Horsemanship Tip #18 – Communication


Communication consists of body language, energy interaction, inter-species communication and probably much more that we don’t know about.

Learning to listen to our horses is the first part of learning to communicate with them. Learning to respond and to request comes second. After studying horses’ body language, behavior, interaction and herd hierarchy, we can now speak with them through our own body language, gestures and even through our intentions. Anyone can learn this language but fluency requires patience, practice and time spent observing the native speakers.

Remember, in any language, only 7 percent is verbal. Eye contact makes up 13 percent of a language while about 80 percent comes from non-verbal cues, including facial expressions, gestures, posture, physical proximity, and physical contact. So be aware of what you project to your horse.

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