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Body Language 101

Updated on March 24, 2014

Learning to Speak Horse

I'm not an expert by any means, but I consider body language to be the single most important thing we can learn when it comes to being around horses. Horses are inherently honest and forthright communicators and just as we expect them to learn to understand us, so should we make the same effort to understand them. It is the "failure to communicate" that so often causes problems between people and horses. By the time a horse kicks or bites, he has usually run through several milder attempts to communicate his feelings to us which were either ignored or (more likely) went completely unnoticed. How many times have you heard someone begin relating an incident with, "I don't know WHAT happened..."


The more I've studied horse's body language (both at home with our own and out and about at various places) the more fascinated I become as to the depths and the degrees of it. Watching horses and other people interacting with horses at public events can help you gain an even clearer understanding.  I'm pretty sure that this is one of those things that you could spend the rest of your life studying (that's my current plan) and still never learn it all.


I've used my own photos where possible and tried to find as many additional photographs as I could for you (without infringing on copyrights or stepping on toes) and I hope you find it every bit as fascinating as I do - I just LOVE this stuff! :o)


PHOTO: Cinnamon (L) and Katie (R) We really miss Katie's antics; she was a little stinker and always got into all KINDS of trouble (she was returned to her previous owner, who decided he wanted her back).

Although equine body language can be pretty easy to understand superficially, it is actually a very complex topic. I have tried hard to share the subtleties and nuances of what I've learned on this lens (without being too confusing) and hopefully have managed to make it kid friendly and easy enough to understand to include those with little to no horse knowledge too. I didn't want anybody to feel left out :o)

Protocol Please

Introduce Yourself

Would you ever consider running up to a stranger on the street, grabbing them in an enthusiastic bear hug and then giving them a big smacking kiss on the cheek? Of course not! As ridiculous as that example may sound, that's just what we're doing when we march right up to a horse, plant ourselves in their personal space and start petting them without so much as a by-your-leave.

Now don't get me wrong, horses are pretty tolerant of our "lack of manners", but that's no reason for us not to practice them. Almost all horses (with a few rare exceptions) love to have attention from people; it's only that they would prefer to be asked first. This is easy enough to accomplish: simply walk up to the horse and give them a moment to check you out (extend your hand, palm down with fingers curled under if you like; this somewhat mimics another horse extending his nose in friendship or greeting). That's all there is to it!

PHOTO: Champ exchanging introductions with one of our "unofficial" visitors :o)

Personal Space

Have you ever noticed that all people seem to have different definitions of personal space? I tend to be a bit reserved, and do not like it at all when someone crowds me. Some people are happy to stand a few feet away to carry on a conversation, while others feel the need to get right in your face (which is SO not cool, especially if they had onions for lunch). Horses are like that too; our Rina has a very LARGE personal space, while Taya on the other hand is not bothered in the slightest when people or her pasture pals get up close and personal. I do not consider this to be a question of right or wrong, nor is it strictly a training issue; it's more a matter of personality (but something you should definitely be aware of).

Just how self aware are horses when it comes to their personal space? - Pretty darn aware :o)

A friend of mine sent me this beautiful photo of a horse accommodating a tiny fawn who had wandered WAY into his personal space (see how his leg is bent out of baby's way?) Horses are amazingly self aware when it comes to their bodies; the biggest exception to this rule being when something else completely eclipses their attention (then all bets are off :o)

Body Language Basics

Horses are masters of subtlety, which oftentimes cause problems for we humans (as masters of large bricks). The horse is primarily a visual communicator (we are primarily auditory), and they are capable of communicating a vast array of thoughts and feelings through body language. Just as we use voice inflection and volume to talk-TALK-TALK, so do horses engage in specific degrees of body language. Communication can be talking - using one or two specific areas, e.g. the head and ears; a more emphatic statement - using several areas at once, e.g. ears, nose & head; or the horse's equivalent of shouting - e.g. pinning the ears back, a pinched nose, rapid swishing of the tail, and moving the head backwards and to the side to indicate extreme anger (the last group of signs often preface a bite or a kick-see photo below).

The Equine Shout

You did not listen to what I said,

and you did not listen to what I Said,

Sooooo...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???

THE EARS

The direction of a horse's ears, when paired with other body language, can indicate what that horse is thinking or feeling in addition to where his attention is. With the exception of additional body language, a horse's primary focus tends to be wherever his ears are pointing.

Pricked (Forward) - Alert or awake. Can indicate interest in an object or sound; curiosity, and/or anticipatory happiness (just watch how they ping to attention when you approach with a feedbucket :o)

Drooping/Floppy - Dozing, content, relaxed and/or happy.

Laid Back - Requesting something (nose out), listening to or focusing on something behind him (head usually up), or concentrating intently (head lowered slightly and nose pulled in toward chest). Just as we may furrow our brow and frown when we are seriously concentrating on a task, so do they.

Pinned Back - Annoyance or anger. If the horse is mildly annoyed, he may pin them back for a moment (this is usually accompanied by the head moving back and to the side slightly) before pointing them forward again; if he is very angry, they will all but disappear into his mane.

Multidirectional - Hesitancy or confusion (flicking forward-back-forward or forward-side-forward) or listening in two directions at once.

The Ear Flick - Acknowledgement (e.g. when one ear pops back to you and returns to its previous position; I liken this to our "uh-huh").

Shifting the Gears with Ears - MEETING MR. RAIN SLICKER (L) and KEEPING AN EAR ON HIM (R)

Note the change of direction in Bella's ears when I place the rain slicker on her back. She is still paying attention to me, but she is also focused on the slicker (the slight tilt of her head (R) indicates she is definitely thinking about this).

Relaxed (L) and Happy (R)

Lady is dozing (L) and Shadow is all but cross-eyed with equine ecstasy from getting his chest scratched.(R)

Laid Back (L) vs. Pinned (R)

The horse on the left is dozing and/or listening to something behind him. The pony on the right, however, is obviously angry about something (note the pinched nostrils). Chances are, any attempt to pet this cranky little fellow would result in either a snap or a bite (ouch).

Pricked (L) and Multidirectional (R) - From our Farm Day photos

This is Champ: He was very curious and eager to "meet" the the strange new creature, a little bunny, in the photo on the left (ears are up, nose is out, nostrils are flared and neck is arched). He was not quite as sure, however, about the piglet (R). Notice how his ears are flicking front to back, indicating his uncertainty; his neck is straight, plus his head is a little higher and pulled back slightly. His hesitancy turned out to be a good call; the piglet squealed loudly in his face, causing Champ to bid a hasty retreat to a safe hiding place behind Lady :o)

The view from above - THE EAR FLICK (L) and PINNED (R)

The photo on the left shows the ear flick (acknowledging a non-troublesome sound or movement). The one on the right indicates anger or extreme annoyance (if I was going to hazard a guess, I'd say another horse moved into his personal space from behind).

THE EYES

The horse has beautiful eyes; when the eye is calm it seems to hold an expression of utter peace and tranquility.

The Worry Line - A series of wrinkles that appear above the eye. It occurs when the horse is worried (obviously), uncomfortable, feeling pain, depressed, distressed, or concerned. This is often the very first sign a horse will display out of all body language.

Whites Showing - Fear, alarm (accompanied by flared nostrils, ears pointed toward the source of the distress or flicking, and the head is up and pulled back) or anger (accompanied by pinched nostrils, pinned ears and a lowered head with nose thrust forward, chin tucked or head to the side). Bella will, on occasion, look down without lowering her head to bring me into better focus*, thereby exposing the whites (doesn't mean anything, but she sure looks like a wild woman :o)

*NOTE: Horses use the top part of their eye to see distance, and the bottom part to see people or objects that are close by.

Frightened (L) vs. Fretting (R)

While both horses are showing worry lines, the horse on the left has his head up (showing fear). The horse on the right, however, has worry lines that are more clearly pronounced and his chin is pulled in toward the chest (indicating distress).

Appaloosas (L) and Afraid (R)

It is important to note that while both these photos show the whites of the eye, only the horse on the right is afraid. Although the sclera (white part) of the Appaloosa's eye is visible, he is not afraid. That is actually an identifiable characteristic of the breed. He does appear to be somewhat "concerned" about the photographer though (note the uncertain ears and worry line).

THE NOSE

The nose is usually a secondary sign and almost always paired with other body language. The more pinched the nose, the more intense the feeling and the more pronounced the wrinkles become just behind the nostril (toward the eye).

Flared - Alarm, fright, after heavy exercise, or the obvious strong/unusual odor (see "Startled vs. Scared photo (L) further down this lens :o)

Pinched - Anger, pain or very serious business (at feeding time Lady will follow me to her stall with ears back and nostrils pinched; mealtimes ARE serious business).

Protruding - I've dubbed this one "Equine Ecstasy", and consider it a visual version of our delighted (and auditory) back scratching "AHHHH" sound. The pointier the shape of the nose, the higher the degree of delight.

Pinched vs. Plain Jane

The pinched nose (the dirty one on the left :o) can sometimes be harder to spot than some of the other language (note the teeny tiny wrinkle that appears behind the nostril).

Protruding vs. Pointy - It's the personalities that pick

I have noticed that a horse's expression of delight comes in degrees and seems to be directly related to their unique personalities. Rina (photo Left) tends to be serious and a bit reserved. If you look carefully at her photo, you can see that there is a definite protrusion of Rina's upper lip and two shallow but distinct "camel humps" have appeared indicating her enjoyment (DD was scratching her tummy).

Taya, on the other hand is very playful and outgoing (photo Right). Note how her little nose and even her chin have protruded and elongated to match her current state of absolute bliss. Continued scratching ultimately results in a "Stevie Wonder impersonation", with Taya's head waving happily from side to side :o)

This little clip was made for a blogpost - but I decided to put it here too ('cause it's neat ;o)

Happy Trails to You.... - (Champ in Equine Ecstasy)

WOO-HOO that feels good!!!

Annoyance

Not only are this horse's nostrils pinched, he appears to be grinding his teeth. Someone obviously got on HIS last nerve today and he is giving it some serious thought (note the wrinkle behind the nostril and the additional wrinkles around his mouth :o)

Photo courtesy of:Photos of horses

THE HEAD and NECK

The head and neck tend to work in sync, so I've put them together here (note the ear flick acknowledging the photographer)

The Arched Neck - Hesitant or mildly alarmed curiosity (new object/new horse), anticipation and excitement, or flirtation (as in stallion to mare).

Head Up (beyond normal position) - Fear/alarm or extreme agitation; just as a clamped tail indicates a kick is next on the agenda; the head flung high and pulled back will preface a rear if the horse is unable to flee to a "safe" distance.

Head to the Side (ears pinned back) - Very angry, generally a "leave me alone" statement.

Head Tilted - Thinking (ears laid back, nose may be slightly in - see Bella's earlier photo, several modules up); Requesting (head extended, ears laid back, nose out).

Head Down/Chin Tucked - Anger/aggression (nose out, glaring eye and ears pinned or chin toward neck, glaring eye and ears pinned) or requesting permission to enter space of another horse or a person (nose out, worried eye, ears laid back). Requesting permission is often mistaken for aggression (to the horse's detriment).

The Arch

Bella (L) is anticipating her treat for giving me a kiss (note the ear flick acknowledging the photographer); The horse on the right, however, appears slightly alarmed, but still curious, over whatever is in the bucket (I'm thinking it's probably not supper :o)

Startled (L) vs. Scared (R) - EYES, NOSTRILS, EARS and HEAD

Both these horses have flared nostrils and the whites of the eyes are showing indicating alarm. Notice the difference, however, in ears and head positions. The horse on the left is still curious about what startled him, whereas the ears of the horse on the right show uncertainty and he has flung his head up in the air indicating a more intense degree of alarm. The horse on the right will likely either bolt or rear if the source of his fright is not removed.

The question: To panic or not to panic? - You're often the one who supplies the answer to your horse (whether you mean to or not)

This horse was frightened by something nearby, and more likely to escalate to a state of total panic because he is tied. Unfortunately, Peter Pinhead (L) chose to lunge forward and snatch at the lead rope which only served to frighten the horse further.

When the attempt to rear was unsuccessful this horse threw himself backwards almost into a sitting position and fought frantically to escape his tether, hollering for help the whole time (ya might just wanna rethink the whole grabbing at the lead rope thing there buddy - *facepalm*).

The Equine Request

I think it's pretty obvious what this horse is asking his person for (she has a handful of treats). Ears are laid back, nose is out and head is ever so slightly tilted; is that not the sweetest expression?

Head to the Side and Chin Tucked

This horse (L) is clearly none to keen on sharing his hay (M-I-N-E); while the horse on the right seems to have had just about enough of Mr. Photographer and everybody else on the planet (note the pinned ears, pinched nostrils and whites of his glaring eye). This horse will likely behave aggressively toward anyone that approaches him (I'd pass - yikes).

Head Down and Pawing the Ground - Can preface a bigger problem

Pawing generally indicates an escalating nervousness, annoyance or impatience. This horse wanted someone to get him out of there RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Because no one responded to this horse's request for help when he began pawing, he opted to take it to the next level by throwing himself on the ground and rolling (another variation of the equine shout) in a more desperate attempt to get someone to listen to him.

THE TAIL

Aside from the fly issue, the tail can also be an integral part of a horse's body language. It is usually used to indicate extreme feeling (a kind of punctuation mark, if you like).

Swishing - Really angry, extremely aggravated or total happiness.*

Flagged - Extreme fear (when running) or utter delight (together with a head bob while trotting/prancing in circles or other patterns; a full-body celebration).**

Clamped - Fright (usually precedes a kick; they may just drop their derriere and scoot) or feeling cold and/or wet.

* Visit our website and watch the video clip of Blue Horse Matinee on our Horse Heroes page to see those happy swishes in action :o)

**Some breeds have a higher tail set (see Lady's photo, above) and consequently offer a more intense version of the "flag". Both Bella and Shadow's tails will flip all the way upside down at these times.

Casual (L) vs. Clamped (R)

There is usually a small space under the horse's tail (L). The horse on the right has his tail clamped due to cold (if it is due to fear, it is usually a precursor to either bolting or kicking).

Comparing the Tail Set

These two horses have different tail sets. While both horses are trotting and each has raised his tail slightly, the horse on the right has a higher tail set. If I was going to guess, I'd peg the horse on the left as a Quarter Horse and the one on the right an Arabian.

Extreme Tail Torquage - How high will it fly?

This photo shows a horse with his tail flipped completely over. Two of our horses: Shadow (a Tennessee Walker), and Bella (an Arabian), do this on occasion.

Punctuation can be crucial for clarification - Be sure to read the complete "sentence"!

Looking at the photo above, note the pinned ears, pinched nostrils and tucked chin of this horse. It is easy to tell by looking at these things that she is angry.

When you add in the tail as an exclamation point, however, you can see that this mare is not merely angry; she is L-I-V-I-D.

More Examples

Below are some additional photographs showing more equine body language; including several of the combinations previously mentioned.

In Social Situations

Clacking

This is an instinctive social skill inherent in all foals. When faced with anything larger than themselves (or when shown aggression such as the horse on the left), the foal will thrust his nose out and open and close his mouth numerous times in succession (clacking his teeth together). Basically, it's a "Please don't hurt me you are the boss" statement made in self preservation; (like yelling "Uncle-uncle-uncle!" in advance :o)

The Squeal and Strike - Not the best photo; sorry

When two horses meet, they will usually touch noses and then decide which one of them is in charge. Generally, the horse with more self confidence (or sass) will let out a squeal followed by a lashing out of one or both front feet to establish dominance. This is our Rina (a purebred Arabian mare-right) telling Cinnamon (our Appaloosa) in no uncertain terms that she IS his superior. Cinnamon's Appy-tude was undermined by his uncertainty in this particular situation (note the ears) and was no match for Rina's fiery temperament (needless to say, she won :o)

Well, there goes the neigh-borhood...

Horses can have very strong opinions about other horses. Even with a wall separating these two, the horse on the left clearly does NOT like his neighbor (and is more than happy to let her know how he really feels).

While Working

Focus and concentration - EARS & HEAD

Both of these horses are intensely focused on the business at hand. Heads slightly down with the chin pulled in towards the chest; one ear back in concentration, and the other focused on the person giving directions.

Distressed but Dedicated - EARS & HEAD

These two horses are still attempting to listen to their riders despite their obvious distress. The one on the left looks to be in pain or discomfort (note the head position and worry line), and the one on the right is in a panic (note the head position, flared nostrils and whites of his eyes).

Equine Alert...Danger Will Robinson, Danger! - The Full-Body Freeze

This horse has been completely distracted (the eclipsed attention I mentioned near the beginning of this lens) by something off to his right. His training will be much better served by addressing the distraction before attempting to continue.

Testing, 1...2...3...

Now that you've read through everything on this lens, you should be ready for a little test. Using your new found knowledge, let's see if you can determine what the horse in the following picture is trying to say:

Answer:

MUST.

KILL.

DOG.

Um... Did I mention that horses are also EXTREMELY curious creatures? Don't worry, this poor girl was rescued safely - Whew!

Um... Did I mention that horses are also EXTREMELY curious creatures? Don't worry, this poor girl was rescued safely - Whew!
Um... Did I mention that horses are also EXTREMELY curious creatures? Don't worry, this poor girl was rescued safely - Whew!

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      Owned By Teddy 2 years ago

      Hands down this is the best article on the web in horse speak. I have started riding again after a 20 year break (that having to be a responsible adult and getting a job thing got in the way of my riding! Boo on work!) And a beautiful QH wandered into my life named Teddy. I've been trying to understand him as it has to be more frustrating to him than me when I don't or can't. You did an amazing job at showing the subtleties of horse communication and how in conjunction with each other can change their meaning in its entirety. Five stars world class write up!

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very well written and interesting lens. Thankyou

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      I loved this lens. I was the first in my family to own a horse, and no one but my horse to teach me. My horse taught me the body language, and some were hard lessons for both of us. The first thing he taught was to trust myself, which is when he began to trust me. Thank you for another insightful lens.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      What a wonderful analysis and lens - I have seen all of those indicators before. My favorite is the horse "what did I just taste or smell?" raised nose...cracks me up.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I love all the horse pictures. Very interesting information. I've never had a horse but notice them prancing, especially in parades.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      I have learned a lot from your wonderful lens!!! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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      editionh 4 years ago

      Absolutely amazing lens. Great to refresh what I have learned from my horse crazy daughter over the years:).

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Back for another visit to this wonderful lens...Blessed!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      What a great lens. Fabulous information and amazing pics. Thanks for sharing. PS I tried your Squidoo email but got an error message. I wanted to thank you for liking my Green Tea lens. So, Thanks you so much for liking my lens, it is well appreciated

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Had to come back and say this is one of the best written with awesome photos lenses of the year!

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Had to come back and say this is one of the best written with awesome photos lenses of the year!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      horses are suitable for all types of therapy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! Can you say why my horse (mare) flings her head/neck when I come to get her? I am thinking it is either "where you been?" or "don't bother me now" People have told me it is a dominant mare thing in the wild herd, someone else interpreted it as "you are annoying me". But she does not really seem annoyed. She also does it after she is put back in her paddock after a lesson.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great information on body language!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. So much info on horses. I loved it.

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      Noveliaa 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

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      dotcomdiva 5 years ago

      What a fascinating lens! It absolutely deserved to be awarded LoTD! Congratulations!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      such an interesting lens, i love this one.

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      ukprowriter 5 years ago

      Hi Jen, would it be possible to use one of your great photographs as an intro photo on a lens I have, as it sums up what i'm trying to put across perfectly.

      I would obviously acknowledge you on my lens and include a link to this great lens.

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      shaztasticyeah 5 years ago

      I found this lens to be amazing. I've never really taken the time to think about how expressive horses actually can be. The pictures were really helpful.

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      ukprowriter 5 years ago

      I didn't know too much about horses before reading this but i feel very clued up now. Thanks

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this useful Lens about horse body language!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      I can tell you put everything you had into this lens.

      Great lens with so much info. Now that's what I like to see. 5 Stars for me.

      I grew up with horses and just love them. What more can a person say but that you did such a great job with your writing, pic, all that important info. and the way you laied it all out there for us.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great lens. My other half has horses all around, and I love to see and witness their body language between themselves and us, Congrats on your LotD (the day before I got it!)

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Very cool lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! Returned so I could give this lens a blessing and pin.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW! I think I'm in love with horses.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Congrat on LOTD !

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      Earnlat 5 years ago

      Great work, love the photos, and the translations!

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      James1978 5 years ago

      Well done on the award. You should consider writing a Kindle ebook and selling it on Amazon because you are clearly very knowledgeable on the subject.

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      jenny-archer-9 5 years ago

      Often thought of hugging a stranger just to see their reaction...have resisted so far,but isn't that all part of what's wrong with today's society...a smile,a touch or a hug is often regarded with suspicion...couldn't it be just a friendly gesture?

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome, so interesting and very thorough! I was impressed with the shot attacking the dog, did you take that one yourself??? Wow! :)

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I sure did and had fun doing so. Beautiful pics of horses and I loved learning about their body language.

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      MaureenCee 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this wonderful lens. I really love horses but am scared of them and it wasn't until about 3 years ago i realised why and that's because as a 5 year old I saw somebody I saw somebody fall off one and she died the next day, she was only 16yo at the time. Nobody else knew about this but if I stop i can still see it in dramatic detail in my minds eye and it's over 60 years ago now.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD) Wysiwigs!!! Very informative, educational and captivating lens with apt and lovely example photos.

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      makorip lm 5 years ago

      Horses are amazing animals and you have perfectly captured he silent language.

      Good lens!

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      nicey 5 years ago

      I don't like going near animals but your lens has broadened my understanding of horses. I like the photos and your easy to read content. You deserve the LOTD.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      An amazing lens, fantastic photos and a wealth of knowledge about horse body-language!

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful lens. I love the photo of the horse and the fawn. It's just too adorable! I learned a lot about horses that I didn't know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful lens about reading the minds of these beautiful creatures!

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      amitsarkar lm 5 years ago

      I have discovered many new things from your lens. Thanks a lot

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      tntkik lm 5 years ago

      Hi Jen,

      Wonderful analysis, if only I'd read your lens when I was a little girl before I got bitten by a pony.

      Maybe now I could fight my fear for horses.

      Thanks,

      Alexandra

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 5 years ago

      This is a new and very unique lens I have come across. Your analysis is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      ConnieGreen LM 5 years ago

      Love this lens - you definitely deserved to get 'lens of the day' for your dedication and hard work!

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      Stella Markham 5 years ago

      Your Lens is beautiful. I'm a horse owner, too! Two Tennessee Walkers and a Spotted Saddle Horse.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      You definitely deserve the LotD for this one. Our farm progress show is next month. Just before I go I'm going to read this over again.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      We have a POA and two miniature horses. Still learning to speak their language. Great lens, and yes, I've learned a thing or two. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Superb lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Well-deserved LOTD! Congratulations!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have recently retired and started volunteering at a therapeutic stable. I am relatively new to this deeper information about horses and this is hugely helpful. I plan to share it with our farm's FB page. For people like me who haven't been around horses all their lives, this is so valuable and will help other volunteers like me.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My daughter has been wearing me out for riding lessons, so I am going to have her give this lens a read.

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      Laura Hofman 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting lens...beautiful photos! I love horses and learned more about them reading this informative lens. Thank you!

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Never there was so much to understanding horses. I have a great respect for their size, fence between me and them is what I prefer. Went for a ride on one once or it might have been twice. Will keep my feet firmly on the ground and save their backs.

      I have a cat that twitches her ears in different directions, looks up at the ceiling and takes off flying around the house at what seems like 90 miles an hour! We say she thinks with her ears...I guess that is sort of like your horses.

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      DJ-TBone 5 years ago

      fantastic lens!

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      cathybeams 5 years ago

      @cathybeams: Whoops - Ha ha, I forgot where I was. I meant to say lens! :o)

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      cathybeams 5 years ago

      This is the best hub I've read so far. Love all the adorable horse portraits. There is so much character in a horse's face!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Well done.

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      NuttSoRuff 5 years ago

      I love animals but don't have much experience with horses. So pretty though!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Brilliant and Blessed

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Very well done with great written informative advice! Too many people buy a horse and don't know enough for their own safety. I was a 4H horse leader and never had the kids ride their horses until they learned horse body language and safety...I felt so responsible for those kids.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Margot_C 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! Loved the picture of the horse with the fawn. I've never really been around horses, but I love animals and am sure I'd love it.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      caketech 5 years ago

      I love horses...I have ever since I was a small child. Horses are my favorite subject to draw, mainly for all the expressiveness and beauty you have so aptly described here. Wonderful lens!

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! Wow, you packed a lot in this lens. I grew up on quarterhorses and I miss not having one. You brought back a lot of memories!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a very deserving LotD. Way to go! My dad raised horses and would have loved to see this. Your side by side photos really helped the horse language make sense.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating and educational . Congrat on LOTD !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your lens is quite educational. Loved reading it. Now I will be confident approaching a horse as I know a bit of their language.

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      Sharon Weaver 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      WOW! This lens is a wonderful source of information for me. I am an artist and just starting to paint horses so I will be coming back to this many times for tips on painting a horse who is feeling a certain way. Good stuff.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Extraordinary article. Thank you for publishing it.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved this! What a fantastic job you did. The photos and writing are top notch. Thank you for such an informative read; I learned so much! Can't wait to read more of yours. You have beautiful horses. Great job and Congrats on a very, very much deserved accolade!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh a lot what does it mean when a Horse nods his head up and down when he sees you? Cannot find a mention of that one and its always been a question that I cannot get answered anywhere. Great lens well deserved LOTD. well done gal.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Very interesting read, with great pics. Congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      Mel_Givens 5 years ago

      Love the lens :) I can see you put lots and lots of effort into it so you definitely deserve being lens of the day!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      What a fascinating lens! I was surprised at how many of these I could identify, and I learned a lot I didn't know, as well. Thank you for the education. :)

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      abhymas 5 years ago

      Interesting post.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Wow you have certainly put a lot of effort into this Lens. Congrats on LOTD. Your passion for horses shines through on this page and that combined with the great photos is always going to make a candidate for LOTD. Well Done! :-)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Very interesting

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I'm a bit familiar with animal body language but I learned so much from this lens. I'm sending this to a friend who is a horse trainer and will fully appreciate it.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Valuable information. Very well presented. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      I sometimes wish I had a house in the country. I'd ride a faithful horse with a Labrador by our side. This lens reminded me of that. Maybe one day!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      First of all... congrats on LOTD, that's amazing!!

      We just acquired a new family member in our family, he is a 3 yr old grey tabby cat, and he is such a lovable cuddly guy... like all animals around we need to listen to what they are telling us with their body language, since that's the only one we understand from them. Great, great lens :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      You really deserve the LOTD. This is an awesome lens! I, as a horse lover/rider, and as someone who believes in the animal language, read up on the subject quite a bit, and then so far gained 7 years experience at the stables.

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      rhodacks 5 years ago

      Congrats on your LoTD. I hope one day I'll have my moment too. Cheers!

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens with so much information - fab use of photographs and your passion for the subject really comes through - wonderful writing!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Wow. This is definitely a LotD lens. I'm very impressed with you work on this lens and you knowledge. Thank you for educating us.

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Brilliant page on horse body language! I used to have a horse and recognise a lot of these, we knew each other so well. We have horses near us and I will bear all these signals in mind when interacting with a strange horse. I hope to ride again one day and it is vital to be aware of body language. Excellent page that I really enjoyed :) Love the photos of the horses too-they are beautiful :) Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      Wow, I learned a lot. GREAT PICTURES! You certainly deserved the LOTD.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I adore horses and I've learned some new things today!

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD. Fantastic lens with great design and information.

      Have a creative day!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congratulations on LOTD for this fantastic page!!! I learned a lot!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, great LotD! So much information about horses and beautifully illustrated.

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      SkiLoverAlpine 5 years ago

      Wow. So much information here! Nice quizzes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful stuff and well researched!

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      Sparkler923 5 years ago

      Very interesting. Thank you!

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      mamabrat lm 5 years ago

      This is a really great lens. The pictures are fabulous and are perfect examples of what you are saying.

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      lakern26 lm 5 years ago

      Terrific page! Very informative and well written, I truly enjoyed my visit. Wonderful pics, too. Congrats on a well-deserved LOTD!

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      buythebest 5 years ago

      Loved this lens!

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      TheGoGlobalBabe 5 years ago

      Great lens one of the best I have seen. You truly love horses. I have always been a horse lover too!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I can see a lot of work went into this lens and it really is a fascinating topic.