Be Kind to Them
Emma’s father, Justin, is an avid equestrian. He loves horses and even has a website to teach newcomers about how to train and raise horses. He advises that people imagine switching places with the horse and imagine how they would want to be treated. His goal is to form a trusting relationship with the horse, not one born out of fear like in the past. Today, equestrians universally agree that it is better to gentle a horse than to break it.
Choosing the Right Horse
Most equestrians might scoff at the idea of letting a toddler handle a mustang, but Justin was sure that Emma would be able to handle Cinnamon. He was concerned because of the willfulness of mustangs, but they are also his favorite breed of horse and the kind that he wanted his daughter to learn on. He knew that he would have to take extra precautions to protect her from any potential dangers.