Reading Horses: Interpreting Emotional and Communicative Behavior
Every horse communicates with its handler, but not every handler knows how to interpret what they are saying. In Julie Goodnight’s latest podcast episode of Ride On with Julie Goodnight, she talks about how to recognize what horses are thinking, what emotions they are feeling, and what they are trying to communicate to us and to each other. (JulieGoodnight.com/Podcast)
“Horses are quite transparent, offering us ample clues to their thoughts and emotions,” says Goodnight. “Once you understand what you are looking for, and learn to interpret their postures, gestures, and audible communications, reading the horse is easy!”
Goodnight talks about understanding the herd and prey mentality, and how that contributes to the horse’ behavior and communication.
“Just like with humans, if you seek to understand and interpret someone’s actions, you must first listen and observe before opening your mouth and interjecting your own point of view,” says Goodnight. “It is essential to practice listening to horses if we are going to communicate clearly with them on their playing field.”
Find this episode, “Reading Horses: Interpreting Emotional and Communicative Behavior,” at JulieGoodnight.com/Podcast.
Why Listen to Ride On with Julie Goodnight?
“I’ve sampled so many horse related podcasts, and yours is the only one I’ve kept on my queue,” says Apple Podcasts user, Ealti. “You always have the best subjects, and you explain everything so well! I look forward to each new episode.”
With nearly 145,000 downloads and over 60 episodes, Ride On with Julie Goodnight has interesting and informative training topics for every horse enthusiast, at any level—whether they’re brushing up on their skills, or interested in learning something new.
Listen and subscribe to Ride On with Julie Goodnight at JulieGoodnight.com/Podcast, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Podbean, or your favorite podcast app.
About Julie Goodnight
Goodnight is the popular host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses. Goodnight travels extensively sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight is experienced with many kinds of riding—she grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida and is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, and enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses.
Explore Goodnight’s training library of articles, videos, and more at JulieGoodnight.com/Academy.