How to handle a horse for beginners

Have you ever wondered how to handle horses? If you’re new to the world of horseback riding, it can be difficult to learn how to safely handle these majestic animals, especially if you’ve never been around them before.

Horses can be beautiful, majestic creatures, but they can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to handle them properly. If you’re new to horse ownership, the first step in controlling your horse should be educating yourself about how to care for it and making sure it’s safe for everyone around you.

This guide will help you handle horses safely and confidently, whether riding them or caring for them as an owner.

How to handle a horse for beginners

Horses are majestic animals, and their personalities make them some of the most lovable pets you can have. However, handling horses isn’t an easy task if you’re not familiar with them you have to be careful when getting near them, and you should know how to handle them correctly so that they can enjoy their time with you.

This beginner’s guide to handling horses will introduce you to the basics of handling them without causing either of you any harm or distress.

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Greeting the Horse

The first step in learning how to handle a horse is developing a relationship of mutual respect. Start by greeting the horse calmly and quietly, letting it sniff your hand before you offer it a treat.

Be sure to move slowly and deliberately around the horse, as sudden movements can startle them. When you’re ready to start working with the horse, begin by leading it around with a rope attached to its halter. Always approach the horse from its shoulder, never head-on, and keep your voice low and soothing..

Feeding the Horse

One of the most important things you can do for your horse is to feed them properly. Horses are herbivores and need a diet that consists mostly of hay, grass, and other plants.

They also need a small amount of grain to supplement their diet. When feeding your horse, make sure to measure their food and give them fresh water every day. You should avoid overfeeding or underfeeding your horse; they will let you know if they’re hungry or thirsty by neighing or licking their lips respectively.

Tack (Equipment)

You’ll need a few things before you can start handling horses: a halter, lead rope, and horse brush. The halter goes over the horse’s head and allows you to lead and control the horse.

The lead rope attaches to the halter and is used to lead the horse around. The horse brush is used to groom the horse. It has long bristles that are stiffer than a human hair. It removes dust, dirt, loose hair, and caked on mud from the coat of the horse without causing them pain or discomfort.

Brushes come in different sizes for horses of different sizes. They also come in various types such as curry combs (for loosening dirt), wire brushes (for cleaning hooves), soft brushes (for sensitive areas like manes and tails), etc.

Grooming and Cleaning

One of the most important things you can do for your horse is to groom and clean them regularly. This not only helps keep them healthy and looking their best, but it also allows you to bond with your horse and build trust.

Start by brushing them out and picking off any dirt that has accumulated on their coat. Then give them a nice bath, which will make the job much easier! Be sure to dry them off well afterward so they don’t get a chill or get cold.

Saddling Up and Mounting Up

If you’re new to horseback riding, the process of saddling up and mounting up can seem a bit daunting. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide.

1) Start by tacking up your horse by attaching saddle blankets and pads in the right places. Next, place your saddle on top of them so that it sits squarely on the back of your horse. Now it’s time to tighten those girth straps for stability and comfort for both you and your horse.

2) While holding onto the pommel (the high front part) of your saddle, put one foot in a stirrup, then mount your horse from there. You’ll need to do this first with your right leg, and then again with your left leg. Once you’re securely seated in the saddle, use the reins to gently bring your horse into a standing position.

3) Try out different positions while mounted before you start moving around – remember that not all riders are created equal! Some riders like their seat more forward or more aft than others; some like their heels higher or lower than others; some like more room behind them or less room behind them.

Play around with these adjustments until you find what feels best for you. Remember, too, that every horse is unique and has its own way of going about things. Be sure to listen to your horse’s cues about how fast or slow they want to go, how much pressure they want under their body, and where they would prefer you hold the reins.
Once adjusted correctly, continues Maysa, you should be able to have a comfortable ride without any pain.

Basic Riding

Horses are large animals, and can be dangerous if not handled correctly. Here are some basic tips for safely handling a horse

  1. Stay calm and assertive
  2. Stand on the left side of the horse so you have a clear view of the animal’s head
  3. Ask permission before touching the animal
  4. Never run from an angry or frightened horse -Allow the horse to approach you; do not chase it
  5. Hold out your hand in front of you with your palm up to let the horse know that it is safe
  6. If startled by something behind them, turn away from it while facing towards you -This will reassure the horse and give you more time to prepare
  7. To move the horse forward, use gentle pressure on its sides with your hands at its ribs
  8. To make it go backward, use gentle pressure on its hindquarters

Releasing your horse back into its enclosure

When you’re finished riding or working with your horse, it’s important to release it back into its enclosure correctly. Here’s how -Release the reins and put both hands on the saddle horn so that you can quickly regain control if necessary

  1. Turn the horse around in a circle at a slow walk until he is facing away from his enclosure before releasing him.
  2. Remove the foot from the stirrup and make sure your weight is fully balanced in the saddle before swinging your leg over his side and down to the ground. -If you are leading two horses, hold onto one rein with one hand while still maintaining control of the other horse by using the reins. After securing one horse by putting a foot in their stirrup and turning them around, release them while still holding onto the other rein to secure that animal as well.
  3. Once all animals are secured, turn them all around again in a slow walk and then allow them to return to their enclosure on their own accord. If you are leading more than two horses, repeat these steps for each animal after completing the previous one. Make sure to close the gate behind them when they have returned safely inside!


There are a few things to keep in mind when handling a horse for the first time.

First, always approach a horse from the front or side, never from behind.

Second, make sure you have a good grip on the lead rope and that your horse is not able to pull away from you.

Third, when you’re brushing or saddling a horse, be aware of its body language and be ready to move away if it seems agitated.

And finally, remember that what you do around a horse may seem trivial but can create lasting impressions. Treat them with respect and they’ll usually return the favor.
The author concludes by saying What you do around a horse may seem trivial but can create lasting impressions.

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