Gestures, Postures and Signals

The Details of Equine Body Language

Horses use their bodies to think, process and communicate.

When we learn to recognize, understand and mimic their Postures, Gestures and Signals we can respond appropriately, using body language that horses will recognize because it mimics their own.

Using video and photography, Sharon teaches us to see the postures, gestures and signals that horses use to communicate with each other and with us. This course will help you:

  • see what horses are saying – to other horses and to you
  • understand how they are feeling
  • mimic their body language in a way they recognize
  • communicate your ideas and intentions in a language they understand

Registration Includes:

  • 3 lectures
  • Slide handouts for each lecture
  • Skill Builders for each lecture: activities you can do to build your skills in Horse Speak
  • Quizzes to check your understanding and knowledge

What are Postures, Gestures and Signals?

  • They are innate (not trained)
  • They are communications
  • A position involving the whole body
  • Example: when a 14 hands horse suddenly becomes 18 hands
  • A meaningful movement
  • Example: a horse dips his head and rubs his face on his cannon bone
  • A combination of a posture and a gesture that sends a message
  • Example: a horse in O-Posture positions himself so that his rump is towards you (“Do you have my back?”)

Your Instructor

Sharon Wilsie
Sharon Wilsie

Sharon Wilsie is an inspiring and encouraging teacher. Whether you are learning with Sharon in person at a clinic or in one of our on-line courses, you will enjoy the learning process as much as you will love the results you get using Horse Speak with your horses!

Sharon is a has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, and riding instructor. Her grandfather owned and raced Standardbreds, and her love for horses has been life-long. She has developed and implemented several programs over the last decade, including; volunteer training groups for horse rescues and therapeutic riding centers, Equine Assisted Learning course at Landmark College, as well as hundreds of workshops, seminars, and engagements in a variety of topics about Equine Facilitated Therapies, alternative training and rehabilitation methods for difficult horses and horses with PTSD. She worked with students of all ages, including at-risk youth programs. Sharon’s passion has always been to create a two – way street of mutual healing, awareness, and betterment for both horses and people. Sharon is also a Reiki Master/Teacher.

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