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Horses' bodies are very expressive; they telegraph every emotion and thought a horse has. By being able to decipher these "expressions," and knowing what they are in the first place, you'll be able to tell what's on your horse's mind. You'll know what he's thinking, feeling and even what he's going to do next. Horses never do something without first preparing to do it. If you know what the "signs" mean, you'll be able to prepare for your horse's actions.
How a horse holds his body says a lot about what's going through his mind at the time. When he stands statuesque, stiff with his head up, he's on guard; he's alert to something in his environment. His natural instincts tell him to pay attention to potential danger. If he perceives trouble, his feet will start moving and he'll be out of there. His first reaction is to run; but if he can't leave, he'll bite or kick to defend himself.
When he drops or lowers his head, he's turned loose physically, mentally and emotionally. He's comfortable with his surroundings and sees no danger. Usually, at the same time he drops his head, he'll wiggle his ears and lick his lips - all signs of relaxation. A horse that's not nervous or unsure usually puts his head down in a relaxed position. Look at horses in the pasture. Ninety percent of them have their heads down to graze. This is a natural position of them and means they're content and happy with their world.
Posted October 2, 2007
I am orginally from England and have ridden English style for 20 yrs now so to go to another style with basically a different language is sometimes difficult. This book has opened my eyes and has been very enjoyable and educational to read. I am starting to put into practice some of the lessons included. Thanks
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Posted July 18, 2011
I'm an experienced rider, but Craig explains aspects of horsemanship that I had to learn the hard way. I like to know why a technique works. I can refer to Craig's book after each experience and it makes sense. I've avoided problems I certainly would have had to solve without his advice. I was disappointed with the binding though. The first time I opened it the spine came apart and it lost about one-fourth of the pages. (No I didn't bend it too far) The information in the book is too valuable to waste time in a return so I drilled holes in it and put it in a binder. This is a valuable resource for riders.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.