Signs Your Horse is Happy

March 18, 2021 2 min read

Horses do not speak ‘human’, but truth be told, horses are great communicators.

Using their body language and behavior, horses instinctively show us their emotions: happy, angry, or sad, and it is our job to pay attention to what they are telling us, so that we can act accordingly. Being able to read your horse and understand how they are feeling and know how to communicate with them by thinking and acting like a horse, will make your partnership stronger—You and your horse will be more connected than ever.

 

Here are 9 common signs your horse is relaxed, happy and confident:

 1. Nostrils

Your horse’s nostrils are soft, round, and relaxed and breathing is even on both sides.

 

2. Tail

Your horse’s tail will swing freely, evenly, and loosely when happy and relaxed.

 

3. Lower Jaw

A sign of deep relaxation is that your horse’s jaw may hang loosely with a soft eye.

 

4. Rearing or Pawing

Your horse may rear up with its front leg or paw at the ground. No worries! This means your horse is feeling playful and enjoying themselves. Helpful hint: Learn the difference between horsepower and horse play, so that you can give your horse the play they need without putting yourself at risk—especially in the saddle.

 

5. Licking and Chewing

This reflex is a release of tension and restriction.

 

6. Yawning

This is your horse’s way of taking a deep breath and is a calming signal.

 

7. Snorting

Snorting can be a way of your horse showing positive emotion! It has been observed that horses snort or ‘blow’ most often when they are in calming and relaxing situations.

 

8. Mutual Grooming

This means your horse is relaxed in their environment and happily bonding with other horses.

 

9. Healthy Dropping

We know what you are thinking… what does your horse’s droppings have to do with happiness? Well, turns out that pooping is a sign of tension release for horses. Regular, healthy droppings especially during a bodywork session means your horse is relaxing.

 

So, now that we discussed how to tell your horse is happy, want a hint on how to keep your horse happy?

Benefab®’s Rejuvenate SmartScrim! When your horse has their SmartScrim on, relaxation and release occur. The SmartScrim features 90 magnets (1100 gauss) over key acupuncture points for stimulation of those areas. Each magnet is enclosed in a soft cushion for enhanced comfort. The SmartScrim harmonizes bodily functions safely and naturally stimulating recovery time, promoting blood circulation, increasing oxygen flow, and ultimately reducing pain and stiffness.



Also in Blog

How Long Can a Horse Go Without Water?
How Long Can a Horse Go Without Water?

February 23, 2024 2 min read

Horses are large mammals that require a lot of water to survive. A horse’s body is made up of almost 70% water. Horses lose water through sweat, urination, and other bodily functions. A horse should consume 0.5 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight daily. Horses can also gain water from feed. Hay and grass contain 10-15% water. However, grains have almost no water.
What is the Importance of Maintaining a Neutral Posture?
What is the Importance of Maintaining a Neutral Posture?

February 16, 2024 2 min read

Sufferers of back pain have probably heard of the benefits of neutral posture. However, it might be a new term if you just recently noticed some back pain or tension. A neutral posture means positioning your body so it is aligned and balanced, regardless of whether you are sitting or standing.
Fetlock Injuries in Horses: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Recovery
Fetlock Injuries in Horses: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Recovery

February 09, 2024 3 min read

The fetlock is a hinge-like joint that connects the cannon bone and pastern in horses. It’s a crucial joint for horses’ mobility and performance. Unfortunately, this important joint is susceptible to various injuries that can range from mild to severe