Listening to your horse is not a new concept. It has been around for millennia. Their subtle signs roar with information all one has to do is to look and listen.
This communication starts at the stall or the pasture. It is a two-way interaction. Before you enter think about how you would like someone barging into you house, you would want anyone to knock first and wait for a reply. So start off the communication relaxed and open by waiting at the stall door or pasture gate for a few moments before slowly entering.
The most obvious form of communication that horses use is their ears. Look at the direction they are pointing and you know where they are directing their attention. Ideally you would want one ear pointing at you.
As you approach do not look directly into their eyes this is the sign the alpha mare uses to discipline a horse by making them leave the herd. Walk to the horse breathing and relaxed, you do not have to hide the lead rope behind your back the horse knows what you plan to do. Make yourself small and not threatening by walking sideways toward the horse. Once at the horse give a nice pat with one hand and put the rope over the neck with the other then grab the end under the horse’s neck and then clip the rope to the halter or halter the horse.
The horse should be breathing normally and continue to graze or rest as you approach. If the horse turns toward you, their ears point toward you, they flare their nostrils, tense their muscles stop and wait until the horse once again relaxes then slowly proceed.
Monty Roberts www.montyroberts.com uses his gentle training methods he learned from years of observing wild herds. GaWaNi PonyBoy is another respected trainer using horse communication successfully. In Shorewood, WI Olivia Animal Services oliviaanimalservices.blogspot.com . Sara B. Willerson, LCSW, an equine facilitated psychotherapist, gives an example of this effective communication. http://crazysexylife.com/2012/lessons-from-a-mustang/