top of page

Communication with Horses

How wonderful would it be to be able to understand your horse, to understand what it’s telling you?
De opening to a special bond between you and your horse (at least a horse is a herd animal) starts with clear communication.


How do you communicate with a domesticated flight animal that sees us as a predator and does not know our language?

Various research disciplines like de behavior biology, neuroscience, cognitive science and psychology keep themselves busy with demonstrating forms of consciousness and  “expressive behavior” in horses.

With this knowledge we can learn to understand a horse by detailed observation.

Expressive behavior shows itself in active changes, movements, postures, gestures, facial expressions, sound expressions and secretion of substances. (such as feces, urine, sweat and pheromones)

Only when we can perceive, feel and understand a signal through a “signal-transfer”, we can give them a similar expressive response.

Yeeesss… that is fun! We can really play horse!!

I believe that when we choose to be with a horse, to be able to accommodate them or just to have them near us, we also should conform to their needs and language. A horse doesn’t know “unnatural” needs!  Animals need is “natural”!


Equine Ethology = Study of animal behavior on the presence of humans.
Holistic Insights = The understanding of the horse as a whole beeing.
Integral Hippology = Use of acquired horse knowledge.

By working together between various scientific disciplines about Equine Ethology was the need for Holistic Insights “Integral Hippo-logy” clearly.
This has contributed to that improved methods are developed and applied, in order to obtain the much needed Holistic knowledge about horse behavior. It’s wonderful to observe in a Holstic manner horses and develop and eye for the Horse in a Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual unity!!

- Aggressive behavior. (attack - defensive behavior) For example : Offensive and defensive threaten.
- Bonding -  comfort behavior.
- Exploratory and vigilant behavior.
- Flight Behavior.
- Calm behavior.
- Game behavior.
- Marking behavior.
- Dominance behavior.
- Mood transfer behavior.
- Reproductive behavior and foal education.
- Communicative behavior.

The cause of unwanted horse behavior and many behavioral disorders in horses must me sought directly or indirectly in the wrong behavior

of the person…Because he fully OVERLOADS the ADAPTABILITY of the horse.

A vicious horse or a horse with a bad personality does not exist unless there are developmental disorders occurring in the brain.
These horse would not survive in the wild either.


Horses know positive and negative emotions.

Expressions of this are well-being, pain, suffering and moods through this way they give us signs about their own conscious experience.

This shows how important it is to respect horses as unique feeling and thinking animals and treat them animal orientated.


A most seen emotion of horses is FEAR.

It is shown that a fear emotion activated an area in the Limbic System (almond-shaped structure to the brain) which is connected to the Basal Ganglia which is DIRECTLY responsible for the control of the legs, the eyes and the nose. The same as an acute processing and an assessment of sensory information.


In the almond body are events associated with emotions assessed and saved.

Like this frightening situations, through this link, are able to be quickly recognized and finds the horse quickly the alarming flight status.

bottom of page