In the dating world many men and women put their … partners to a “dog test,” where they … their date to the dog and see how the dog responds to … If the dog responds poorly
In the dating world many men and women put their potential partners in a “dog test,” where they introduce their date to their dog and see how the dog responds to the stranger. If the dog responds poorly to his date, a red flag is waved, while if the dog accepts the stranger immediately, the opposite applies. While many people look at this test in a tongue-in-cheek way, many dog owners actually take it seriously. Which they probably should!
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Many animals, including horses, have an insane ability to detect emotions as well as the inner nature of an individual. While you may be able to punch a forced smile on your face and hide powerful negative emotions like stress or anger from other people, you won’t find it so easy to fool a horse! In fact, I consider horses to be natural truth detectors because of their ability to read a person’s emotional state, as well as their sincerity when it comes to a love of equines.
If one of my naturally friendly horses takes an instant dislike to someone out of the blue, 9 times out of 10 I’m going to respect my equine partner instincts. If a horse usually takes a liking to visitors but keeps a sudden aversion to a special, clear horse seeing or discovering something that I may not have initially caught.
When a horse likes your company, you know it. When a horse trusts you, you know it. And when a horse actually dislikes you, he will make sure you know it. I often say that the world would be a much better place if people were as brutally honest as horses. But I digress…
A skilled rider at work should be cool, calm and collected, three key qualities to maximize productivity for a workout, as well as create an all-around positive aura of human-horse interactions. If you are excited the horse will recognize something is wrong and either feel that you are angry with him or you are annoyed with something else he cannot detect, but probably should also be concerned. The horse will not be able to focus on the lesson or your requests well at all, nor will he be able to draw strength from you when he becomes concerned about a foreign body or behavioral request.
It is important that you try not to visit or work with your horse when you are in a negative state of mind, as these unwanted feelings will interfere with your equine partner. Try to take a few minutes, or hours if necessary, to gather your emotions and clear your mind of life’s daily irritants.
When we see a loved one feeling down, it often puts a damper on our day too as negativity tends to breed negativity. The same thing will happen to your horse, so don’t underestimate the horse’s ability to detect your feelings.