Horse Body Language

A horses body language

You must learn to speak to your horse using both your voice and your body language; your horse will find it much easier to learn as he is able to understand this language. If you show any fear, the horse will pick this up, even if you are not trying to show the fear. If you exude confidence, the horse also will pick this up and will feel confident in your training. You should be firm at your approach and be consistent on the techniques you use. It is also important that you talk to our horse as it becomes the foundation of the bond you have, which is a crucial part of horse training.

Learn your Horse's Body Language

Horses talk with us using all parts of their body which includes both their front side and back side. So beware, both ends can cause us untold bodily harm if we don't focus on what our horse says to us

Examples: Ears pinned back flat something is wrong. It’s likely that your equine is either furious or frightened and ready to kick or bolt.
Ears to the side or resting one hind leg, or both. Horse is relaxed.
Ears back (not pinned) is listening behind them deciding what to do, check it out or bolt.
Head held high and ears perked forward, centering it's attention on something it is seeing, smelling or hearing in the distance.
Ears to the side, horse is relaxed.
Tail swishing rapidly means their irritated. Take caution.
If your horse paws with his front legs, that can be boredom or anxious.

So watch your horse's front side and rear meticulously. Caution is most beneficial. Once you know your equine really well, you will know what it's body language is saying. So remind your horse that you'll require it's full attention, particularly if you are out riding and it's ears suddenly whip forward.

Horse training tips

Do not ever force your horse to continue the training if they really don't want to do it. This could slow the horse training down. This is where listening and communicating become very important in horse training. Only ever go as fast as the horse wants to learn because that way he learns at a comfortable level. It is crucial that you and your horse have fun when training. So keep your communication channels open with your horse and all will be well.

Optimal Horse Training Conditions

Taking the time to boost the physical condition of your horse is of course very important in training. You must not put your horse under any stress when you are training it - as no-one ever learns under stressful, the same goes for your horse. If your horse is totally unwilling to follow your commands, then stop and try the training the following day. Sometimes it might just not feel like having you train it and the only way to show you his unwillingness is for him to totally misbehave.

The best time to start your horse training is when your horse is happy and you are calm. This is the perfect environment to start your horse's training session. It's best to watch the horse continuously to see how he reacts to the things you are trying to teach him - from this you will know how to push him further in his training.

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