Horses are more mild-mannered, accustomed to humans and are more sensitive than we think. They acquire habits very quickly and maintain them. They trust their own ‘guts’ to protect themselves. They sense danger in the face of novelties. In dangerous situations, they find solutions in an easy fashion and quickly escape.
You can understand what your horse thinks and feels from how his ears look, how it uses its feet, how he holds its tail, the width of his nostrils, what he does with his teeth and mouth, not to mention the length and the intensity of his neighing.
Horses have strong memories: they remember every move a rider makes, so you can be your horse’s best friend or worst enemy. Younger ones have the urge to imitate older ones. Horses are easily influenced by each other. If a horse is scared, yours will be influenced by it too, even if he can’t see what it is that scares him. If the rider maintains his or her calmness, a horse can feel safe again.
Every rider should know the reasons, the symptoms and the solutions of the horse’s fear. A horse’s attention is often like that of a child at school. The distraction of a horse that has been trained for an hour continuously is very natural. You should rest him for a couple of minutes every 15 to 20 minutes. As long as he is not treated badly or scared, horses are gentle, sweet-natured and strong at all times. They understand whether the rider is a novice or knows what he or she is doing. Horses also look at how the rider responds to their disobeying. Now, you can communicate with a horse!