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Socializing Your Horse

Your horse’s socialization is a huge part of who they are and how they behave. Horses are, by nature, a herd animal. They only feel comfortable when around others. This does not have to mean other horses; this could be other animals or trusted humans as well. The socialization of your horse is important to not only their happiness, but their proper behavior. A horse that is properly socialized will be comfortable in its surroundings. If this is done properly, it will minimize or eliminate behavior issues and make your time with your horse more enjoyable.

Stables and fences are completely opposite a horse’s genetic design, yet we want them to live in this situation happily and without qualms. We are comfortable in a world of walls and borders. We are usually comfortable having our area mapped with fences, but horses are designed for the open. They have a fight or flight instinct that causes them to constantly be on the lookout for the quickest escape route. We need to find ways to eliminate the stress of this situation and make the horse comfortable in his surroundings without stifling his innate instincts.