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Signs of Release and Communication in Horses

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Releases and Communication

Horses communicate and show signs of release with small subtle expressions or movements.  Some will show big things like shifting the back end, yawning, licking and chewing, sighing or blowing or giving a whole body shake or even wanting to lay down and roll, and other stoic horses will only show a lip quiver, a sleepy demeanor, or not show anything at all until you are out of their space.  


This mare became so relaxed that she relaxed her TMJ, Hyoid apparatus and her jaw where she was holding a lot of tension.

Communication and Sign of Release in Horses

Horses communicate in many ways, ears back, forward, sideways. They lick chew, yawn or even threaten to kick. We open lines of communication in horses using bodywork and following their cues by blinks, lip twitches along with working on anatomy and common overworked areas. Horses release areas of tension by indicating to us with licks and chews, yawns, body shakes, hip shifting. Some very stoic horses may not release until their are away from us or only show subtle signs like lips quivers or sighs. Each horse is unique in their communication. This communication also signals a way to work with them in their training. It helps us keep them at their optimal ability and performance.

The horse below (Chili is her name) became so relaxed after releasing the TMJ, Hyoid apparatus and jaw and poll she lowered her head and hung her tongue loosely. This was after quite a bit of work on the TMJ and poll with bodywork. This is a very high strung hot blooded horse that has a hard time relaxing. Her ability to relax will assist with her training.

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