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What Is My Horse Thinking?
by Kay Rice
My daughter has kept horses for years and I have recently become interested in her hobby. The trouble is, I am scared by such large animals. Do you have any suggestions for interpreting how it feels about me? (Joseph Martinez - Arizona)
Horses indicate their feelings in a number of different ways, but the easiest way to judge how your horse is feeling as a beginner is to monitor what his ears are doing. Unhappy or agitated horses' ears will lie flat against the neck. If they are facing forward and pricking up, they are most likely interested in something and possibly feeling quite happy too. If the ears are simply lowered to the side slightly, your horse is either very relaxed or bored. This is also a sign of illness in some cases, especially in cases of overall lethargy.?
Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.
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