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If your horse could speak, what would they say?

Do you think there is anything that your horse finds annoying or irritating?

In last week’s video, we talked about listening to your horse, noticing small changes in behavior and subtle signs that give clues to what they may be feeling.

Now we are focusing specifically on how your horse feels around you… This may be your own horse or a lesson horse. How do they respond to you, what might they ask you to change, if they could… or are they already asking?

I will share one habit I had to change when I realized how annoying this was to my horses!

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  1. Very interesting video! I learned to take a relaxing breath and have found my horses relax with me! I’m enjoying your thoughts and training style very much. Keep up the good work!

  2. What my horse might find annoying. If I talk too much. Like he knows what I’m saying. LOL. I think I’m not paying atttention to what I’m doing. Talking means I’m up in my head not focused on my and his body language and communication. So I think “talking too much”.

  3. I know that rushing annoys Wildfire too.
    I also know she gets jealous of time I spend with other horses- such as horses that I’m getting ready for a lesson, or time I spend on my husband’s horse grooming or doing wound care when needed (yes, Chabo needs to be bubble wrapped!). There are days that she is up in the yard while I am working with other horses and I look over to see Fire on the tractor tire turning in a circle while she’s watching me to see if I’m paying attention as if to say, “Mom…look at me, Mom!” I try to make sure in these cases that I spend my last bit of time with her and let her do some of her tricks for me which she loves to do to earn treats.

    1. My horse Houston is very annoyed when I feed treats to Dallas. I always bring plenty of treats and make sure they both get a fair share. But I always make sure to save the last one for Houston so he won’t chase Dallas away! Also I think both of them would like me to be more clear about what I am asking them to do. So slowing down and asking for small simple steps would make them both happy.

  4. I have a grade pony mare that came from a rough start. She was abused and neglected pretty much the worse of the worse. I’ve always been, I don’t remember their past, their present and future are dependent on becoming better so they have a future. As such, I may feel sorry, but I don’t act sorry and correct, forget and forgive the all the same regardless of where they came from … Pony Princess (formally, Lizzie borden ) had been through alot of hands and none were able to make training stick. Much the same, I could get behavior but could not get beyond her fear… Her fear was impacting farrier and vet procedures. Both would have me sedate the pony beforehand because I was willing to do the hard thing… But it wasn’t the right thing… I’ve since slowed down, and started to administer wormier, meds and training without any restraint. Just standing at her side and giving a minute for things to settle. Then, without lead or restraint putting my hands on her face until I got a lick and chomp. Adding the wormier cartridge around her face or pinching the neck to simulate injection until I got a lick and chomp. Then as quick as possible but not starting anything I’d administer as a matter of fact and reward again with my hands on her face without restraint until I got a lick and chomp. Its not any faster then man handling… but I’m getting less Mare and more Pony ears and that a start for now

  5. Most definitely!! I am in a hurry most of the time and have to just stop and relax myself for a moment to get a better reaction from my horses. The best part about doing this is they love to follow me around when I don’t approach them so quick. i don’t sneak around just calm down.

    Thank so much for all the wonderful info.

    Tina

  6. PG really dislikes when I run out of banana pieces. She also finds it annoying when I start to use a little knobby hand glove to spread out the hairs on her coat after washing off her saddle mark when we’re done riding. After we discuss it, she’s fine, but wants me to wait until she gives me persmission.

  7. What annoys my horses is when I do not release quick enough when they give the desired reaction. It is something I constantly work on. It has to be split second and to be able to do that you have to be totally in the moment. Not easy.

    1. June, don’t be too hard on yourself! This is something that will improve as you observe every try from your horse!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  8. Thank you ever so much again! I really appreciate all of your informational videos
    Very meaningful, and when I try and practice everything my horse relaxes.. it’s been a wonderful revelation.

  9. Hyway doesn’t like it when I fling the halter strap over his neck. It’s such a habit, it’s hard to change, but I try to remember when I go get him.

    1. Dorothy, I’d love to hear how anything changes when you make a change in your habit!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  10. I’m sure I’m guilty of rushing way too often myself. Especially if I’m meeting a friend to ride I tend to hurry thru grooming and get on without consideration of my horse’s mood or willingness. He shows annoyance sometimes by turning as if to nip or pinning his ears. I will take it slower as suggested and watch for changes in his demeanor. Thanks Callie for this reminder that working together as a team is not just about my timing and agenda!

  11. Rushing around probably annoys mine too. And definitely the occasional kisses I force her to take on her nose as she stands patiently giving me the horse equivalent of rolled eyes. But that’s probably not going to stop anytime soon- I don’t kiss her face much, but sometimes she is just so pretty, I can’t resist! 😛

  12. For me I think it also rushing trying to get my horse ready for riding. I do know if I march out into the pasture to get my boy he will sometimes run the other way or run around me. It’s when I stop and take a deep breath that he then comes to me and allows me to put his halter on.

  13. In someone else’s vlog I noticed a horse making an obviously annoyed face when the owner addressed her in this high pitched voice as we do when we talk to babies. I realised that it’s not just me who gets annoyed by this kind of voice and ever since then I make sure to keep my voice low when I am around my horses 🙂

  14. This is such an enlightening video! I have hardly ever thought about annoyances from the horse’s perspective! I ride a school horse who’s an Arabian mare (need I say more?) and is suffering from a bit of PTSD due to her environment with a previous owner. Needless to say, we have issues — spooking, not paying attention, “testing me” for how much she can get away with bad behavior, etc. I have always been thinking about how and why she is so annoying. Your video has opened a whole new line of thinking for me! Thank you so much!

  15. I think what is the most annoying to my horse is my inconsistency. First with my mood. One day i am calm and relax the next i may be snappy because something is not going as i would like. Second with my body language while working on the ground or while riding. I noticed that if i try too hard mastering my position or trying an exercise with my horse or if I rush, i get tense and my horse gets tense and we both get frustrated.
    So i am very appreciative of your free videos which are teaching me to be and stay calm, to go slow, and to not forget to breath (and i forgot the 4th point ! Lol)

    1. This is a fantastic observation on your part Isabelle! Being regulated and consistent – it is actually probably very similar to parenting children I would imagine!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  16. I love your suggestions about slowing down and being more mindful of your horse. I’m a student of positive reinforcement training and I’m learning some new techniques that take this even further. The “start button” is a physical signal from the horse that he is ready for the task. With time and training we can develop these “buttons” for almost any behavior, most specifically, ones they may not enjoy or are painful (like shots or wound care). It’s a fascinating area of study and I find that the more I involve my horses the better they get in all of our interactions. “Did you like that collected trot? What about THIS one?” They give more than what you ask, and they allow procedures other horses would resist because they can start, and stop, if it gets too intense. Think of the dentist office, and if you could not get the drilling to stop when it hurts too much. That’s what happens with animals when we do husbandry and other irritating or painful things.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and tips. I enjoy every one!

  17. Yes, I think rushing is something I can definitely work on. I try to take my time and not march right up to Captain to put his halter on. By being softer, quieter and less direct, he is much willing to leave the herd. When my mind is everyplace else but on him, he gets a bit “checked out”.

  18. Spot on! I think it shows respect for the magnificent animals that allow and embrace us to share their strength and character. Just 10 seconds of recognition to show our gratitude. Slow is fast,

  19. Yea, communicating is a mind thing, not yours, it’s theirs. If they have become, a product, or a tool, you left their spirit out of the relationship, yea, the relationship. Try that with your woman, or your man. Horses aim to please those who ‘Talk” with them. Giddy up Horsey!!!

  20. Lately I have been trying to be extra “soft” and quiet around our horses. I’m trying to move slower with everything I do when I interact with them. Brushing, tacking, bathing, leading, asking them to move, etc. Everything is slower and quieter. As a result the horses are responding more readily and with more confidence, knowing that I’m not going to rudely and hastily push them around because I’m in a hurry. Also the radio in the barn has been turned way down, not blaring loud music. In fact when I’m there alone the radio is off, and all we hear is the ambient noises and the humming of the fans. The change has been truly amazing. Horses are way smarter than I am, so I’m just trying to learn from them every day.

    1. Gary, I think the answer is somewhere in the middle – I think be too soft and dancing around them without having any effect or presence can also be detrimental to the relationship before horse and owner.

      I do agree that turning off the distractions and focusing on being in the moment is great!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  21. I tend to confuse my sweet horses with inconsistent behavior and aids. I do a pretty good job of being soft during grooming and tacking, but I also have to be mindful of my trainer’s time – which makes me rush sometimes. I’m sure that’s annoying as well. Sheesh. If only we had all day. I know breathing and relaxed movements help!

  22. I noticed that I can not rush our greeting with my agenda. I have to spend a little time hand grazing and brushing for about 20 min. Then we both are ready to listen to each other and start toward the barn 🙂

  23. I started feeding my gelding lunch during the winter weather to keep weight on him. To shorten the non riding time I spend at the barn, I have started cleaning his feet and grooming while he is eating rather than in the tacking area. Several times in the last week, he has lifted his right hind leg as if to cow kick at me. It has been very tentative but he is definitely giving me a warning. This is the first time I have seen any aggressive movement in the 2 1/2 years I have had him. He loves being groomed but is not a fan of his feet at any time and especially during lunch.

  24. My horses are annoyed by my rushing and my scheduled agenda. After viewing information posted by you recently, in reference to liberty training, I really started paying attention to subtleties of the horses. Recently I have taken time to hand graze and extra grooming time into the schedule and it has made a difference. I also learned shorter training segments and more frequent works better with my sensitive mare Grace. She is very attentive, a quick learner, but seems to get frustrated and bored with repetition and not being challenged. I always have a plan, but now have learned that it is OK to deviate due to situations as weather, mood, and horse disposition on that day. Always look forward to your weekly blogs!

    1. Christa, you bring up a great point here that all horses are different and we should consider that when we are planning our time together 🙂

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  25. I don’t own a horse, but now I do notice the things you’ve touched on, especially the scratchy / loving part. Previously I would go straight up and start touching / patting / scratching etc and most times the horse would be ok, sometimes pulling away or shake their head or what not. Along with Callie I also watch a guy called Warwick Shiller? on youtube and he also touched on this. Now when I go for lessons or trail riding, I let the horse know I’m there and aware of him/her, say hello, you’re beautiful etc, but do not impose myself until the horse is ready for some loving. After the ride I repeat the same thing after the saddle is off etc. It’s made a big difference to how I interact with horses, and I am crazy, but not stupid, but the horses at the end of the ride, always give me the big sloppy, snotty wet nose rubbing that says to me “I enjoyed today fella, I hope I see you next week” – great video and thank you.

    1. Thank you for sharing Mal what made the difference with you and the horses you are riding!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  26. Thank you for this program. It’s been 35 years since I had the blessing of time with horses. Recently I volunteered to work at a local stable. To my surprise I found myself reacting to every movement that I might have once associated with a stressed horse. Your presentation has refreshed my memory and will be helpful tomorrow. A stressed horse is one thing; a horse becoming stressed because the handler is nervous is just unfair. Thanks again.

  27. Exactly ! If I slow down and be present the horses are much more inclined to be friendly and loving. On days I feel annoyed the horses stay away. Interestingly, I am aware of it, so I always try to show them I care.
    Thanks Callie.

  28. good question !!
    I use to speak to him, I simply love speaking to him, I relax myself, but probably not himself. and I love patting him, probably too much. it is a big effort not to make such lovely things to him, and I am trying my best to reduce my ” chats” and pads.
    keep you informed.
    Thks for suggesting this

    1. Barbara, he may like it a little better if you switched your pats to scratches – wild horses scratch each other as a form of social behavior!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  29. Oh my. I totally agree with this. Since I have more time to enjoy my horses and have slowed down they come to me so much more eagerly and have gentled so much more.

  30. My horse currently requires 30-minute icing of his leg after hand-walking. I have been applying the ice boot and then grooming him in great depth for the entire 30 minutes — it’s shedding season and I am super driven to get rid of that winter coat and bring out the shine of his summer coat – but I have noticed lately that he has been getting really annoyed with having to stand there and be groomed for that long and at that intensity. He is not normally a pawer, but yesterday he began pawing and even pinning his ears occasionally, which is also unlike him. I don’t want to turn grooming into a negative experience in his mind, so I am going to give him a break from the grooming and allow him to rest in his stall while wearing his ice boot.

    1. Julianne, is he not in work at the moment? It could be that he has some pent up energy that he is unable to let loose!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

    1. I just noticed your post and burst out laughing. I’m not blessed with a lovely sound when I sing either. Some folks got it….some don’t. I’m a “don’t.” But I find it relaxes me and if I’m relaxed I notice that I’m more focused on doing things slower and correctly. My poor horse puts up with my singing voice. I guess he figures it’s better than having to deal with me un-relaxed, lol

  31. I learn from every one of your videos but some I have to specifically apply to my situation which is that I only use a lesson horse – usually the same one but sometimes others. Several of the people I lesson with also do not own a horse but just love to ride and learn. I think “lesson” horses are very special.

    1. Kitty, good lesson horses are worth their weight in gold!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  32. I think that there is a nice link between your last two posts Callie. I think that many of us are guilty of rushing or at least being too goal-directed. When one is in this mode, chances are also pretty good that we are not listening to the horse. I find myself rushing too; maybe to be sure I’m ready for a lesson on time, or ready to ride with a friend. I don’t know whether this annoys my horse, but I have been realizing that when I rush, I miss an opportunity to connect and listen.

    1. Excellent point you brought up here Lynn – we are missing those opportunities and signs from the horse if we aren’t being present and taking the time to observe!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  33. Excellent video about a topic that I think should be mentioned more. The horse is part of the team so it’s important to understand how they’re feeling and what they do and do not like. This is definitely something I’d like to explore a bit more.

  34. Great video. I’ll best remember your tip with “Stop, Look, Listen”. I do notice a difference when I’m taking my time tacking up instead of rushing when I’m running late for a lesson or a hack. Thanks again for all your advice.

  35. Thank you Callie-I always enjoy watching your videos and learn some great tips! I’m wondering if it’s possible to annoy a horse by taking “too long” with tasks such as grooming and tacking up. I’ve only been leasing a horse for a month and we are still getting to know each other. I’m noticing that I seem to take more time than others in grooming and tacking up, then I spend actually riding lol. The horse, while I’m grooming and tacking, seems relaxed with a hind leg bent, eyes half closed, and leaning in to the side I’m grooming. Or perhaps he’s just utterly bored lol?

    1. Virginia, I wouldn’t think of this as him being bored it sounds like he is relaxing and enjoying the time you are spending grooming! I think especially since you are just getting to know each other that taking this time is so important!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  36. After a full day in the field with his four gelding buddies and then dinner, my 15 yo, 17 h OTTB’s head droops, and he falls asleep on the cross ties as I am grooming him. When I start in on a new place or use a different brush he startles awake. His head jerks up, and he looks back at me as though I have mortally offended him. Hating to interrupt his reverie, I experimented with ways to approach him. As he generally demands a light touch anyway, I tried letting him know my intent by hovering my hand over where I next planned to start grooming him before touching his skin with a brush. I have only tried it a few times, but, so far, it seemed to work.

    1. Excellent observations Caroline! Sounds like you really take your time to not let him feel rushed in any way.

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  37. My precious mare ( who went through a lot before I got her) loves to have her face stroked and loves kisses… when she wants them lol. If I try to do it when she doesn’t want it she turns her head away and let’s me know “Not right now” I totally respect that as it is her space and seriously I don’t always want to play kissy face either

  38. Hi Callie, funny you ask this question cause I have been noticing a change in behavior in my gelding these past few weeks and I asked myself “what are you doing Cathy that is bothering him”?
    There are a few things I think I am doing. My being in a hurry is annoying him. Right now we are paying pretty close attention to his feet (removed shoes in Nov. of last year, long toe low heels) so when I get there I check his feet. Well I have noticed I need to spend time saying hello first so I am not invading his area and rushing around. Also I have to wear boots on his front feet to protect from environment when I take him out. I would hurry in his stall get lead rope tie him and get boots on, I noticed swishing tail so again I said Cathy he doesn’t like this. So I slowed down again when I come to the barn. I say hello, notice how he looks and talk to him some, then get boots without tying him to rail and place boots on 🙂 yeah he stopped walking away from me. They have feelings too and yes you are so right on with your observations and I am so thankful to have joined this group!
    Thank you Callie

    1. Catherine, these are awesome observations – especially paying attention to his physical comfort with his feet 🙂

      Glad to have you here,

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  39. Great video. I believe mine is rushing and not being present while grooming.

    It has been a a very long and cold winter. I am working on slowing down with mare and focusing on her and not all about the riding.

    1. Rushing is a think an easier pattern to fall into when it is so cold – hopefully spring has arrived in your corner of the world!

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  40. I’m not one to usually rush around doing things around horses. I’m the opposite. I find the horses I visit are usually quite patient with me (not so people around me).

    I have learned, over years, though, to be more sensitive to the horse, things like something I might think is fun might not be so fun for the horse.

    I’m learning to notice things like when I reach out with my hand to a horse’s mane or face, and they turn their head away, that’s something for me to “listen to,” and it’s not a personal rejection. If I’m taking it as a personal rejection, I’m not listening to the horse. (That’s even harder for me with people).

    1. My mare turns her head away too when I approach or try to rub her face. What is she telling me? Is it a lack of respect? Yes, it does bother me.

      1. Peg, I wouldn’t think of this as a lack of respect at all. It could be something as simple as your horse doesn’t like her face touched…if you notice that this is problem and gets worse I would recommend looking into it further for any physical reasons and then from there consider building your relationship with her!

        – Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

        1. Sharon Wilsie in “Horse Speak” calls the cheek area a “Go Away Face Button”. By pointing at it with intent (reaching to pet) we are asking them to move away. The movement, though not what you wanted, is a sign of respect. I’ve been experimenting with how to approach a cuddle too without giving sending messages.

  41. What a great question to consider! Really enjoyed the video, and I will pay more attention to what I might be doing that irritates our horses. One of them doesn’t like me touching her face, and one of them would rather be scratched than petted, but other than that, I never really thought about that question. Thanks, Callie!! You always give me something to think about!!

  42. I have been exploring a similar thing lately, when I put a fly vale on a horse in the morning I would normally just put in on the horse, but now I stand with it and the horse will look away then he will practically put his head into it himself. Its like he wants to think about it for a second first. Another thing I have found if a horse doesn’t want me to walk on one side of him, I will take a step back for a few seconds then step around that side again they will let me be there. I guess we are the ones working to a time frame and the horses have all the time in the world.

    1. I love that Linda – we are the ones with the time frame! That is very cool that you are noticing these small signs from your horses!

      – Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  43. I’m very lucky in that I generally don’t have to rush with my horses. I’m self-employed and arrange my own schedule so my afternoons are dedicated to my horses. I’ve also known for a long long time that horses don’t like being rushed. I think what annoys one of my horses the most is that I have another horse. I bred her myself and she is incredibly jealous and particularly hates it if I do something with my other horse before I do something with her. She used to throw Rumpelstilzchen like tantrums when she was a youngster and I did stuff with her mother before I saw to her as well. Unfortunately this sometimes can’t be helped and she just has to get with it.

  44. When you think about the difference between our busy speedy days and our horses slower days -it’s easy to see how abrupt and hectic we appear to them
    I get “the look” from my gelding saying ‘whoa there cowgirl, take a breath, take a look around, be here’

  45. Always love your posts! I would say my horses are annoyed with me when I rush and have an agenda. I also noticed they like to be scratched instead of patting for praise. My mare Grace is an exceptional teacher with demonstrating her acceptance of attention, and letting me know nicely when she is not happy with what is gong on. I have learned so much from this mare. I have learned to slow down and understand her and her needs a little better.

  46. I love this video, Callie! Each horse has his/her own likes and dislikes, and for me, finding them is one of the greatest joys of being around horses. I often point out to my students that the horses are ALWAYS telling us their likes/dislikes, what signals make sense to them, etc–it’s just that we are not always listening or able to understand. I’ve been blessed to get to know a very wide range of horses over the past 27 years at a large lesson barn, and I’ve been lucky to be able to adopt a few horses on my own–my first two LOVED to work and loved to walk fast (as do I), and my current mare LOVES to be groomed and pretty much hates to work. 🙂 That’s ok, I knew that from the beginning. We try to do just enough work to try to keep her healthy and at a good weight; we do things that genearlly amuse her as much as possible, like silly tricks and games; and we enjoy long grooming sessions before and after. My one tip for approaching a horse in the field–I love to bird watch, and if I think the horses may be antsy when I hike all the way up to the back of the five-acre field, I simply bird-watch along the way. It’s slower and serendipitous but it works–and it’s fun. All in all probably takes five minutes longer than the most direct route.

  47. Well I definitely know when it’s treat time my horse doesn’t want me doing much else but feeding him carrots..lol. no petting hugging, touching his face etc…although in between he will let me pick his feet or clean a boo boo…that’s usually in between the carrots and cookies…He HATES chaos, rushing, and he knows I don’t like it either. I hate rushing. Sometimes he’ll turn and face the back wall. Like he’s hiding.

  48. Oh so true ! Hurrying = unhappy horse. Recently we have been working with a trainer to decrease anxiety in my Arab (results from move to new Province and Herd/Prairie living to small paddock/Coastal Forest environment. Each day grooming and hand grazing first. Then a last week, much to my surprise I was suddenly getting the EVIL FACE and nipping threats during grooming and saddling up. Thought he was grumpy at the time due to another day of “work” – not work just walk, trot for short time. Now I realise that it was directly linked to my attitude and rush. LOL !! Yesterday I just groomed and hand grazed and he was his usually very loving self…MEA CULPA…

  49. I keep my horse at home, work without other humans around and am not usually rushed. I think my mare would say my indecisiveness is annoying. She prefers me to be clear and consistent. But I find I am often second-guessing myself. If I start doing one thing with her and then change my mind or change my expectations that is annoying.

    I noticed when I took her to a vet recently that the handler there was not the most gentle with her, but he had a very low-key methodical and predictable way about him. My mare just loved him!

    I think my mare would tell me “Just do it!” So I will try to follow a plan and not always be second-guessing myself. This would make me a better rider, too!

    1. I think most horses prefer a clear and concise manner of communication, helps curve any miscommunication 🙂

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  50. What my horse finds annoying about me, is she would like to have me all to her self. One of my other horses thinks I walk to slow for her liking!! thank you for all your help.

  51. Thank you so much for your videos! I found this one of particular interest, since I do wonder often if I am annoying to my horse. I tend to be a chatterbox, and kinda thought sometimes he was thinking “Lord woman, can you shut up for one minute??” I am going to start experimenting a bit and see if there are any indications he has a preference to chatter, silence or perhaps just a few pleasantries while we tack up!

    1. Sallie, I’ll be interested to hear if you notice a difference! Are you talking to your horse or other riders tacking up as well?

      -Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  52. My horse now starts running away when he sees the halter, or even if i step foot into the pasture. It does bother me, as he never did this before. However, i do walk away and turn around to see what his next move is. But every time I walk into my pasture, I have already taken that deep, relaxing breath, and I go into the pasture with a clear mind with only the intention of riding my horse

    1. Alicia, have you noticed any of his behaviors while you are riding change? Does he seem uncomfortable when you saddle him? Just wondering if he is uncomfortable at all and perhaps that is causing him to not be as eager to be ridden!

      – Julia Burdy, CRK Training Community Manager

  53. Since I have been taking the time to really listen to my gelding, I realise he dislikes any attention while he eats. He has always tolerated me brushing, cleaning his feet, saddling him up etc., while he eats. Now, I give him his space to slowly eat and enjoy his hardfeed or hay before I start grooming. He is less stressed and appears content rather than constantly moving his feet and turning his head away from me.

  54. This is so relevant for me and I have been thinking a lot about this subject recently. Rushing and just focusing on getting the task done is so common and I think many people don’t take the time to observe, listen, and feel what the horse is communicating. Learning about this is a lifetime endeavor. Thank you for the video. I would be interested in a whole online class about this.
    And yes, my relationship with my horse seems better with less petting, face touching, and kissing. Those things are more for the human than the horse.

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