers clear and straightforward advice on making the most of your encounter — however brief.

If you're running or cycling it can be tempting to squeeze past a horse that's in your way, but unlike a bicycle the horse has a mind of its own and can be unpredictable. Will it kick? What's the safe way to get in front?

When you're driving and there's a horse on the road it can be frustrating to have to slow down and hold back. But knowing the right way to get past — and why it makes a difference — will make the situation safer for everyone, and reduce the risk of a potentially fatal accident.

How do you handle wild ponies or horses in a field on your footpath? What if they start running around or try to steal your picnic? Is it safe? Can you stroke them — and where's the best place to do it so the horse doesn't toss its head or tread on your foot? Is it OK to give them a sweet or treat, or should you just walk away?

What if you're walking your dog and meet a horse or pony? Why do horses and dogs react to each other? What makes a frightened animal so dangerous, why do horses kick — and how can we all help each other?

Horses can seem large and intimidating, and their behaviour mysterious and irrational, but HOW TO APPROACH HORSES will help you understand the sort of things that spook horses and how they might react — plus practical advice on what to do next.

From the first time you meet a horse through helping in the stable-yard or taking care of your own horse or pony, eQn GUIDES are a source of clear equestrian information that you can trust. Dip in for quick reference or take your time to get a bigger picture — all for the price of a magazine.

 

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About the author (2017)

Lis Clegg is an author and journalist who specialises in equestrian subjects (but once wrote a poster guide called How To Dance Like Take That). Her books will help you enjoy being around horses and ponies, showing you how to have fun and achieve great results safely.


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