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How to claim personal space without offending the horse

Updated: 6 days ago

Personal space is extremely important when being with horses. In fact if a horse doesn`t respect our personal space, any interaction can become very dangerous.

When that`s said, personal space is not about having a horse at 2 meters distance at all times. Horses can be in our space, just as we can be in theirs - This is not a problem, as long as we can get the horse out of our space in a way they understand, without offending them. When I say offended, I mean backing with high, stiff neck with hollow back kind of posture - that's not the reaction I want when asking for personal space.


Being able to claim personal space is a really important thing to have in place when connecting with horses and communicating with them through body language. This video shows a couple easy and kind ways of asking for personal space:



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