Communication: Horse Whispering

Learning to understand what a horse is communicating, whether to other horses or to humans, and how to communicate in return can be a lifelong endeavor for the avid horse owner because horses are not all the same.
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One of the definitions of communication as provided by Webster’s Dictionary is "a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior." Can we as humans use a common system of symbols, signs, and behavior to communicate with horses? Can they communicate with each other? The answer to both questions is a simple yes, but it goes far deeper than that.

 


CHARLES MANN

Communication between horse and rider can be as subtle as gentle pressure from the legs or a shift of weight

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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