Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Horse's Body Language

Horses barely show their emotions, they are very subtle creatures and can easily get scared. That is why we should study to familiarize and express in their language. Have you observed the rotation of their ears, the actions of their hips and the looks on their face? These things are the method a horse converses with other horses and us.

In order to comprehend their semantics first we must recognize what our own body language translates to horses. Swaying arms everywhere in an eager attempt to attach the bridle on is certainly to produce some fear to the horse. Sprinting to them in grassland instead of slowly walking to them serenely can give them the appearance of a surprise attack by a hunter. Running after it with horse treatment can give them an impression that you don’t care about them. Remember, no horse is scare proof so when you are near your horse, be sure your body language is relaxed and gentle. Staying calm is the first phase to get your horse to be relaxed.

Horses communicate with both halves of their body. So be careful when you’re on the horses back side as they can get defensive and can give you a kick.

Nearly all horse owners understand that when a horse has his/her ears rested flat back something is wrong. It maybe that he is sick and may require horse treatment or the horse could be scared or in most cases angry. This is a time to be careful and attentive to both ends of the horse’s body.

But sometimes this signal is not always serious. The horse could be paying attention to your instructions or there are sounds approaching from behind or the ears are just resting because he’s bored. As you know your horse in the long run you will learn the true difference.


If your horse has his ears forward it’s not really anything to worry about. Delighted horses usually have their ears forward but not always. As a horse leads his concentration to something, its ears typically follow. Also if the ears are sticking up it can be a sign of mischief. It would be a good time to remind your horse you are in control, if he loses concentration during your ride.

Generally, people handle grooming as a chore that needs to be completed and not anything else. In fact grooming your horse starts a bond with you and your horse. This is also true to horses from the wild as they would bond with other horses through.

If you groom a horse crudely or only do a quick combing and doesn’t do it with care the horse may assume that you are a harsh or rough person. You should spend a lot of time for cleaning and tending for the horse as it makes the horse relaxed and can benefit when giving horse treatment in the future and it creates a trusting bond that lasts a life time.

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