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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Soon I am starting some voulentry work at an animal rescue center and there is a lot of horses. I was wondering if anyone had any advise to do with their body language and how to aproach them etc. I have ridden a few times but am not used to being around such big animals so it would be useful to know some information. Thanks


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 12:09 PM
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well, i've not much experience, just a little. i know when horses put their ears back like cats, they're mad. i know to let them come to you, move slow, talk sweetly. my mom said ropes can scare them off but i dunno

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The ears usually tell how the horse is feeling

Ears Alert and Foward

Ears pricked alert and facing foward indicate the horse is happy and interested.

Ears Flat Back

Ears laid flat back against the neck show the horse is unhappy or annoyed.

Ears Lowered
Ears lowered slightly to the sides show the horse is relaxed, bored or could indicate that it feels unwell.

Flickering Eears

Flickering ears indicate the horse is listening and attentive.


Never approach the horse from behind, they can't see directly in front or behind, just from the side.

Let them know your there.

Watch the back end, because you never know if their capable of kicking.

And you also have to watch the front, they can strike out frontwords too.

Don't hand feed horses that are nippy (Usually they will tell you if the horse bites or not)

Really, you can search on google all this type of stuff

Type something like "How to tell how a horse is feeling" and some stuff should come up, or try "Horse bodylanguage"

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 03:10 PM
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You just have to be a honest good person and the horse will trust you, approach them slowly and talking softly and sweetly to them and let them make the move as well. They are really good judge of character!

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great advice all around just make sure you talk to them, I worked with an abused horse and for weeks I just talked to him till he got used to me and came to me, I never forced it...

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Your confidence, attitude and demeanor count for a great deal with most horses. However, I've worked with some rescues too, and sometimes all the normal rules don't apply. An abused or neglected horse might have some behavioral peculiarities that negate everything you know about other horses. What may signal one emotion for most horses, may mean something completely different for this individual.

Approach each animal as an individual, learn as much about their history as possible, and be open to alternatives. Rescues are different, special, and well worth all the extra time they require.

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