SWR Blog: Are you listening?
There’s a reason God gave us one mouth and two ears.”
There is far more to communicating with horses than just learning how to “talk” to them. After all, communication isn’t a monologue, it’s a two-way street. We need to make sure we are really listening at least as much, if not more, than we talk.
When our horses are, for example: refusing to pick up a correct lead, jigging down the trail or trying to run back to the barn, we need to stop and listen, and they will usually let us know why.
Above all, horses desire to be comfortable, both physically and mentally. If we don’t listen when they tell us that their back is sore, or that they aren’t comfortable being alone with us without another horse around, we’re not living up to our part of the human-equine partnership.
If we know why our horse acts out, figuring out how to fix it becomes so much easier. Next time you ride your horse, make sure you take a breath and listen to what your equine-partner has to say.
For more information about and/or assistance with working with your horse, go to the Horse Training page of the SWR website…and then contact us to let us know how we can help.