Exaggerate and reduce

Often, when we work our horses from the ground we exaggerate our body language, straighten up or move our arms more than we'd have to. In the beginning this is important as it helps our horses to read us - they know body language for sure, but they often don't know that we actually use it to communicate with them, as they often have to face contradictory signals on our part and have learned to ignore it. 
Once you have that understanding of the horse it is important to stop exaggerating. If we don't we keep on screaming at the horse with our bodies. That's far from the subtle communication we are seeking. Your raised arm will turn into a raised finger, just breathing in will tell the horse that you are up to something and he'd better listen. Horses are way more sensitive than we think they are. 
I've recently watched a dvd by Buck Brannaman who works his horses on a light lead rope. He does not close his hands around it, the rope just sits in his open palm, and his horses willingly follow this light feel. He wants the tiniest clue to mean something to the horse. It opened my eyes to what subtle communication ground work can lead. There is always a way to get better even if we think that we are already quite skilled. The quest will pay off - for us and for our horses.

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