How Do I Bond With My Horse?


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How do you get a horse to trust you?

When you get a new horse, it is natural that you want to bond with him. Hopefully, your new horse means the beginning of an exciting new relationship.

Your horse will not automatically fall in love with you as you probably will, as relationships can take time. Here are ways to help the bond between you and your new horse.

Firm, Fair, and Consistent

As with children, you must be firm, fair, and consistent. At all times, you must be firm in your leadership. Communicate clearly and firmly your expectations regarding your horse's manners and behavior.

If you ask your horse to step over five steps, and your horse knows how to do it, don't get carried away five steps back and three steps back.

But be fair. Do not expect a horse to do something that he is not trained to do or physically cannot do. And be consistent. When you ask your horse to back off, do so, in the same way, always.

Feed it at the same time. Use the same aids and cues every time you work with your horse. Horses are creatures of habit and they like predictability.

Don't just show up for "business hours"

Showing up just to ride or drive can be a temptation given the busy schedules most of us have. But try to take time just to visit.

Simple things like grazing with your hands on some lush grass that you normally can't access, scratching your belly or neck, and just hanging out together is a relaxing way to bond.

Bring treats

There are horse people who are against giving them treats. But horses exist solely for our pleasure, and most of us like to see our horses enjoy pleasure.

The key to feeding treats is making sure you are consistent in feeding them safely.

Understand body language

Understanding your horse's body language and shaping his body language will help you communicate with your horse and create a closer bond.

However, this must be done consistently. Something like "bonding" or other behaviors you have taught won't be permanent if your horse never knows what to expect from you.

Learn to understand what your horse is thinking by observing his facial expressions (yes, horses do), ears, tail, and posture.


Allogrooming is a common behavior seen in horses. Allogrooming is when two horses nibble along each other's ridge and back, and 'groom' and scratch each other (humans do too, like when two girls comb their hair).

Grooming your horse is a nice way to bond. Your horse will appreciate it when you can brush areas it cannot reach, such as the chest, belly, and between the legs.


Respect that your horse is a horse, not a human or large dog. While your horse will learn to enjoy spending time with you, he will also need the company of other horses.

Horses don't care about the same things we do: color-coordinated gear, winning prizes, or perfectly manicured stalls. They want shelter from bad weather, good pasture, water, and company, and leadership from someone they can trust.

Massage and other amenities

Learning the basics of equine massage or other therapeutic touches can help you bond with your horse. If your horse knows that he can trust you to relax, he will enjoy his time with you.

Not only will your horse enjoy it, but it can also improve his performance. Many horses learn to lean on the pressure of massage or even chiropractic work, which tells them where they need to work.

Experience things together

Just as a shared experience between people can bring you closer, so can you share experiences with your horse. The more you train, ride, or lead your horse, the more you and your horse will learn to understand each other.

Here, competitors could claim that their horse looked after them during a competition, even if they did not feel at the top of their game. His bond with his horse developed on the basis of mutual trust is sometimes difficult conditions.

Enjoy The Video Tutorial about HOW TO BOND WITH A NEW HORSE (3 Ways) 🐴

Source: JSHorsemanship

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