Understanding Horse Communication

There are many things that horses do to communicate with each other and humans, and not all of them involve the noises they make. Just like humans, horses often interact with others with their body language. By paying attention to the movements and noises your horses are making, you can more easily identify what they are trying to tell you.

One of the main body parts a horse uses for communication is their ears. For example, when a horse’s ears are pricked up, that generally means they have seen or heard something that has caught their attention. On the other hand, a horse with flattened ears is most likely angry. This is especially true is they are baring their teeth. In this case, it is probably best to either find out what is agitating the horse or leave it alone until it has calmed down.

Horses also communicate with their actions. If a horse gently nibbles on you, that means they are trying to groom you because they are comfortable and happy around you. An angry horse will often wag its tail, while a horse that is stamping its feet is most likely excited or ready to walk or run. Horses that buck are being playful, and this is especially common in young animals.

Finally, checking a horse’s noise may reveal a few things about their mood. A wrinkled nose could mean they are irritated, while an extended nose means they are ready to be groomed. You may even hear your horse sigh, which could mean a number of things including boredom.

These are just a few of the many ways in which your horse may be trying to communicate with you. Pay attention to these signs and you will better understand your horse in no time!