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It's always easier to ride a horse when both you and the animal trust each other. You can ride a horse that is uneasy around you, but it's much easier when you are both comfortable and steady around the other. However, especially if your horse has been abused in its past, it can be difficult to get your horse to trust you. With time and patience, however, a beautiful relationship can be built.

If your horse has never been mistreated but is skittish by virtue, it will also make it harder for the horse to have faith in you. All it takes is some time together. You need to think through how you wish to move towards him. Ensure that your movements are slow and steady and do move towards the horse from its left flank. When approaching a horse with things in your hand, do put your hands in front of you to let him ascertain that there is nothing threatening with what you are holding.

Do not wear baggy outfits when you are moving close to a skittish horse. Your clothing could catch the wind and this can cause a disturbance that will cause the horse to be jumpy. Once they learn to link you with a kind of fear, it will take a far longer time for the horse to gain confidence in you. It is not a good thing if the horse moves or shies away from its owner over things.

It is never advised to force a horse to attempt and act it is not sure of. Do get your horse to have full confidence in you before even attempting to get him to do jumps or venture to strange terrain. Let him gain assurance in himself by trying easier obstacles and running down wide open courses. If he trips and regains his footing, it might make it that much harder for him to have faith in you while attempting it again and you will also doubt his abilities while attempting it again. So long as you know that each of you can trust the other, you will have a safe and successful ride.

You find that there are greater challenges when trying to gain the confidence of a horse that has been mistreated before. You should not be demoralized, however. Patience and love has been known to work with many horses.

One good method to get close to a horse that has been mistreated is to spend time just chatting and being in his presence. Speak in a mellow and steady tone and carry treats with you. Don't try to ride him and definitely don't ask him to do anything he doesn't want to do. Days can pass before he is no longer spooked by your presence. You can try to move closer to him if he is not bothered by your presence. A frightened horse is a very dangerous animal, so be sure that you do not corner him. Offer him a treat and try to stroke his muzzle. You will know that you are making headway when he is willing to take the treat from your palms!

If you can touch your horse and he lets you pat him, you are nearly there. Do not attempt to get on a horse that has been mistreated previously without the supervision of professional trainers who are skilled with dealing with such horses. You do not wish to be in the situation whereby you are on the back of a horse that only trusts you when you are on the ground, but not when you are on its back.

Moses Wright is the webmaster of PetQuery. He provides horse riding supplies info and basic horse care tips and guide on his web site.

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