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Horse Etiquette

Every so once in a while, urban life intertwines with rural life and you come across a horse.  It can be a very exciting encounter for so many that do not have the opportunity to interact with horses on a regular basis.  To have a positive experience, Pets on Mom shares some things that you should remember when you have chance meeting with a horse:

  1. Always ask the owner permission to touch the horse.
  2. If the owners agrees, talk to the horse first in a gentle voice and greet it.
  3. Offer your closed hand gently for the horse to smell.  If the horse lowers its head or turns towards you, this shows acceptance.
  4. Pet the mare only on the the neck and not the face but if the horse moves away stop petting.
  5. Never stand behind a horse or come up from behind as you may startle it.
  6. If the horse rears or kicks, back away at least 15 feet from it.

Horses like humans deserve to be treated in a respectful manner.  Approaching a horse in the best way can help ensure a pleasant experience.  Like people, horses can also have a bad day so following these basic suggestions can be helpful.

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For full article:  How to Pet a Horse

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