The ability to “read” a horse, to know their emotional state and adjust to it, is key for not just being an effective rider, but for truly connecting to a horse, to being in sync and in tune with them.
Great horsemen seem to know what a horse is going to do before he does it, they work in a flowing way, and can adjust to the horse’s changing states.
There are two keys to reading a horse. The first is knowing what to see – what certain expressions or body postures mean.
However, there is another factor that is even more important. Being present.
Present to see the small changes in your horse, but also present to how you feel – important clues to what the horse may be feeling.
In this video, we will be observing a horse named Raleigh, both in a relaxed state, as well as a state of apprehension, then curiosity.
Together, we will notice the small changes that happen in his posture and movements.
Click play below to watch!