30Talk to him. Horses respond positively to
both touch and sound—never
underestimate the power of a
31Make him a fancy name plate to go on his stall or
halter. Although your horse can’t
read, it’s one more way to show
everyone he’s loved.
32 Liniment his legs and give him a good rubdown,
feeling for any lumps, bumps or
33 If allowed, give your horse an extra flake of hay
while you’re at the barn. Listen
to him munching and sighing in
34 Let your horse have a nice gallop outside if he’s
feeling good. Work shouldn’t
always feel like work.
35 Use your nails to scratch the base of his mane and
top of his tail, where he can’t
36 Turn him out (especially right after that scrubby
bath!) and let him roll in the
muddiest puddle he can find. You
know you’re the only one who
wants him to stay clean, right?
37 Book a riding clinic to help you improve your
technique for more pleasant and
38 Schedule some time with a saddle fitter to be sure
your tack is as comfy for him as it
39 After a hard workout, incorporate aromatherapy
into his bath. Try one of the feel-good herbal or botanical-infused
shampoos or rinses specifically
made for horses.
40 Tell him how very much you love him. HI
SARAH E. COLEMAN is a freelance
writer based in Kentucky. She has a
penchant for chestnut OT TBs, and
competes in the hunters.
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