Category: Behavior

Do you know your horse’s calming signals and stress signs?

Calming signals and language signs horses

Being able to see what state of mind the horse is in during training is an essential and actually very basic skill. A skill that’s not reserved for horse whisperers or famous horsemen. It can be learned, just like everything else to do with… Continue Reading “Do you know your horse’s calming signals and stress signs?”

Respecting Your Friend

Respect in horsemanship

In the last few days I noticed that Weto was a bit absent minded. Usually he is very focused, and when he is not, that always tells me that something is slightly off. Now when I say Weto seems absent minded, then other people… Continue Reading “Respecting Your Friend”

Thoughts about Respect and Horse Training

There is a lot of talk about RESPECT in the horse world. Mainly, that the horse needs to respect the human. For many, respect is the magic ingredient that makes everything else possible. If you have the horse’s respect, then communication and training comes… Continue Reading “Thoughts about Respect and Horse Training”

Do Horses Have a Sense of Humour?

  When I cleaned one of the paddocks yesterday, my horse stood some 20 meters behind me and snoozed. Suddenly, something poked my right shoulder. I turned to the right and didn’t see anything. I looked to the left, and there stood Nazir. Not only… Continue Reading “Do Horses Have a Sense of Humour?”

Horses and Human Language

Picture this: A person whose language you don’t speak (let’s call him ‘A’) takes you by the hand and leads you into a shop. There he stops you, says something to you (which you don’t understand). You begin to notice that you’ve walked into… Continue Reading “Horses and Human Language”

The Magical Quick-Fix for Every Problematic Horse Behaviour!

Silly headline, I know. But sometimes it seems to me that this is exactly what many horse owners are looking for. This one magical advise, a horsemanship trick that works for every problem. I’m afraid the exact opposite is the case. Educating a horse, or… Continue Reading “The Magical Quick-Fix for Every Problematic Horse Behaviour!”

Horse Personality: What Does Your Horse Like?

Horses have quite unique characters. Just like us, they have likes and dislikes, their routines, quirks and eccentricities. It is part of forming a relationship with your horse that you get to know these character traits. Probably the easiest place to start is finding out… Continue Reading “Horse Personality: What Does Your Horse Like?”

Suddenly, the Horse Said “Yes”

Last two days, something remarkable has happened with Nazir: he suddenly said “yes”. Let me explain… When I got Nazir, he wasn’t really motivated to do anything except eating. Didn’t like lunging, groundwork, riding. Mostly, it was really hard to motivate him to do anything… Continue Reading “Suddenly, the Horse Said “Yes””

Herd Dynamics, Hierarchy and Behavior

Originally posted on Considering The Horse.:
Our friends at The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue in East Texas recently took these photos. The horse on the right has never had an opportunity to interact with other horses. This series of photos show the gelding’s first…

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