Behavior and Handling: Summary Copy
To be effective as therapists, we must learn to appreciate the horse’s language. Listening closely to our horse will help us to assess the environment from their point of view and to receive valuable information about their body as we touch them.
Any gesture or body position that is exhibited repeatedly or increases in proportion should be considered a sign of a bigger problem. Be sure to recognize the subtle difference between a resting horse and a horse that is despondent or depressed. Horses are naturally alert animals and even at rest, can be easily roused. An animal that is standing aloof, disinterested in interaction, not eating or drinking for a prolonged period or is despondent to stimuli is a horse in trouble.
In these situations, consult a veterinarian to rule out an illness or disorder. In the case of destructive habits, your only course of action may be to prevent becoming the victim of the behavior.