Body awareness is such an important part of working with horses. Horses may not listen to our voice, but they are always paying attention to what our
body is saying to them. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that 55% of all communication between people is completely non-verbal. That means more than half of our communication, during an interaction, is happening non verbally through our body language and energy.
Horses communicate 99% of the time through body language, so they are masters at communicating and reading body language. Often times horses are much more aware of their bodies then we are, which is why it is very common to see horses out smart their owners.
To develop a great connection with your horse, you have to become empowered in your non verbal communication skills. You have to learn how to master body awareness. Mastering body awareness is not just about being aware of what your own body is doing, it’s about learning to master what your horse is trying to tell you through its body language. It’s also about understanding how your emotions and your perception affect the way you connect, communicate and relate to your horse on a deeper level.
A women who attended one of my clinics, kept complaining about the fact that her horse wouldn’t move its front legs freely. She said that the mare felt like she was jammed up in the shoulders. As I observed the lady riding her horse around in a trot, I noticed that the lady looked very jammed up in her shoulders. I told her to start moving her shoulders in large circular shrugs as she was riding along and almost immediately the horse freed its shoulders up and lengthened its stride by bout 25 centimetres. The lady was amazed by how much her own body could affect her horse’s body. This scenario is a testament to the power of body awareness and how it can affect your horse on a mental, emotional and physical level.