Communication with horses happens at different levels, from direct visual body language to voice cues, to telepathy or thoughts. Most of us start with the first two, and as we progress with out horsemanship, then come to realise that our thoughts and telepathy are being heard as well.
Indeed, thoughts are the first thing a horse ‘hears’ and can be a bigger influence than body language or voice. Horses are very good at detecting if our thoughts are congruent (line-up) with our body language, and respond better when they do.
We rely on communicating with our horses to achieve all the things we’d like them to do and the way we communicate will either help or hinder out relationship.
The best relationships come from when we truly listen to our horses, and give them a choice, and a chance to tell us how they feel – their body language is telling us something all the time so we just need to become good at reading them.
One of my favourite books about horses communicating to us is ‘Horses from our Side of the Fence’ by Sandy Lagno. Sandy has the ability to hear what horses via telepathy, and she records their point of view about breeding, shoeing, death, being wild and many other topics.
The following articles will help you understand more about communication with horses on different levels.