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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS


Tip #28... Guess My Mood !

What Mood Am I In?

  • Blinking - thinking, figuring out what you want, focused on you
  • Licking Lips - thinking, figuring out what you want, focused on you
    • Snort - nervousness, apprehension
    • Sigh:  release of adrenalin,feeling ok and safe
    • Nicker - happy to see you
    • Whinny - greeting, where are you guys ?
    • Squealing -excitement
    • Blowing - apprehension, be aware

    • Ears forward - very alert about what is up ahead
    • Ears straight -  all is okay, happy, safe
    • Ears back - listening or focusing on you or what is behind him
    • Ears flat back - danger, anger, you better be aware and careful, decreased hearing ability

    • Cocked leg - relaxed or ready to kick
    • Stomping - frustration, anger
    • Pawing - frustration, anger, preparation for rolling or laying down

    • Head gets higher than normal - overly alert and nervous so be careful
    • Head gets down a bit - relaxation and confidence
    • Head gets way down - indication of oncoming buck.

    • Leg cocked - contentment, relaxation, preparaton for a kick

    • Tail swishing - aggravation
    • Tail with a kink - fear and often precedes a buck
    • High tail - excitement, often when new horses arrive in pasture
    • Tail flattened or tucked in - frightened

    • Sweating - stress or normal athletic activity
    • White lather - extreme stress or overwork

    • Stretched or elongated nose and neck and slightly open mouth - grooming enjoyment
    • Wrinkled nose - annoyance or disgust
    • Lip curled up toward nose (Flechmen Response) - smelling a mare in heat, smelling something different
    • Lip movement up and down - called mouthing - usually by foals - indicates submission

    • Jigging - bobbing head, tense body, quick forward motion -  anxious, impatient, in a hurry
    • Rhythmic head bobbing - contentment, security, happy
    • High rounded outline  - excited, tense, nervous, apprehensive
    • Level outline silhouette - relaxed confident  

    • Private parts hanging - very happy, relaxed

    Watch Out !
    Listening to rider

    Good Friends


           Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

            by Mary Dixon