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At the start of May we start with our new workshop, “Being with the Horse”! On two different locations in the Netherlands we are introducing an 2 day basic workshop, “Being with the Horse” at the head of North Holland and in the center of the Netherlands. We’ll be showing you how to give “Calming signals” to your horse when your communication comes across too strongly. For more information check out our agenda or look us up on our Facebook page.
In the meantime, Margery Haverkamp and I have started the introduction of our new course “Be with the Horse”. This consists of six modules: Signals, Senses, Simplify, Synchronizations, Sensitivity and Spontaneity.
In this course, contact, connection, harmony and friendship with the horse come first.
The key to interaction and communication with the horse is hidden in the slight and subtle signals!
Let yourself be inspired by what your horse offers.
Register now for an introduction day/evening or arrange a workshop at your stables.
Workshop Calming Signals of the Horse
Calming signals are movements a horse makes when the activity in the atmosphere becomes too great. To lose this pressure or try to reduce it, the horse uses calming signals. When a horse looks away, either with his eyes or with his whole head and neck, it is a calming signal.
The horse also gives calming signals when he is pressurized and wants to acknowledge when the rider is feeling irritated or aggressive. The horse will show that his rider may calm down as he is not a threat to the rider. In his mind, he communicates this clearly and with respect. An important aspect here is that the horse always lives in the here and now.
Retraction of the horse’s head to force the horse in a certain position can trigger stress on the horse.
It is in our human nature to increase our volume if we think we are not heard. Perhaps then it is even more difficult for us to listen to the calming signals of the horse, because it is directly related to who we are and how we come across. The horse mirrors us and gives the calming signals when, for example, we go from rest and relaxation to agitation.
So, when a horse tells us with its signals to calm down we can interpret this as our horse is “bored” or “distracted” or “does not want to listen”. Often we respond to this with an even stronger signal of our own which can be the start of a fight or the total closing off of the horse.
You can ask yourself, “Is this really what I want to communicate?” Or take the horse’s signals to heart and adjust your own behavior.
A horse uses a series of different signals to calm himself and his surroundings.
Tongue sticking out of the mouth
A low head carriage with a slight bowing from the forelegs
Lateral position of the ears
Averting the eyes and the head
Would you like to know more about the calming signals that your horse gives? Then contact us.
On the second day of the course with Join the Horse we go deeper into these calming signals so that you can have better communication and a better friendship with your horse!