During the 1890’s, almost everyone in Germany was left in awe when Clever Hans created an impression that he can read minds. Well, who would not? But much later on, Oskar Pfungst, a psychologist, insisted that Clever Hans was not actually reading minds. What he actually did was to read some sort of silent signals by studying the psoture and faces of different people. This allowed him to pick up clues as to what the people around him have in mind. This goes to show that horses are indeed perceptive. They can communicate with people. Needless to say, this is a remarkable ability.
So if you are a horse owner or just a horse rider, how can you communicate with the horse – whether you are on the ground or in the saddle? Do you realize that you sometimes do things which actually confuse the horse? This article can give you some ideas on how you can effectively communicate with your horses. But remember, it is still best if you constantly consult an expert horse trainer or a veterinarian.
While You are on the Ground
Do you know that horses are actually keen observers? They look at how you move. They pay attention to what you are saying. If you will try to talk with a horse, you have to make sure that you are calm. Communciating loudly with a horse definitely not a great idea. If your voice is brash, your horse will have no other choice but to flatten his ears against his cranium. Through the years, horses somehow learn what each word that you utter means. That is why if a horse will grow up in an environment of multilingual people, chances are, this horse will get confused and restless most of the time. So, next time that you visit your horse, teach him your language so that he can have his sweet time to grasp the meanings of the words you are saying.
Movement is another factor that you always have to bear in mind when communicating with horses. Well, movmement, just like language, is another form of expression or communication. In front of horse, you have to appear confident and cautious at the same time. If you are, then the horse will think that you are sos ure of what you do. Another reminder that you should always bear in mind is to never make any sudden noise or movement. This will frighten the horse. If the horse is sleeping and you walk behind him, expect a strong kick. Next time that you position yourself behind the horse, make your presence felt by talking to him calmly or touching him gently.
While You are in the Saddle
While you are in the harness or in the saddle, you can still communicate with the horse in many different ways. Experts call these means of communication as aids. This is simply because these ways aid or help you effectively communicate with the horse. These aids involve the sound and intensity of your voice, the way you make use of your heels and the reins and even the posture of your body. You may resort to using crop for more leg press. But never dare to make use of this to punish your horse.
Whether you are on the ground with your horse or in the saddle, consistency in how you command and how you use other aids is very important. If you are not consistent, you will most likely confuse the horse. Lastly, why don’t you try the clicker technique when communicating and training your horse? This method has proven to be very effective because it allows the horse to know if he did something correctly.