Sometimes it may seem like your horse is doing what you want before you can even signal your intentions. Some lucky riders have horses that they are so bonded to their horse is seemingly psychic. We’re pretty sure horses aren’t actually reading your thoughts, just practice and sensitivity coming out when you’re working together in harmony. Science tells us your stress-free, happy, horse, is reading what you want and relying on your body language and previous experience to guide them into their next actions.
RESPOND TO TOUCH
I was once told I was a noisy rider. This information confused me since my brain was off in la-la land most of the trip through the woods and I barely said a word. My friend went on to explain I shift around a lot, I twitch, I gave the horse so many indicators he just ignored all but the obvious ones. Fortunate for me I had one of the most patient and placid horses on the planet to ride. If you’re a ‘quiet’ rider, your horse can read minute changes in your seat, your hands, even most of your body, as you think about changing speeds, or directions and they start to react even before you tell them to.
Horses are prey animals, and so they have impressive sensory abilities which include very sensitive pain and pressure receptors in their skin. Most riders use tactile signals to communicate with their horse through rein, shifting in their seat or pressure from their legs. Horses can feel flies on their flanks, and they can absolutely feel your slight change as you start to indicate what you want. A relaxed, stress-free horse, is attentive and willing to your subtle movements and will learn to respond to them. This perceptiveness is what leads us to think our horses might be telepathic.
MEMORY IS INSTICTIVE
Horses tend to have a remarkable ability to learn, problem solve and remember. Given a limit amount of choices in a situation, most horses will anticipate the likely course of action. So, what to us seems like magic, is actually the horse knowing you, knowing it’s job, and performing both well. If you’re clear in your signals, your horse is happy and relaxed, and you’re well practiced together, your partnership will be deep and fruitful.
Happy horses are healthy horses and it’s important to keep your horse as stress-free as possible to keep them at the top of their game!