Tips for Good Horsemanship

• To avoid being kicked, do not ride too close to the horse in front. Eitherkeep abreast or a full horse’s length behind other mounts.
• Walk the horse when going up or down hill.
• Do not force the horse to maintain a rapid gait for more than a half milewithout allowing a breathing spell.
• Walk the horse when approaching and passing through underpassesand going over bridges.
• Bring the horse in cool; ride at a walk the last mile to the stable.
• Never let the horse gorge on water or feed when he is hot.
• Groom the horse thoroughly after each ride.
• Avoid walking behind any horse.
• Wash the bit off thoroughly before hanging it in the tackroom. Removeany hair or sweat marks from the saddle and girth before putting them onthe rack. Wash all leather equipment at frequent intervals with saddlesoap.
• Feed the horse a balanced ration and keep him healthy