THE NATURE OF THE FLIGHT ANIMAL
They are called this because can save their lives by fleeing rapidly. In emergencies they can defend themselves against predators using hoofs and teeth but they are usually inferior to their enemy. The horse’s strength lies in alertness, fast reaction, physical speed and endurance.
From the horses perspective humans are predators due to our actions and they way we look. We have small round ears, eyes in the middle of our face, hands similar to claws and the ability to lurk, observe, fix our bait, and approach suddenly. This makes us an enemy for the horse. Bad news for those who aren’t aware of this misunderstanding which causes 90% of all the problems we have with horses.
What you can learn from this
- Be aware of your body and body language. Your body continuously sends out messages about you. The way you walk, how you look, your mimicry, the positioning of your arms, the movement of your hands, the position of your back, all this gets perceived by your horse and the people around you and tells them how you feel. If you want a horse to trust you, then your body language must express clarity and safety. This skill isn’t second nature, but you can learn it, like everything in life, if you really want to. Your body is a gift. Take good care of it.
- Be polite in your whole expression. Ask for your horse’s permission before you enter his personal space. I bet you´d like it if someone knocked on your door before entering your room, rather than putting a rope around your neck and pulling you out of the door. Wait until the horse comes towards you, then you can be sure it really wants to come with you. By being respectful you give every living creature the feeling of being respected.