My SECRET to understanding what your horse is saying...
When a horse feels good about something they will show this in their bodies. Often, when we are busy focusing on a task or specific outcome when we’re with our horses, we don’t take the time to pause and try and read how our horses are feeling about what they’re doing.
When I began slowing things down and taking the time to interpret my horse's body language in our sessions, I am able to respond to them in a way that creates harmony and desire between us.
I would love for you to take a journey with me to study three horses below and their body language
Horses can be very subtle when they are telling us how they feel or they can be very obvious. We need to read and respond to the subtle feedback they are giving us so that our horse doesn’t need to get loud & reactive with us.
So, next time you are with your horse I invite you to create some moments where you stop and try and read your horse's body language. Remember, this can be looking at their body, but also getting a feel for how they’re feeling. You can ask yourself:
- Question 1: How are they feeling with what I am doing?
- Question 2: Are they braced against me / bent away from me or are they curved towards me?
- Question 3: Are their movements light and free or stiff and inflexible?
Now it’s your turn to take the above 3 questions to your horse. Give this a go and then come back to this page and let me know how you went!
It is easy to do this and it will create many moments where you get to stop and pause and look at your horse. Even this simple slowing down will make a big difference to your horse. Let me know what happens!