What do you do when you are stressed?
Scratch your head, crack your knuckles, fidget with a pen,
rub your hands together…
Do you recognize any of these common moves in others?
These are called pacifying or self-soothing behaviors and
they are part of how our bodies regulate stress, whether that stress is from
learning, frustration, fear, or anxiety.
Horses also have self-soothing behaviors, but many riders do not notice these behaviors for what they are, potentially missing subtle signs of stress in their horse.
When we learn to recognize what these behaviors are for our
own horses, we become better at reading our horse and understanding what they may
In the video below, I
will show you what these common self-soothing behaviors are and how to recognize
them in your horse.
Now I would love to hear from you! What is a pacifying behavior you notice your horse doing? Scroll down and leave a comment!