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"What matters is finding out how to communicate with the aim of producing a symbiotic relationship, a two-way connection between yourself and your horse."
"It is sad that so many stallions and horses in general give up trying to talk to people when they discover they are not understood."
"The horse makes signals with every part of his body. I have to learn to read his thoughts by watching his nostrils, his ears, his eyes, and his general attitude."
"[The horse] is telling me with subtle signals how he feels."
"Misunderstanding produces an even greater barrier between us than ill treatment. Understanding will, on the other hand, begin to forge a link between the two of us."
"I let [the horse] express his feelings without any constraint and I soon begin to form an idea of his nature."
"...the same signal does not have the same root cause for every horse or even for the same horse every day."
"When mounted one has to think as much about receiving messages as of giving them out."
"Your intention must be clear to the horses"
"I also use my voice a lot. I speak to the horse and watch his reactions."
"But your voice is only one element of communication; as you become closer to the horse and more experienced, other elements gain in importance and the power of the mind gradually gains dominance over all."
"Every movement we make, even the tiniest, is noticed by a horse, and for this reason we must learn to be precise in all our movements and make sure that our thoughts are working in tandem with them."
"If we make a movement or initiate an intention but our thoughts are elsewhere, the horse can very easily be confused: he is getting two messages and I do not think he knows how to cope with this sort of complexity."
"...a growing understanding of communication with horses can hardly fail to improve our observation and awareness of the feelings of the human beings with whom we have contact."