Thought 4the day: Can leapards change their spots? Of course they can with help and understanding any horse/leopard can change them and become calmer. It might seem like a change is never going to happen or you can't quite see the little changes til they become positive steps but in time any horse or pony in the right hands can be calm, quiet and understood while on the ground. Ridden work is different. Some horses aren't mentally born to be ridden where as others love it but might have got lost along the way and need guidance back to the right track. Some its muscles not developed and not seen or pain from places that aren't obvious not even to the naked eye. If you know your friend you know their ways and what they can and can't do and thats all they need is understanding and love..
Fact4 the day: Investigating the World
Although the horses usual first response to unfamiliar things is flight, its second response is usually curiosity. Horses use all their senses to investigate their world, and during investigation, they tend to be very alert, excitable, and ready to flee at any hint of danger. After all, there could be a predator hiding in the investigated object.
Curiosity ...is part of the horses natural behavior, and managers must take steps to reduce accidents resulting from curiosity. Pastures should be kept clear of farm equipment, trash, and junk piles, and pasture fences should be well maintained and constructed of the safest material available. Installing electrical tape inside existing fences is a good safety feature because it teaches curious horses to stay away from the fences. Keep gates, feed rooms, and stall doors securely fastened, and remove halters when horses are stalled or turned out. When a curious horse does get in a potentially dangerous situation, calm, methodical handling will reduce the horses tendency to panic and flee.
Quote 4the day: There is no better way to connect with nature than to ride bareback