This is proof that horses absolutely recognize their owners.
There's no better greeting than when your horse is excited to see you at the barn. Pricked ears, a nicker, and even a whinny are wonderful and remind you that yes, your horse enjoys your company. But when this Friesian stallion, Apollo, spies his owner at the gate, he does a little bit more.
This Friesian can't contain himself as he leaps and gallops at his owner's arrival. He definitely has a fun show-off moment before returning to greet his owner. This is a cute but short video - if you have 15 seconds to spare, then be sure to watch it!
Does your horse recognize you when you show up at the barn? If not, don't worry - it can take years to build a strong relationship with your horse. The more often that you go to the barn and work with your horse, the faster he will recognize you and begin to associate you with positive things, such as praise and treats.
If you want to further develop your relationship with your horse, consider doing activities such as groundwork or massaging your horse. Groundwork can be a great way to establish respect between you and your horse, which is an essential element in any relationship. Take just 10 minutes a day to do some basic groundwork with your horse before you go for a ride.
There are plenty of other things you can do, too. Treat your horse to a nice currying. Take on new obstacles in riding, like giving agility a try, to teach your horse to trust you even in strange situations. Spend some time hand grazing your horse so that you can both relax and enjoy each other's company.
With time and patience, you can develop a great relationship with your horse and he'll come to look forward to your arrival, while even being a little showy in the process.
Does your horse get this excited when you come to the barn? Tell us in the comments below!
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