If you horse’s ears are standing up, is usually indicates that they’re content. This is a relatively passive sign and occurs when the horse is relaxed, too.
2. Ears pointing forward.
When the ears are aimed forwards like little radars, your horse is attentive. Your horse is ready to work, or it may have spotted something that it wants to know more about.
3. Ears are back.
Your horse may be anxious or afraid if its ears are pointed backwards. You’ll notice ears in this position when a horse is spooked.
4. Ears pinned back and down.
When the ears are pinned back and against the head, your horse is in an aggressive mood. Horses like this are dangerous, and they’re trying to tell you that they’re ready to confront anyone that opposes them.
5. Snaking the head.
If your horse lowers its head and swings it side to side, they’re trying to intimidate something or someone else. This should be considered a warning flag; it may turn into more overt aggressive behaviour.
Horses sometimes lift a hoof and stomp it back into the ground. This indicated that the horse is irritated. The degree of irritation can by more difficult to know, sometimes a horse will stomp because is it being annoyed by a fly. Keep watch and make sure the behaviour doesn’t escalate.
7. Teeth clacking.
Submissive horse will push their heads forwards and click there teeth. This happens most often in foals, who are weaker than other horses and often try to avoid confrontation. The signal means that the horse doesn’t want a confrontation and is willing to accept the other horse’s leadership.
8. Flaring nostrils.
Horse flare their nostrils to breathe in more oxygen. It keeps them alert and allows them to be more responsive to situations. You’ll see this when your horse is being exercised, but you may also see it when the horse is being particularly attentive or thinks there may be a threat nearby.
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The Incredible Work of Hasan Novrozi
Hasan Novrozi is an Iranian sculptor who uses left-over mechanic scraps to create astoundingly beautiful and complex works of art.
Pieces like the famous Pegasus statue take thousands of hours of work, piecing together metal with a welding painstakingly.
Take a look at some photos of the astounding detail of these artworks, or visit Hasan’s facebook page.
To get some ideas & inspiration for your next equestrian build, take a look at our previous builds.
Fitting A Horse Arena Into An Existing Garden
We pride ourselves in making sturdy, reliable structures that will match all of your needs and your expectations. We often build structures in areas that are already very beautiful spaces and part of what we do it working out the best way to make our structure fit in.
We visited a client recently to check up on their riding arena. The beautiful plants and greenery were already there when we installed this project. We planned around them and tried to install the building in a way that made use of them.
It came out fantastically, and the building and plants look like they had always been planned together. It’s always a pleasure to see a building look as great as this.