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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.  

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

Setting your horse up for success

Have you considered setting your horse up for success on the ground before mounting? Now I don't mean the typical lunging. Is your horses head low and his neck loose and is he showing collection that is free from tension? Is he standing in a way he is off the forehand and square for mounting? Balanced Equine Sports can teach you these methods in clinic or in lesson format.

We have a clinic on April 28th and will be scheduling another early fall. If you want to schedule a clinic at your facility contact Lisa at 308-440-4538

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