Have you ever been bitten by an animal, big or small ? You might think that the bite was random and came out of nowhere, but that is rarely the case. If you know the animal behavior and know its body language, you can read when it is upset and when you are scaring it. This will help you prevent another bite.
This rationale is also true with horses. If you pay attention to your horse behavior and body language, you can tell when your horse is sad or happy or scared. You will learn to have a better relationship with your animal this way.
A horse says a lot by his ears. Horses move their ears a lot depending on their mood and surroundings. They will move forward and backward, sometimes side to side, depending on what he hears. If you watch his ears, his arched neck, tail and the way he is moving his feet, you will be able to inform what type of mood your horse is in.
To take a look at if your horse is happy or content, you may take a look at his behavior and body language. You can see that his ears are slightly back, but not flat against his head. He will have a calm expression on his face and his head will be slightly bent to the ground. Typically, all of his weight will be on three legs and he will be resting a fourth. His teeth will be hidden behind his lips.
If your horse is alert, he still might be happy, but he is definitely not relaxed. He will be very excited about his surroundings. You will see that his ears are slightly tilted forward so that he doesn’t miss a single thing. His head will also be slightly raised so that he can see everything going on around him. His eyes will be alert and happy; he might be making noise, but they will be happy noises, not panicky ones.
If the horse has his ears flat against his head, this is not a great sign. If your horse is getting ready to bite someone else or another animal, these ears are a great warning sign of aggressive behaviors. If your horse has a bad attitude, he will strike out at anything near him. Watch his back legs because he obviously feels threatened and might kick you. Finally, his nostrils will be open and stretched so that they look like ovals and he will open his mouth to threaten you or another animal with his teeth.
When you recognize the sign of a horse who is scared, you will learn to be more careful around this animal. If your horse is scared, he will point his ears at the thing that is scaring him. If should look at his eyes, too, to be sure that he is scared. The eyes will be fearful and the whites will be showing. If your horse is about to run away, he will throw his head up so that his nose is pointing towards the sky and will let out a high-pitched squeal. Get ready to hold on if you are on the horse. If not, get ready to try and control him !