Your horse can’t communicate verbally, but you can use equine body language, just like your horse does with you.
Use it as a gauge for how your horse is feeling by observing the way it stands and focusing on its most expressive body parts.
Every animal signals subordination or submissiveness using body language instinctively understood by their own species.
Horses give subtle signals when they are willing to submit to a dominant leader.
You should really try to learn this equine body language as quickly as possible to ensure your horses training goes well.
Once you learn to read your horses body language, you can use it to your advantage.
Use it in your training to make things easier for the two of you, and to help ease your communication.
You’ll make difficult horse training tasks easier for yourself and training sessions more productive.
Horses ears serve as a radar for horse owners and let you know how your horse is feeling.
When you’ve been around horses for a while you’ll start to look there first to get a feel for what your horse is thinking or feeling, and what you need to be ready for.
The equine body language signs to look out for :
|Mood||Expression / Signals|
|Agitated or Anxious||
Table HC.1. Equine Body Language Signals
Don’t forget your voice? – Essential in Horse Training.
As well as using your horse’s ears as guides to their mood you can also influence your horse’s reaction and response times by using your voice.
- Your horse can hear up to two miles away and its ears will be processing massive amounts of input at all times unless you use your voice to focus their attention.
- Learn to manipulate your voice at different times so your horse knows what is happening at that moment.
If you’re doing something important and you need their full attention lower your voice a little, speak a little louder or sound a little more authoritative.
All animals (including people) respond to this. You’ll be surprised how quickly your horse will learn which tone of voice means work and which means food.