24. READING HORSES QUICK TIPS
Ok here's some quick ones!
~MOUTH OPEN LOOKS LIKE YAWNING: = ASKING FOR SOMETHING, ie food, to stop doing what you are doing etc.
~BLUE RINGS AROUND EYE: = HAPPY RELAXED HORSE.
~STAMPING FRONT HOOF AT YOU: = ASKING FOR SOMETHING.
~NODDING HEAD UP & DOWN AT YOU: = HORSE BECKONING TO COME TO IT.
~ BLACK OR DARK EYES: = HORSE ANGRY, NERVOUS, UPSET, FRUSTRATED, FEARFUL, NOT GOOD.
If you build a respectful and trusting kind relationship with a horse where you welcome them communicating nicely with you, you will see your horse communicate more and more.
It's not uncommon for our relationship based horses to turn their head and lick your boot or leg while being ridden or turn their head round for a big cuddle, sneak closer to you while being groomed fro a hug etc.
Dis-allowing horses to express themselves and communicate with you means they will be forced to play up and throw a wobbly rather than simply asking nicely for something.
A great way to get your horse communicating with you is to ask questions then encourage and wait for a response.
Horses often misbehave simply because they have no 'voice'. If you encourage your horse to ask for things nicely they will be so much more relaxed and happy ;)