Horses & Body language & Expressions

We all give off signs and signals with our bodies. Whether it be in the way we carry ourselves, or the way we talk, or the ‘look’ that we give, we use physical body language to determine a person’s nature, mood or personality. Like humans, horses possess different personalities, moods, emotions and talents. They communicate solely through their body language. You will hear great trainers say that it is the temperament of the horse that makes it great. Old cowboys will tell you it’s in the swirl. A horseman says it’s in their body and a great master will say it’s in their eyes.

The Biting Horse

You are in the barn, minding your own business, and you casually pass by your horse’s stall. Suddenly he snakes his head out over his doorway with his ears pinned flat back. His mouth is open and he viciously makes contact or tries to make contact with your body. Does this sound familiar?