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        03-25-2009, 10:10 PM
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    I've done a lot of driving horses in harness. It is amazing what they can feel even through the lines. I can guarantee that if I turned my head in a forceful manner and looked in a direction with intent, they would turn that way without me changing my hands on the lines.

    A very interesting and good book to read about some of these principals is "Dancing With Horses" by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. He talks a lot about communication and balance. If you think about it Horses are truly amazing animals, afterall they can feel a small fly land on their skin, and then twitch just that spot to dislodge it.

    It's my feeling that we spend a lot of time yelling at our horses with our body language, the use of whips, ropes, bits and reins. They are very sensitive creatures and will react to the smallest thing, if given the chance.

    Just my two sense!
         
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        03-26-2009, 10:24 PM
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    I agree with that.

    However it still seems to me like a somewhat... easily influenced method of doing it. I'm sure if somethign startled you, or a noise was made, you would turn your whole upperbody to look... I guess for me that idea is a good one in theory, but a bit ultra-refined in practice.
    and its all part of making them aware of the ques.
         

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