Tried using facial expressions?

Hello. Today I’d like to talk to you about body language or more precisely facial expressions. I was reading in Robert Barber’s book about the fact that horses communicate with each other using eye expressions and I was really surprised with that. I have used body language all of my life and know that horses can accept messages, for example, from throat movements when swallowing. However, I was not aware of eye expressions and don’t know how I missed that.

Anyway, after reading Robert Barber’s book, I started practicing with my horses and found out that opening my eyes really big to a horse that was threatening me caused the horse to back down easily. So, then I started putting expressions on my face as a way to communicate and found that I have even became closer and more able to communicate with my horses. So, along with the body expressions that we use to communicate, I would suggest you also use facial expression and eye expressions as well.

So, please tell me how you get along with that. Maybe you already have stories that you would like to share on how facial expressions have helped you with your horses.

Have a lovely weekend. Till next week

Carolyn

P.S. What do you think of the facial expressions below?! Thank you to Eileen for sending in the pictures of her horse Breeze. Do you have anything to beat these?

Breeze the laughing horse

Breeze the licking horse