Most people who spend time with horses have figured out a decent amount of skills needed to get along with them. In fact, I have met very few people who didn't learn horsemanship from someone else at some point; be it Pony Club or Grandpa's farm. So, why would you want to take the time to learn Horse Speak? What value is there in understanding a horse's own language? That is a very good question! I suppose it is like going to a foreign country; do you learn a few simple words to try to get by, or do you learn more about the language so you can really get to know the people while you are there? Isn't it true that if you can speak the language, the conversations might get more interesting, and you may feel like you get more out of the relationships you are developing?
Add Value to your Horse Experience
It is my belief that teaching is part of learning, and I learn something new every time I work with people and their horses. At the end of the day, I believe that my contribution to the world is to simply add value to people's experience. Most of us feel stressed, pressured for time and far too often are responding to the inner critic, and judging every other thing we do. Forget what other's say about us, we can be pretty tough on ourselves. How, exactly, are you going to ensure you horse is happy if you are not? if you are always one down as a rider, always feeling bad about your seat, or doubtful about your groundwork, then you may be missing your horse's conversations with you because you are a million miles away inside your own head. Learning to talk in their language to them facilitates being here, now, being calm and focused and receiving instant feedback from them that is very rewarding.
I believe it is a daisy chain of positive feelings and interactions that make the difference, after all.