K is for Keen Consciousness

K is for Keen Consciousness.

Kicks and nudges may be virtually imperceptible to a horse, who may react dramatically to a tiny gnat on his flank the next moment.

No kidding!

Ever seen a horse totally ignore the gentle squeeze, the spur bump, and even the whip tap? Then have you noticed, as the very same animal leaps sideways, swishing his tail furiously, as a fly lands on his rump?


That’s keen consciousness in action.

The Mane Point is participating again in the April A to Z blogging challenge, posting daily with alphabetical entries.

For this year's A-Z event, a month of posts will offer Turfy’s A-Z Rules of Horsemanship, with all due apologies to the original Murphy of Murphy’s Law,  which basically said, "If anything can go wrong, it probably will."

Horse lovers may have heard some of these uncannily true, yet often ironic, statements in various forms in the past. Or not.

Swishing Horseflies
by AlmoGaver 
Turfy’s A-Z Rules of Horsemanship
Adapted from public domain clipart

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  1. This is so true! Love it!! :)

  2. I've also seen horses respond much better to lighter aids from the rider than to strong ones.

    Kudos on your blog.

  3. I love horses, they're such amazing animals, kooky perhaps, but amazing. :)



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