Evaluating Horses for Better Matchmaking
Once a horse is medically cleared for evaluation, an accurate assessment of his temperament can ensure a better adopter match.
This equine center developed an effective assessment plan to help keep both horse and rider safe.
Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center
Since most of Harmony’s adopters are interested in riding their horses, the center developed a process to assess whether or not a horse will tolerate being ridden.
Now You Try It
Harmony recommends keeping these things in mind as you plan your evaluation:
- Make sure all evaluators are using the same techniques and everyone is recording and sharing information so you can track the horse’s progress over time.
- For the safety of the evaluator and the horse during the assessment, go slowly and assume that a horse knows nothing about being ridden.
- If you don’t have a trainer on staff, consider hiring a local trainer or ask one to donate his or her services in order to get an accurate assessment of a horse’s temperament.
Every program is different so use the suggestions that work for you.
To learn more about Harmony’s program, read 4 Tips for Equine Matchmaking and watch the recorded webinar, Horse Matchmaking 101: Evaluation & Training.
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