Horse Emotions: How Do Horses Show Affection

Can you tell if your horse feels frustrated, uncomfortable, or fearful? There are a few general ways horses show these emotions. If you have a horse, you’re likely familiar with them. Equally important to understanding these is the ability to know how they give and receive affection.

As in any human-to-human relationship, communication and understanding one another is key. Any breakdowns in communication can cause discord, even when showing affection. As Cherry Hill says in her handbook “How to Think Like a Horse,” “The better you understand horses, the less often conflict will arise” (Hill).

In this article, learn five ways your horse shows you affection.

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