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Horse Articles :: A Horse's Body Language
Horse's Body Language
As you may have figured out, horses do not seem to speak
our language. That is why we must learn to adapt and speak
theirs. Have you noticed the swivel of their ears, the movements
of their hips and the expressions on their face? These things
are the way horses communicate with each other and us.
In order to understand their language first we must understand
what our body language says to them. Waving arms around in
a desperate attempt to get the halter on is sure to cause
some alarm. Running towards them in a pasture instead of approaching
them calmly can give them the image of a surprise attack by
a predator. Remember, when it comes down to it, no horse is
bombproof so when you are around your horse make sure your
body language is slow and calm. Keeping yourself calm is the
first step to helping a horse remain calm.
Horses speak with both ends of their body - unlike us humans
who speak with only the top half. Not only are the back and
front the ends where the signals come from they are also the
ends where injuries to humans come from, so watch what they
are telling you.
Almost all horse people know that when a horse has his/her
ears laid flat back something is amiss. The horse could be
frightened or in most cases angry. This is a time to watch
both ends of the horse's body carefully.
Yet this gesture is not always dangerous. The horse could
either be listening to commands or noises coming from behind
or just be resting out of boredom. As you come to know your
horse you will begin to learn the true difference.
Not really anything to worry about right? Happy horses have
their ears forward - sometimes but not always. As a horse
directs his or her attention to something its ears usually
follow. Also ears sticking up high can be signs of mischief
or the horse being very alert. Good time to remind your horse
you are in charge if his/her attention span flies around during
Most people approach grooming as something that just needs
to be done and nothing else. In truth grooming your horse
establishes a bond with you and that horse just as a horse
would bond with other horses through grooming in the wild.
If you treat a horse roughly or only do a quick once over
with the brush the horse can only assume you are a rough or
harsh handler. Whereas if you spend a lot of time grooming
and caring for the horse you create a trusting bond with it.
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