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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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      meglittlestudio 8 years ago

      Wow, Wow, WOW! What a great amount of information well laid out and easily understandable. You did a fantastic job and I miss being around horses all the more!

      Seriously, really great job, you put a huge amount of effort into this and it clearly paid off :)

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      A very nice Lens, I learned lot about horses body language and will be able to determine how a horse feels now

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      I used to spend a lot of time around horses and you have done a wonderful job on describing their body language in clear terms. Wonderful lens I really enjoyed reading, and now I miss even more being around horses! They are truly gorgeous. Excellent !

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      This is great - my neighbor has horses and I love them - I will have to pay attention when Rebel - my horse buddy - come running up to me. Great job - love it.

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      lingstar 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Loved the picture with the fawn. I grew up loving horses; what you wrote was so true regarding the way they communicate.

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      Pmona LM 8 years ago

      Wow! This info is spot on. I grew up with a shetland pony and a horse. Reading this lens sure brought back a lot of memories. 5* for being awesometastic!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      An absolutely stunning lens. I can't say enough good things about it. 5 stars, favorite and I'm already a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      oliviabrooks123 8 years ago

      excellent lens I am really enjoying.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yep, I got to know my horse's body language OK - when he bucked I knew it would be seconds before I fell off!!!

      Seriously though, this is a great lens with an original topic - which is nice to see ;) I love the pic of the horse with the fawn and you have been blessed by an Angel.

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      MacPharlain 8 years ago

      Awesome job on this lens! The pictures and descriptions support each other perfectly. Horses are wonderful communicators once you pay attention. A lesson I learned the hard way as a kid after getting intentionally thrown by our horse who tried to tell me he wanted to go straight back to the barn after a long ride...but I didn't listen.

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      bhymer 7 years ago

      You did a fantastic job on this lens. It's great knowledge for equine artist too. 5*

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Great lens! We are not able to edit our groups. Will try to feature your lenses again soon.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      This is a great lens. It's been years since I had much contact with horses, but I began to remember some of the signs as I read your lens. Wonderful job.

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      njgolfblue 7 years ago

      Great Lens I grew up around horsese and used to love to ride - Have been on 2 Family trips to Dude Ranches in Wyoming in the last 5 years ~ We road horses every day ~ it was awesom!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I found this lens fascinating. I have never owned a horse but have always appreciated their intelligence, grace and beauty. Great lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      This is a stellar lens, you have touched on everything a horse lover could ever imagine to ask about horse behavior, and the photos are just gorgeous (so are the horses). *blessed by an angel*

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      This is terrific. I read my cat's body language too. They say a lot!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is the Best! I've prowled the internet for this information. Most websites talk about the body language but NONE of them show contrasting pictures to help show the differences. Thank you so much for putting this together.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, thank you! It doesn't cover everything (not by a long shot) but I got as much of it as I could. I'll probably wind up adding more as I find photos - if only I was independently wealthy...I'd watch the horses and take pictures for stuff like this all day long ;o)

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Excellent lens with so much detail and examples of body language. We have 3 horses just moved next door and we should know more about them. Thanks!

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Very informative. Brings back childhood memories of horses with personality. I like the way you illustrate the points with photos.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Really really well written. Nicely done. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love horses and the feeling seems to be mutual. I've never had the pleasure of my own family member(s) but I often visit pastures, where one or two always come moseying over to say hi. Sometimes they will rest their heads on my shoulder. What does this mean? It seems very affectionate. Also they turn their backs and push their back ends towards me. What about this? Thank you dearly.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Josie! Thank you for commenting; you have to be a bit careful about the back end (it can be dicey :o) Usually, pushing the back end towards you means they want their tail scratched (on either side at the top of the tail). This is generally a leftover behavior from "childhood", but is not usually encouraged as an adult because of the potential danger (to us) and the possibility of misunderstanding/miscommunication.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @EpicFarms: Thank you for your answer. What does the head on my shoulder and soft snuffling/ blowing noise in my ear mean? Sure feels like affection.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens. One of the things I have to do in my lifetime is to ride a horse. There are horses around my neighborhood and I would occasionally stop and look at them. I know that horses are sensitive to human's body language too and if you rub them the wrong way, you will get kicked. That may be part of the reason I have not tried riding a horse.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I am so excited that my nomination for Purple Star Award for this lens was accepted. Congratulations. I really loved this lens. Well-deserved.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @jlshernandez: Oh my! Thank you SO much for the blessing and the purple star nomination, this has really made my day :o)

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      "You just got a "Lucky Leprechaun Blessing"

      blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @Annamadagan: Thank you SO much Anna! :o)

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Great, informative Lens, I just learned so much!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is so brilliantly done Return to offer blessings. :) So ...

      Happy April Fools Day Blessing from the Fine Arts Angel :) (the blessing is real though just hanging in a new neighborhood for today)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I teach an Introductory class in Equine Studies at the college level. This is so informative and well done I am including it when we discuss Communication.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: Thank you SO much for the blessing Wild Faces!

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @anonymous: PJ - Oh my, thank you! That made my day *grin*. As a [microscopic] non profit organization, I definitely appreciate any additional traffic referred to this page :o)

      I believe body language to be the single most important thing we can learn about horses; it is staggering to see how much they will actually communicate with us once we learn to listen.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      wow, I knew a few of the signs of horse speak, but there's so many more that I learned about here today, GREAT lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was quite educational AND entertaining! Kudos to you!

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      This is fascinating and you explained everything VERY well. A wonderful intro for someone who has not been around horses. Body language is so important to animals and humans too. :) Two thumbs up.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Very well written and informative! thank you

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      Annemarieelizabeth 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information. There is so much to learn and I look forward to more knowledge from you:)

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Great info and pictures and I learned a lot about how horse communicate with their body language. My hubby is a big horse fan and we attend local fairs and rodeos. I will be watching the horses body movement more. Thanks!

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      Light-in-me 5 years ago

      Wow, I learned a lot and the pictures are great!

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. All too often I too see people ignoring what seems to be so obvious behaviors by the horse that they are not OK with what's going on. The response by people is usually... "he has to learn." Love your lens and I will be sure to share this will my students. Thanks!

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      Great lens, and great topic! Keep up the good work, and I bet your ears, eyes, and tail speak happy thoughts most of the time!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just had a mare and her colt come into the yard next door. Trying to learn their slightly nervous communication. I love that you have photos to go with the descriptions.

      Great article !

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      Mia Carter 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Aw, that last photo with the horse's head stuck in the tree is awful! Poor kid. Glad she was rescued. :-) Well done lens.

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      corinnemwestphal 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Thanks for all this info with illustrative photos to boot. Bravo!

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      parts2 5 years ago

      So beautiful! I am truly amazed!

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      Pat Broker 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for the great information! I'm a rider and aware of a horse's body language, but sometimes forget to consider it when riding or working with a horse.

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love horses with every bit of my heart. Actually, next year I plan on going to college to study everything about horses. I'm so excited! :) I plan on getting my own horse ranch some day. :)

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Giving this an awesometastic+ hope that is ok. But in all seriousness I have always looked at horses as just being more spiritually aware than myself. True creatures of grace, but of course they are animals like we and body language HAS to be important. You lens really really helped me better understand these movements and "facial" expressions, though clearly spending time around them would be best, this is the next best thing. Amazingly well done...thank you very much!

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens! We love animals and agree 100% with the language animals speak through their body positions, movements, tail movement, and sounds. We rescue Siberian Huskies and we notice the same behavior and body language in dogs. Really enjoyed your lens!

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      abrahamgpg 5 years ago

      Firstly I want to say Awesome and super fascinating. My lifetime dream is to have my own horse farm. Unfortunately, cicumstances have prevented me from realizing this dream, however your lens just opened my eyes to a whole new world of horses. Better understanding them can make a lot of difference to everyone that want to be near to horses. Thanks again for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      Thank you SO much everyone for your kind words. Body language is one of those things that you can study forever and still feel like you only scratched the surface :o)

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      I'm a natural horsemanship student. Love your lens. Nice job! The photos and your interpretations are wonderful. I also have several natural horsemanship lenses.

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      I love horse riding. It is really a great lense, it shows that you observe very closely horses' activity. Great lense.

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      I love horse riding. It is really a great lense, it shows that you observe very closely horses' activity. Great lense.

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      333ideas 5 years ago

      I love horses, but my daughter is TOTALLY crazy about them. I will be sure to share this page with her. Visit me at www.squidoo.com/anything-to-save-a-buck

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is totally fascinating, and I love all the visuals you used to explain everything you're talking about. I used to work at a stable and knew a good amount about about equine body language, but I still learned quite a bit too. Completely excellent lens!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Horses are very intelligent and fascinating. Great lens! You have some beauties :)

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I sure did discover something new. Thank you so much.

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      GroovyHooves 5 years ago

      Love my horses to bits and always watching their body language...I'm going to watch even more carefully from now on!

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      TZiggy 5 years ago

      Good educational lens. This was very interesting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to show this lens to my 11 year old daughter tonight, she loves horses and your lens has some much stuff on it. Glad I browsed into your lens this morning, if you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Kate Sawyer 5 years ago from Nashville

      I certainly didn't know this about horses. This lens is a good resource.

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      Recession Proof2 5 years ago

      Amazing lens... very thorough, funny, and insightful. Good job.

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      nekoneko 5 years ago

      i love horsies

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      zhenshikuna 5 years ago

      I love horsies

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      topbeaches 5 years ago

      LOL.!! Oh my, these pictures are so funny. Horses are the most intelligent animals :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      Very nice lens. I love horses and was raised around them as a young girl. That picture of the horse with his head in the tree sitting down is just to darn funny. Don't think i have ever seen a horse do that before.

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      Hana4 5 years ago

      Great advice, you nailed it!

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      mkakan 5 years ago

      don't really ; love horses but this lens was very educative and coool...

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      Great lens! You reminded me about my childhood days at my grandparents house

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      zassx1337 5 years ago

      Very useful lens! Congrats! ;)

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      This is a great lense. I've seen most of these types of bdy language from my horses over the years. One of the best things about owning horses is getting to know them and their personalities. My grandfather says that if you can see the whites of a horses eyes at all times - he's a stubburn one. (I have found this to be true with 1 of mine) That's an old wives tale of course.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Absolutely Awesome Lens!! I loved every word of it. I am a wanna be horsewoman. I love them and would give anything to have them. I so enjoyed your lens. I learned so much. I can feel your love of this magnificent creature through your wonderful writing and photos. Fantastic! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my, amazingly awesome, fantastically fascinating and I have to say so insightful and aware. Perfectly done in every way and more than deserving of the purple star that shines here, excellent!

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      Baker987 5 years ago

      Great information on topic not often discussed.

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I love reading body language whether its people or animals. It truly interests me. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just got a weanling and this was very helpful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The one with the head down pawing the ground, may have had a horsefly on it. That the way they will do here on the farm sometimes. And if they can't paw the dust high enough. They will roll on the ground to keep the dust on them & help limit the horseflys.....Plus I've seen them act this way just before a change in the weather. I see ya still are using one of the horses & fawns photos....Keep up the good work, I enjoyed seeing it......M.C.S. Dave

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is freekin' AWESOME. It would also be nice to have some more "health and wellness" body language in there too, so people can recognize when horses are in distress and where the pain is coming from. (Biting at flanks for colic, the difference between rolling for a dust bath and rolling out of discomfort, head-bobbing with lameness, locking the jaw when the bit hurts, that sort of thing.) I am sharing this site with my students! Again, AWESOME!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, this was very helpful. It recapped a lot of signs that I had recognized on my own and also clarified them a bit. Thank a bunch! :D

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great info exactly what i was looking 4 :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I found your pictures and text extremely interesting and informative - excellent!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The pictures are gold. Thank you so much for sharing these. They are great reference material for drawing and painting =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really loved the pictures to go alongside the text i need to put this into practice now. thanks

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      fantastic lens

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      fantastic lens

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      equestrianscience 5 years ago

      wow some great photos!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      You've done a fantastic job using excellent photos to illustrate your narrative! This lens is impressive in concept, design, and execution, aside from being a very interesting read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I learned A lot just from reading this..thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent, showed some behaviors I needed to know, it would be great to see more teeth clenching and lip curl, teeth forced out with lip curl

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved this lens! You really nailed the horse body language. This should be required reading for anyone working around horses - experienced or not! Thanks for all the work you obviously put into this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is so helpful, thank you! I've recently decided to tackle my fear of horses and am trying to befriend the ones kept in our pasture (http://ameranth.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/operation... and this post is so incredibly helpful. I have much more confidence that I'll know what the heck the horses are trying to say now when I go out to visit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow great lens about Horse and Body Language.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This was really interesting and makes a lot of sense. Horses seem to be so smart!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I absolutely loved this and can't wait to go back to the local stable to observe the horses there with fresh eyes! Thank you for putting this wonderfully witty and helpful article on the web! x

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      Andrej977 LM 4 years ago

      I like horses and their power.

      Thanks

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens with great pictures! Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOVE this! I grew up with horses, and they were my best friends, because my health didn't allow me to do what other kids my age could do!

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      TTMall 4 years ago

      Great lens with excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This was fantastic. Very fun and informative! I love horses but I don't get to be around them much. They are brilliant.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! Great article!! :) I am responsible for training volunteers at a horse rescue in AZ that rescues ex-race horses. I was hoping to get your written permission to share this great article with all of my volunteers. Sincerely, Jill (Jroth4tkd@aol.com)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant work!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was just thinking of this lens last week and am delighted to be able to return with fresh angel dust.

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      fugeecat lm 4 years ago

      horses are such interesting creatures.

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      goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

      we had 2 work horses and a pony back home in the philippines but i never had the chance to meet them. i was afraid of horse bites and horse kicks. now, i know more about them. thank you for sharing and congratulations for winning the purple star.

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      OrganicMom247 4 years ago

      I learned a lot from this lens. You definitely know what you're talking about.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've learned a lot from your pictures and exclamations on certains things horses do.Thank you very much it makes sense now..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've learned a lot from your pictures and exclamations on certains things horses do.Thank you very much it makes sense now..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you,I feel better about some things my horses do

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am an author writing for the romance market and this information has been amazingly helpful in developing my current hero, a horse whisperer. Thank you so much for all the time you put into presenting these great photos and accompanying explanations. Patricia Watters

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      @anonymous: A book? Cooooool. You'll have to pop back over and let us know the name of the book when you're finished ;o)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Another amazing job on providing your readers on horse behavior. You are super both in your work with horses and your understanding of them. I guess those two go hand in hand though huh?

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Wow, this is very impressive. Congrats on the awesome work and LOTD honors today :)

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      jaisonvincent 4 years ago

      I loved that picture that she got stuck middle of wood..

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Superbly interesting information and wonderful photos. Horses are beautiful creatures.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens very well written congratulations for LOTD keep up the good work

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      JadaFuego 4 years ago

      Horses are very beautiful creatures from afar..lol....I got up close to one and she was being friendly and tried to say hi and she scared the crap outta me!! lol

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      shewins 4 years ago

      What a thorough and amazing lens, I learned so much about horses' body language. The photos are absolutely fabulous.

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      You sure know your horses! Congrats on LOTD.

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      I love horses but I don't get a chance to be in touch with them as often as I would like to. Your lens about horses' body language is very interesting. I've learned a lot! *blessed*

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You seems to be a good friend of horses. congratulations for the LOTD!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Back to bless this and say congrats for LOTD.

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      KathyBatesel 4 years ago

      I've asked a few horse folks to clue me in about horse body language and haven't gotten the type of information you presented here. Great info and exactly what I can understand. Thanks!

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      lucky izan 4 years ago

      Wow, you like cesar millan in dog whisperer but in horse version..

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      GREAT stuff here! I am an avid horse trainer and this is GREAT... love the pics!!! Blessed!

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Congrats on getting Lens of The Day! Well deserved! You have put a lot of work into this informative article.

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      kevin pachingel 4 years ago

      fun to read...

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      morgaann 4 years ago

      this is nice blog i am very pleased to read this

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Fantastic! REally enjoyed this lens.

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      dioltcom 4 years ago

      Wow interesting information.

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      Very good, never know most of that!

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      Frederiksocial LM 4 years ago

      Very informative reading! You came up with some rather surprising points actually - thank you :)

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      wattyan 4 years ago

      very informative! You are a guru!

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      cameras14 4 years ago

      the interesting lens I ever read, love horse and the way they express thinking

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      Madonaa 4 years ago

      very informative! love the piece of work done by you.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Wow! What an insightful and passionate lens. We have a gorgeous pony who's sometimes hard to understand, so this info will be very useful. Thank you for your hard work.

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      markadamdouglass 4 years ago

      WOW! That is a fantastically thoughtful and well researched lens. Yay for you!!!

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      davidgomes lm 4 years ago

      Yup:) it was a good man...very interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A very interesting lens! Like you, I'm a horse lover and want to learn everything I can about horses (i'm not a new hand, though!) :) Body language is something that intrigues me. Well laid out!

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      Trisha Cornelius 4 years ago from Gauteng, South Africa

      I wish I had this knowledge 2 years ago, it would have made me a lot more confident about the horses who used to be paddocked in the area surrounding our house. (I generally followed the I won't bother you and you don't bother me approach which was very harmonious). I also note that horses did believe that the grass was always greener on our side of the fence. Thanks for a very informative lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      well, i never had a contact, touching nor riding with a horse before. but your lens is awesome!

      congratulations!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This is profound! The best horse I ever owned was a Paint, just like the one in your first photo. Everything you said about horses is so true! I just don't know how you captured all of this on camera. Glad you did and liked! Very much.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Wonderful interesting lens! I loved the photos and learned a lot about these fascinating creatures!

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      csk305 4 years ago

      Your lens is AWESOME! I learned so much about horses I didn't know and the photos are awesome too. What a GREAT job on this one.

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      karMALZEKE 4 years ago

      This is even better than just a LOTD. I had NO idea. I learned a lot. Thank you. JUST BRILLIANT!!!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Very deserving of LotD! Here's some extra Squid Angel dust! :)

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      beautiful lens...congrats on the LOTD...you deserve it

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      brad896 4 years ago

      hahaha, that last picture was awesome

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      mimarlou 4 years ago

      indeed spectacular, thank you!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow! What a comprehensive guide to horse body language! I'm not a horse person (I prefer animals that are smaller than I am) but wow! again for all of this great information! Congratulations on this very excellent Lens of the Day!

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      fatima-nasim 4 years ago

      I always thought Horses are such beautiful animals :) Thank you for sharing this information, love the last picture hehe :)

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      CureCandidaNaturally 4 years ago

      Love this lens as it gives an insight into the personality of horses too - which is something that I know very little about. Thanks for the share.

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      anismanto 4 years ago

      Wow, a thorough study. The last picture is err... :) Funny!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      A big congratulations on receiving lens of the day for your Horse Body Language article. You did such an amazing job on this article that I was spellbound reading it. Your front page honor truly is well deserved.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      The love you have for horses comes in loud and clear with the beautiful pictures you've shared. Congratulations on LOTD and wishing you many more. Great lens!!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Very educative and wonderful lens. Congrats

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      ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

      This is such a great lens, I really enjoyed reading it! As a horse owner myself, it was really interesting and helpful to revisit and relearn some of these things! Big Congrats on the Lens of the Day as well!

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      christineallen 4 years ago

      I've never been a great horse lover, but I love your lens. Especially that picture of the 'curious horse.' A classic!

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      gpoppa 4 years ago

      Learned a lot. Will come in handy when I visit my daughter and her horses.

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I absolutely adore horses and spent some time nursing one back to health some years ago when I lived in the Italian countryside, so I recognised many of these signs! This is a truly wonderful lens..Congratulations on a well-earned LOTD!

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Wow Thank you for this Informative & Very Remarkable Lens "Body Language 101 Learning to Speak Horse

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Almost Forgot, Congrats on Lens of the Day

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Congrats on Lens Of The Day.

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      Tamara Kajari 4 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I just love to visit and read lenses written with passion. I have one word for this and one word only - magnificent :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great lens! And beautiful photos - I learned a tremendous amount about equine behaviour today. Truly worthy of the Lens of the Day!

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      RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      Fascinating and unusual Lens, with beautiful photos. Congratulations on LOTD - it was very well deserved :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Absolutely lovely. You gave a great lesson and I learned so much. The photos were a wonderful teaching tool. A well deserved LotD. Sorry it came so late.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Remarkable Lens! This lens should be awarded Lens of The Month with special Ribbons for Best Photography, Best Personal Knowledge, Best Written and Best of Show.

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      Septamia 4 years ago

      Your work is just fantastic imbued with love! Excellent!

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      Septamia 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, my country is not friendly with Paypal so I can not provide financial assistance.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Some people seem to be born with a special gene in there DNA that connects them with animals. I further believe that this DNA is inherited much like brown eyes. I have that DNA and so does 1 of my 4 of my sisters, 1 of my 4 daughters and her daughter. It is special gift and I see this gift in you. Your lens made my day.

      PS Funny note : the security word to share this comment is Ecstatic, that totally sums up my comment.

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      adarlie 4 years ago

      I love horses and go horse back riding often i also no how important body lanuage is not just in horses but all animals.

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      I absolutely adore this lens. I really love horses and I don't have the amount of time to spend with them that is required to get to know their body language properly. This lens has made me more aware and I learned some good things that I didn't know before. Great stuff!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      @TrishaCornelius1: The horses are right it is!

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      adarlie 4 years ago

      I forgot to say i also do volunteer work at a horse farm and animal corner

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I pretty much knew all of this from keeping horses on my property for the last 10 years. It really should be the first lesson for any would be rider or owner, because if you don't know you will more than likely have to handle a livid horse. Not so bad when it is a 12 hand pony but try a 1,250lb 17.1 hand Irish Sport Horse on for size? (pass!). I loved it because it is great basic information for the newbie. Whoa betide anyone who ignores the flattened ears!

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      XxSadieLadyxX 4 years ago

      Great Lense!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      a really beautiful lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nicely done. I've observed horses for a long long time and find your article right on target.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Well done lens...and so much interesting info! Congratulations on a well deserved LotD!!

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      Deborah Zappa 4 years ago from Mesilla Park, New Mexico

      I know horses very well and you have captured the personalities extremely well. Nicely done!!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

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

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      TheGoGlobalBabe 4 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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      buythebest 4 years ago

      Loved this lens!

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      lakern26 lm 4 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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      mamabrat lm 4 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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      Sparkler923 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful stuff and well researched!

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      SkiLoverAlpine 4 years ago

      Wow. So much information here! Nice quizzes.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

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

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

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

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

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

      Have a creative day!

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

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

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

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

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 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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      DebMartin 4 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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      tobydavis 4 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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      rhodacks 4 years ago

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

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      StrongMay 4 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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      JoleneBelmain 4 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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      treehousebrando1 4 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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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Valuable information. Very well presented. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Lee Hansen 4 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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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      Very interesting

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      Bill 4 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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      abhymas 4 years ago

      Interesting post.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 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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      Mel_Givens 4 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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      candy47 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 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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      justramblin 4 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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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Extraordinary article. Thank you for publishing it.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 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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      anonymous 4 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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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating and educational . Congrat on LOTD !

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 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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      lewisgirl 4 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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      caketech 4 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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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Margot_C 4 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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      Delia 4 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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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Brilliant and Blessed

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Well done.

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      cathybeams 4 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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      cathybeams 4 years ago

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

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      DJ-TBone 4 years ago

      fantastic lens!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 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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      Laura Hofman 4 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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      Gregory Moore 4 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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      anonymous 4 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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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Well-deserved LOTD! Congratulations!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Superb lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 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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      NightMagic 4 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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      Stella Markham 4 years ago

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

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      ConnieGreen LM 4 years ago

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

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 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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      tntkik lm 4 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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      amitsarkar lm 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Carol Brooks 4 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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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

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

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      nicey 4 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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      makorip lm 4 years ago

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

      Good lens!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 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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      MaureenCee 4 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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      blue22d 4 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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      anonymous 4 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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      spids1 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

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      jenny-archer-9 4 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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      James1978 4 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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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Great work, love the photos, and the translations!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Congrat on LOTD !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Very cool lens!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 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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      Mary 4 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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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

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

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      ukprowriter 4 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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      shaztasticyeah 4 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 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

      such an interesting lens, i love this one.

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

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

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      Noveliaa 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great information on body language!

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      anonymous 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

      horses are suitable for all types of therapy

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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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      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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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

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

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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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      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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      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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      Scott A McCray 3 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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      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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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very well written and interesting lens. Thankyou

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      Owned By Teddy 20 months 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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