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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The eye of a horse
What is Trigger telling me?
I´ve been fascinated by the eyes of
horses I meet for as long as I remember. Some say that you shouldn’t look a
horse in the eye. I don´t agree. That´s the first thing I do when I am standing
close to the horse. It tells me so much about them.
I try to not challenge the horse
in any way, I don´t stare. I respect horses and their personal space. When I
approach a horse I do it with a “soft” body language and I make a serpentine,
approaching the horse from the side with my eyes on the withers. Only predators
approach in a direct line. When I am standing next to the horse I likewise make
my eyes soft and meet the horse´s eye. It tells me what the horse think of my
presence, does he enjoy the company or would he rather be left alone? It also
tells me a lot about the horse´s state of mind and physical health. Is he
nervous? Content? Relaxed? Does he feel
safe? Is he curious? Playful? Aggressive? Happy? Something else a horse eyes
tells me is what state of mind I am in. A wise man once said that you can see
your soul in the eye of a horse.
Before mounting a horse I look him
in the eye to see if he´s with me or if we need to do something else before we
can go for a ride (more groundwork, leading exercises, take a second to relax
or ride another day.) I don´t mount a horse with scared or “sticky” eyes.
That´s about respecting the horse.
Lately I tried to capture some
beautiful horse eyes with my camera. What do you see in these eyes?