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Are Horses Meant To Be Ridden

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James Lee
• Thursday, 08 October, 2020
• 27 min read

The more I learned, the more it seemed that our present day methods seemed hell-bent on making it as difficult and chaotic as possible for the horses to fulfill their domestic responsibilities. Some believe that species ism, narcissism and abject greed are the source of the present day misaligned care and ‘usage’ of horses.

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After all, nearly 6,000 years of dependency on one animal for our survival can’t be shrugged off as simple historic melancholy. Our present day steel and plastic chariots powered by the internal combustion engine and our computer-enhanced technology makes it difficult to envision and fully appreciate how dependent our survival was on the horses.

But we chose the horses because they were the culmination of strength, speed, agility and a spiritual charisma that seems to touch the heart of human beings. Through all those millenniums of eras, horses were regarded as simple ‘beasts of burden.’ Their management, care, training and ‘usage’ was proportionate to maintaining them as usable implements specifically for our species survival.

Much of that management, care, training and usage would be regarded as insanely torturous abuse by today’s standards, (at least by most of us). When domestication led to selective breeding, specific human needs and ‘form to function’ took precedence over the all else.

Selective breeding needs ran the gamut from color, size, temperament, gait and/or specific type of usage. Yet for all the intense, highly selective breeding needs and practices, none of them have altered the maturity rate of the horse’s bone structure.

To date, no evaluations are made on the potential incremental harm done to the average horse’s bone structure carrying 20% or more of their body weight. I’m taking about the insidious damage done over a period of time that the average horse owner cannot possibly detect.

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The results of this ‘rush to ride’ are articular facet arthritis, kissing spine and many other painful musculoskeletal ailments. That design is a masterful perfection of speed, grace, agility, and strength embodied in a magnificent musculoskeletal structure fortified with exceptional sensory systems far beyond those of any human.

Biting, unpredictability, bucking, kicking, barging, shying at nothing, balking and rearing are only a few aversive behaviors that surface as a result of that adversarial ‘quick fix’ relationship. Instead, some of us have learned it is ‘the other half,’ (winning the heart and mind and spirit of our horse) that is the key to a truly harmonious relationship.

Of course there is a vast difference between what should be the slight discomfort of carrying a human, and acute or chronic pain associated with that mounted activity. Today’s marketing ploys describing it as something ‘different’ or unique doesn’t alter the fact that as far as the horses are concerned, nothing has changed.

Hard way : Needs purchasing or building a round pen or similar enclosure to make certain the horse cannot escape and various training aids such as whips, sticks or gadgets. Easy way : Needs nothing except an open area where the horse feels they have control and choice.

Hard way : Safety of the rider is completely dependent upon previous fear of punishment instilled in the horse. When pain or a situation that is more fearful than the expected punishment for disobeying, the probability of rider injury or death is extremely likely.

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Easy way : Horse and rider are equally concerned for each other’s safety and completely trust each other’s judgment. It takes time for the horse to realize and believe their human truly wants to win their heart, and give them the best life possible.

We would want to gain a deeper understanding of nutrition, hoof care, saddle fit, the probability of ulcers, ethology, (their true nature and intrinsic needs) and many other aspects that affect their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. There are alternatives to our present day dominance-based training formats and the use entrapment, intimidation and fear for some degree of control and supposed absolute submission.

It requires a goodly amount of internal fortitude to refute the generational usage, tradition, the peer pressure of well-meaning friends, and intimidation/ridicule of ‘experts’ who refuse to admit that horses are loving, caring, logical sentient beings, (or at least can be if they are given the opportunity). But the needless pain of their present day servitude is still felt in their hearts and minds and bodies.

Nearly every rider has wondered if her horse actually likes being ridden, but plenty of us have avoided asking for fear of the answer. Trainers like Shawna Carrasco have studied this question by giving horses the freedom to choose whether to work or not without fear of negative consequences.

Many horses willingly and happily opt to work with humans and express positive behaviors while being ridden. On the flip side, some horses run the other way when they look up from the round bale and see a halter in hand.

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Others are compliant during catching and saddling, but pin their ears and wring their tails in agitation while ridden. Rather than thinking of the answer as all or nothing, it’s wiser to understand which circumstances tend to make riding more or less enjoyable in general.

If your horse shows negative responses to riding, for example, it’s time to figure out where those feelings are stemming from. If you’re newer to the equestrian world, it’s worth reading this great Equus Magazine article about equine body language.

Pinned ears, tight muzzle, and whites of the eyes show unhappiness. Pay special attention to facial expression, shifts in energy level, and body language during positive and negative experiences.

It’s important not to punish your horse for expressing his feelings, especially if he shows displeasure about the activity you’re asking of him. We need our equine partners to give us feedback, so we can get to the bottom of what specifically is causing the negative response–and address it.

Testing out different ideas can help narrow down the true source of your horse’s displeasure–and ease their angst and yours. Proper choice and fit of tack is essential, and basic vet exams should be done to ensure there are no physical issues causing your horse’s discomfort (e.g. hoof problems, body misalignment, ulcers, joint pain).

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Incorporating some of your horse’s favorite things into your riding routine is a great way to help them feel positive and excited about the work. Small gestures can boost your horse’s motivation and willingness under saddle significantly.

Some horses prefer working on a variety of different skills in different locations, while others feel more confident sticking with a consistent routine. Be brave enough to encourage your horse to “speak up” and considerate enough to listen and make compromises for the betterment of you both.

She’s all about sharing her ideas on her Insightful Equine Blog and hopes to inspire others to find optimal ways of working with horses. When she’s not buried in horse projects, she loves spending time with her boyfriend, traveling, and hiking with their two squishy-faced Boston Terriers.

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(yes I know horses don't actually think like this, so don't take the phrase literally, please). But I hear so many people saying how it's cruel to the horse to have it as a lawn ornament.

Other horses I know would rather never see a saddle for the rest of their lives. Just to add to my thought and your post, I don't think they anticipate work.

They gave up certain things to get certain things, just like wolves did to become dogs. Przewalski's Horse is the only true wild horse left in existence, so the animals about which you're waxing poetic are domestic, purpose bred animals. The ones that escaped or were let go to live and breed out in the wild are still domestic animals; they've just gone feral.

Some horses live for the show ring, racetrack, or working with cattle. Sure, they share characteristics since they're the same species, but you can't say all horses would be happy if we left them alone, especially performance bred animals.

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Would you like someone strapping a saddle to you, putting a bar of metal in your mouth and sitting on you while they make you go in what would be a totally pointless direction to any horse? Being ridden isn't natural to the horse though people find it enjoyable and it's a good means of exercise for modern day horses who don't have to roam for their food over several miles each day.

And since being ridden is the only way most horses get out of the pasture and explore like they would in the wild, they look forward to it. And there are other ways of exercising a horse that doesn't involve getting on its back.

If we trail ride with another horse, and they are walking slow it gets her so mad, and she will try me, but she knows when I mean business and I'm not going to tolerate it...my gelding however.he will be 21 in May, and he still likes to be ridden but if I push him or ask him to do something he doesn't really want to do he will sometimes try to chunk me off. I couldn't ever sell him and I'm the only one who will ride him because my sister hates him because he is a brat and doesn't like it when he doesn't get his way.

Some might get sour with a job if they are doing it to long and pushed to hard. I wouldn't put something on my horse that would make them uncomfortable and would hurt them.

For some reason, probably because we provide food and care, they decide that we're OK too but I think they always see us as aliens and not quite part of the herd. I've heard people usually trainers/coaches (probably because they need more business every scrap matters) say that it's not right to not ride/exercise your horse.

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Well I have a herd of horses and sometimes I don't ride for months, but they keep their condition and are happy. They all are friendly and affectionate towards me and I to them but I don't think that means that they like it when I ride them.

Maybe they like the social, play aspect to the interactions but that's why when people use fear, intimidation or violence it just doesn't work or open the lines of communication. TheLovedOne;911314 Well I have a herd of horses and sometimes I don't ride for months, but they keep their condition and are happy.

They all are friendly and affectionate towards me and I to them but I don't think that means that they like it when I ride them. If your horse absolutely did not want to be ridden you wouldn't ride them.

Horses can come to trust people like the person is a member of the herd and as a partner. You can gain respect from your horse and trust just like you would a person.and a person wouldn't like you either if you were using fear, intimidation, and violence to get them to do what you wanted to do.

Horses are social animals and don't see humans as this awful thing if the human doesn't mistreat them. A horse will act as bad as you treat it. Just to add to my thought and your post, I don't think they anticipate work.

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They gave up certain things to get certain things, just like wolves did to become dogs. Przewalski's Horse is the only true wild horse left in existence, so the animals about which you're waxing poetic are domestic, purpose bred animals. The ones that escaped or were let go to live and breed out in the wild are still domestic animals; they've just gone feral.

Some horses live for the show ring, racetrack, or working with cattle. Sure, they share characteristics since they're the same species, but you can't say all horses would be happy if we left them alone, especially performance bred animals.

I see where you're coming from with stealing their freedom, but that was really just to emphasize that they used to just run about as they pleased and now they don't. I believe horses would rather sit in a pasture eating all day than being ridden.

My previous mare hated being caught/brushed/ saddled up/ but once she saw the barrel pattern she loved it. Well although I do ride my horses, and they act like my partner, and we do have good communication, I still think that they are happy just running about and playing with each other.

I don't think they need us to ride them. I agree with you Drum runner that horses become our partners and yes they will love back. But ya gotta know that there are lots of people out there that use fear, intimidation and violence but I shouldn't have mentioned it because that's not the focus of this thread.

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OP, what you don't seem to realize is that if humans hadn't taken the horse under their protection, the animals we know today simply wouldn't exist. Horses have been bred domestically for thousands of years.

All the horses today EXCEPT for Przewalski's are domestic bred. The different breeds and characteristics that people love simply wouldn't be around, if humanity hadn't found a use for the horse and bred it to meet their own criteria.

TB's are specifically bred to bond with people and to want to go fast, which is what makes them such superb race horses. OP, what you don't seem to realize is that if humans hadn't taken the horse under their protection, the animals we know today simply wouldn't exist.

Horses have been bred domestically for thousands of years. All the horses today EXCEPT for Przewalski's are domestic bred.

The different breeds and characteristics that people love simply wouldn't be around, if humanity hadn't found a use for the horse and bred it to meet their own criteria. TB's are specifically bred to bond with people and to want to go fast, which is what makes them such superb race horses.

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I just found this an interesting topic, and wanted to know what everyone else thought bout it. I wanted it to lean more to the side of people who think it's cruel to keep a horse as a “pasture ornament” I suppose I over-emphasized a bit too much.

I just found this an interesting topic, and wanted to know what everyone else thought bout it. I wanted it to lean more to the side of people who think it's cruel to keep a horse as a “pasture ornament” I suppose I over-emphasized a bit too much.

Please remember that some people have horses because they need them for their livelihood. Once a cow stops producing calves, she's turned into meat herself.

I don't think I've ever heard someone say it was cruel to let a horse just hang out and eat grass, but I've heard plenty of folks say the animal needs to earn its keep, which means working. I think the topic is whether it's cruel to let horses run and play in the pasture and not ride them or “use” them.

I'm sure the freedom argument could also be interesting but maybe not the intention of this thread. Doubt he liked being ridden, but he loved working cattle.

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I do know that many Border Collies LOVE herding sheep and cattle. They aren't the fanatics that a Border Collie would be, but they enjoy doing what they were bred to do.

I've never met a horse who wanted to run free...and find his own food, shelter, protection, etc. I see where you're coming from with stealing their freedom, but that was really just to emphasize that they used to just run about as they pleased and now they don't.

I'd rather be “free to do what I pleased,” but then I'd have to fight with others to be fed, warm, and safe. You sacrifice some things to benefit from others; such as “freedom” (that comes with uncertainties such as famine, disease, predators etc) for safety, food, and protection.

I've got a full tummy, nice bed... Sure I have to work for it... If they have to work a little (*ahem* an hour or two a few times a week for most horses) for security and food, so be it.

More to my point, if horses weren't owned or ridden, they would be dead. If the other few million were not owned by people now, they simply wouldn't exist.

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Think about it, do you ride dogs and cats, would you like someone climbing on your back and commanding you to run. Don't get me wrong I'm sure they don't mind it and love the running and exercise, and I know there very different from us and much stronger, but iv had the same thoughts, and for people who say horses were made to be ridden are wrong.

I don't know what your friend is on, but horses are meant to be ridden, so... go have fun riding! I can't say what they enjoy about it, but some horses that are generally quite grumpy and rude can turn into pleasant friendly creatures when they're being ridden.

If a horse has its ears pricked and alert and it is moving at a nice forward tempo with little to no encouragement, I wouldn't hesitate to say that it enjoys whatever task it is completing. Maybe certain horses don't like being ridden, but I have ridden horses that are unmistakably happy to go for a ride.

I can't say what they enjoy about it, but some horses that are generally quite grumpy and rude can turn into pleasant friendly creatures when they're being ridden. If a horse has its ears pricked and alert and it is moving at a nice forward tempo with little to no encouragement, I wouldn't hesitate to say that it enjoys whatever task it is completing.

Maybe certain horses don't like being ridden, but I have ridden horses that are unmistakably happy to go for a ride. Toucan't pick up the things about a horse's personality like a true equestrian can.

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Toucan't pick up the things about a horse's personality like a true equestrian can. *sarcasm* She also accepts English riding and performs well because I let her do her own thing and leave her alone. Now, on the flip side, Western Pleasure is a non-existent debate with her, she will only do it when she gosh dang feels like it, and she dares you to tell her otherwise.

Much the same as dogs have (sheepdog puppies will attempt to strong eye chickens long before they are ever taught what to do). When my hunter has a day when she doesn't feel like jumping, she'll let you know and make it hard work for you.

But when you're getting her ready for hunting she begins to fidget more than time goes on because she knows what's coming, when you're hacking to the meet she starts pulling because she's eager to get there, and then when we set off her ears are forward, she's taking a bit of a hold, there's a pep in her stride. If she didn't want to hunt, she'd dig her feet in and say no, because she's the kind of mare to let you know if she doesn't like something.

Her daughter absolutely loves to jump as well, I can take her round a course of show jumps on a very light contact without worrying about her slamming the breaks on or running out. Mum's hunter loves to hack out, hunt and do fun rides, but the second you get in the school, she looses her energy and looks fed up.

I recently had to sell my Dutch Warm blood be If a horse doesn't want to do something, they'll certainly let you know. When my hunter has a day when she doesn't feel like jumping, she'll let you know and make it hard work for you.

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But when you're getting her ready for hunting she begins to fidget more than time goes on because she knows what's coming, when you're hacking to the meet she starts pulling because she's eager to get there, and then when we set off her ears are forward, she's taking a bit of a hold, there's a pep in her stride. If she didn't want to hunt, she'd dig her feet in and say no, because she's the kind of mare to let you know if she doesn't like something.

Her daughter absolutely loves to jump as well, I can take her round a course of show jumps on a very light contact without worrying about her slamming the breaks on or running out. Mum's hunter loves to hack out, hunt and do fun rides, but the second you get in the school, she looses her energy and looks fed up.

I recently had to sell my Dutch Warm blood because I wasn't able to take her out showjumping very often, and I could only really hack and school on the flat at home. I could see she wasn't fully enjoying herself, so now she's gone to a wonderful home where she's going out often and jumping, and you can see a huge change in her, she looks so much happier.

A majority of horses love to be busy and doing things, if one of ours doesn't get ridden much for a while, I find they end up walking to me when I've got the head collar, they want to go out. I think a horse is happiest when he's doing a job which he enjoys and which keeps him busy, different horses have a job which they enjoy most, and I think it's our responsibility as an owner and friend to figure out what they want to do the most.

Maori I'm not sure if you've noticed, but horses are very big, strong animals, and they know they can do some serious damage to us. Some horses might enjoy work more than others, but if they really didn't want to be ridden, they simply wouldn't allow a rider to sit on them.

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In the wild, the spend all day moving with their herd, sometimes covering huge distances. The majority of horses at my yard (some of which are unbroken) have jumped the field fence in the past, for a variety of reasons.

Horses have a lot of natural energy, and they'd go crazy if they were unable to release it because they're in a restricted area such as a stable or a field. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but horses are very big, strong animals, and they know they can do some serious damage to us.

Some horses might enjoy work more than others, but if they really didn't want to be ridden, they simply wouldn't allow a rider to sit on them. In the wild, the spend all day moving with their herd, sometimes covering huge distances.

The majority of horses at my yard (some of which are unbroken) have jumped the field fence in the past, for a variety of reasons. Horses have a lot of natural energy, and they'd go crazy if they were unable to release it because they're in a restricted area such as a stable or a field.

PolesCutting The poles video just amazes me, because it is so intricate for a horse to do by itself. Also, my Quarter Horse literally grabs the saddle blanket off the rack and drops it at my feet.

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Or would it be enough to do groundwork, play with him, groom him, pet and love on him, stay outside and spend time with him and walk him around? I know they need to be kept in shape and kept busy, hence all the groundwork and playing, and at the moment I am able to spend every weekend with him, and as soon as I move (in about 2 months) I'll be able to spend every day with him.

I've had horses in the past (a real buddy sour gelding that I stopped riding after I got threw off when I was little, then a BLM mustang, and then a green broke oh mare) and now I have a new gelding (my only horse right now), he is 6 years and when I brought him home 3 weeks ago, the first two times I rode him, even though I was super nervous, he did great! Just like he did when I tried him out at his previous owners, but now, he refuses to move when I'm on him, I'll kick and kick, and he just stands there, and today he threw my dad off when he tried to get him to do what he wanted, so, I've been stressing out over this all day trying to figure why he could be acting this way and what to do about it (I think he might actually be missing his horse companions) anyways, I've been thinking and thinking and I realized I don't really like riding.

No reason why you could not, just as long as he is getting exercise, even from just running around the pasture, but you are already aware of that. I've kept many a horse and donkeys and ponies that I never rode, they just need room to run and play when the urge hits them, and hoof care more often, sounds like your horse is barn sour, had a few like that, they prefer company to leave the barn with and refuse to go on their own, I'm sure another horse could get him going.

It's about the horse settling in (it often takes about 2 to 3 weeks) and adapting to his new surroundings. It's normal for a horse of this age to be constantly testing his handlers.

I'm sure that if you could ask the horses, most would prefer that we just left them totally alone and let them do their own thing out in the pasture all day. Horses don't need to be ridden to have a full and happy life.

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It's about the horse settling in (it often takes about 2 to 3 weeks) and adapting to his new surroundings. It's normal for a horse of this age to be constantly testing his handlers.

I'm sure that if you could ask the horses, most would prefer that we just left them totally alone and let them do their own thing out in the pasture all day. Quoted for truth. Because the OP is a weak and timid rider, I highly recommend getting lessons from a professional.

And investing in a horse that is MUCH older than six, who has extensive training (one that is bombproof). But, if you're unconfident enough not to be able to ride him, you're rapidly going to lose control of him on the ground also.

You won't have these idyllic days spent grooming him or just walking him down a dirt road. You'll not be able to catch him, when you do he'll be pushy, perhaps nipping, not moving out of your space, pulling to graze instead of walking beside you, just being ill-mannered overall.

An ill-mannered horse that does not respect your and your space can easily be dangerous. A half ton horse that is your alpha shoves into you, you're going to get knocked down.

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You need to be able to experience that, and your current horse may not be the first place to start. Buy a retired horse in their late teens or early 20s, one who has been around the block and is a confirmed beta animal.

An older mare or gelding who would be happy to just hang out for ten or fifteen more years and turn hay into manure for you, and AHS already paid their dues. But, minis are still horses and the OP will still need to have the confidence to manage them.

An ill-mannered mini may not be able to do the physical damage a large horse can, but it's still not going to be a pleasant companion if it's the boss of the human. Written by Katherine Blockader There's no doubt about the mystique of horses.

They seem to capture our imagination and are a symbol of strength and freedom. There are a lot of traditions and lore around horses, and some information we hold onto may no longer be true.

A horse may have qualities that make them more suitable for a certain sport but that doesn't mean it likes it more. You both like a warm bed, the same kinds of food (to an extent), humans and dogs can survive by hunting, and both humans and dogs live in 'packs'.

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Horses are prey that hunters might like to eat, but they are herbivores and their social structure is quite different from dogs (and humans). Although many people believe their horses are companion animals, they are not the same as dogs.

Horses quickly sense which riders are clear communicators and make their cues irresistible. But they don't carry on a conversation the way you sometimes see in the movies, with the constant stream of screams, squeals, and nickers.

But it is really a complex structure of different materials including keratin, blood-rich tissue, and bone. Wonderful riders make riding look easy.

Watch racers or dressage riders and it seems the horse is going through the patterns on its own accord. It may look like sitting but riders use their legs, arms, weight, hands, balance, and brains to ride.

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