As humans we use a verbal language and often we place so much emphasis on this that we are no longer used to reading visual clues. This is compounded by the fact that much of our communication is done at a distance – by email, text and telephone – and so we are less familiar with reading the facial expressions and body language of others.
Horses, however, largely rely on visual clues in their communication. It is therefore well worth taking the time to observe and become more ‘fluent’ in this language. They use various different body parts and facial features in their communication but if we start by looking at the body as a whole, you can quickly get a basic sense of the horse’s overall mood.
If he is alert his head will be up and his neck muscles tense, his tail raised, with his eyes and ears focused in one particular direction. His nostrils will flare as he sniffs intently, and possibly snorts.
In contrast, a relaxed horse will have his head and tail lowered allowing his back to round and stretch. His eyes will be soft and possibly half-closed. His nostrils and lips will be relaxed and often the bottom lip droops slightly. He might also rest one hind foot and then the other.
In the next post, I’ll look in more detail at specific parts of the body.
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If you would like to know more about Equine Body Language, or about care for your horse in general, I have created a series of videos which are available through my website: www.equenergy.com or by following this link: If Horses Could Talk video series
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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