How to claim personal space without offending the horse

Updated: Apr 24

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 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 among the first things I do with any horse. It is a really important thing to have in place when connecting with horses and communicating with them through body language. This video shows an easy and kind way of asking for personal space:

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