A whinny sound = Horse talk
Some of us like to think of our horses as babies, not necessarily just because they are such beautiful creatures and we adore them so much, but because they lack the ability to speak to us in a language we can fully understand. Just like babies, they can call out to you to say “I’m hungry” (usually followed by another whinny which I like to call“hurry it up”). There’s the distressed “you took my paddock buddy away, take me with you, oh never mind you’re exercising him, I’m happy here” and the “I recognize you” nicker we all love to hear. But is that the extent of their vocabulary? Well, not really. Communication isn’t always verbal. The longer you have a horse, the more in tune you can become to their behavior and their special little ways of letting you know what’s going on with them.Some horses are very expressive. They’ll lay their ears back when they are angry,they’ll show the whites of their eyes when they are scared and they’ll bite you if they don’t like you or what you’re doing to them. While others are so placid, you’d happily throw your grandma on their back and let them go for a walk round the paddock.
Read the Signs of non verbal communication
It’s taking notice of your horses normal behavior that can actually make it quite obvious when something is going wrong with them that we can’t physically see. When our horses are sick or feeling “off” their behaviors to usual triggers can change,sometimes to the complete opposite. For example, when a horse behaves like a starved Labrador at feed time suddenly has no interest at all in their food, we can assume something isn’t right here. If a horse that is safe enough for granny to ride suddenly becomes quite adverse to even a saddle being placed on their back, again,this isn’t normal, we need to investigate. Unlike children who can usually point to the vicinity of their troubled area when they are sick, our fur babies can not. It’s our powers of deduction and sometimes a team of professionals that have to get involved.Unless it’s a “standard” illness, like colic where the symptoms and behavior is universally similar, it’s up to us to take our time and reassure our potentially frightened horse that we’re doing everything we can to help them.
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