Sensitive Horse Body Parts

The first on my list of most sensitive parts on a horse would be the head/face. A lot of horses I know don't liked to be touched at all in the face while others seem to love it. Horses' heads can be very sensitive and horses do not usually like to be touched on the face (unless they have a favorite spot they liked to be rubbed). When a horse refuses for their head/face to be touched, it's best to force it. Keep trying to touch their face until they learn that when they let their head be touched, they take the pressure off. It's important that you are allowed to touch any part of them without them feeling discomfort or anger. Of course you have to be careful what you do if it's on a sore part, be alert on the horse's behavior and you can tell what bothers him if he flinches, jumps, ect.

The ears are also sensitive and when putting on a halter or bridle, be careful not to shove them around. Each horse can be different: one part may be much more sensitive on one horse while the other one may love to be rubbed there. Same with a horses' ears, but since you're in charge you must be allowed to touch their ears (if there is any injury, the horse will trust you and know that you are helping, not trying to hurt, them). Also when taking or putting on a halter, you have to be careful of the eyes.

Same kind of thing with the mouth, lips, teeth/gum and tongue. Their tongue is very soft but we put a cold hard bit in their almost every time we ride them. But bits are not made to hurt them (although some bits could) and if we know how to ride well, we won't be hurting them.     

The Fetlock (lower part of the legs) are sensitive because they have very little muscle tissue. They also have a thin layer of skin covering the bone. Sometimes the fetlock is wrapped when the horse is riding in a trailer. The fetlock suffers the most injury when the horse is in some kind of violent position. The weight of the entire horse is focused on one leg when a horse is going a particular gait.

The withers can become sore easily when the horse has an ill-fitted saddle. The flank is very sensitive on most horses and when touched some horses will tighten up and might kick when their feet are been checked. But horses are trained to be touched on any part of their body if it's sore/injured, or fine.

Without A Horse

I am sorry that I haven't been able to write a actual blog post about horses lately. I haven't been around horses either because Raleigh (the horse I used to take care of) has been sold. I have been also busy with other things and haven't looked for another horse to take the place of Raleigh.

My House

This is my house and I thought it would be cool if I drew it. I also drew our family van and car in it as well. I left the hills in the background out though.

A Cowboy's Sunset

I sometimes do art for people at my church, last week a little boy named Caleb asked me to draw him a cowboy on horseback. So instead I drew two cowboys on horseback! 


This picture is done with water color pencils but I haven't yet painted water on it.


And this is with the water paint:

Music Night

This picture I drew of a family of friends when they came over for thanksgiving. They played music for us one night and when they went home I wanted to draw a picture of them playing. (Left to right) Josiah, Risa and Brianna.