Here, she’s come up with seven ways to spend time with your horse.
It took me 18 months to really bond with my horse and I can even remember the day it happened, and always will keep that day in my memories. My daughter thinks it took her nearer to 2 years to bond with her mare, and again, like me, she remembers that time well.
Here are 8 Signs a Horse Likes and Trusts You
Leaning on you
Sharing body contact is one of the main ways horses share affection. Since horses don’t have hands to hold or arms to give hugs, gentle leans and even “neck hugs” express their love.
Because they want you to know that they love you while they are secretly shedding their hair on you. They know you have treats and are telling you that they are hungry. They need a itching post and they found that nudging and rubbing on humans can relieve them of any itch.
Itching can be a legitimate reason for a horse wanting to rub on something, but that something shouldn’t be you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out your itchy horse, though. If you’ve just come in from a long, hot ride and your horse is sweaty under the bridle, rubbing is just a way to scratch her itchy head.
A horse’s respect is earned by moving his feet forward, backward, left, and right, and always rewarding the slightest try. Think about respect from your horse’s point of view. When horses are thrown together out in a pasture, it’s natural for them to establish a pecking order.
How to read your horse’s body language
The short answer: well, no, at least not the way humans do. That said, horses are excellent at communicating. They use their body language and their own horsey voices to put their thoughts right out there in the open, from “I’m cranky” to “I’m hungry,” and all the way up to “I love you to pieces!”
Horses also understand words better than expected, according to the research, and possess “excellent memories,” allowing horses to not only recall their human friends after periods of separation, but also to remember complex, problem-solving strategies for ten years or more.
Say Hello to Your Horse Like He Wishes You Would
Horses are able to form companionship attachments not only to their own species, but with other animals as well, including humans. In fact, many domesticated horses will become anxious, flighty, and hard to manage if they are isolated.