lonely and looking for a herd he knows or any horse that is
willing to be a herd with him.
How to Respond: He’s feeling insecure, so don’t punish
him. It’s common for horse handlers to feel embarrassed or
frustrated when their horses are whinnying constantly. Resist
your frustration and calmly ask the horse to work. Here’s how:
1) In the moment that your horse is whinnying, put him to
work, so he has something to focus on. Keep his mind engaged in a positive
way. Don’t be harsh or rushed, but provide direction.
2) Ask your horse to turn right, turn left, back up. Provide kind and constant direction until he focuses his attention on you. Once he relaxes, allow
him to rest. If he whinnies again, repeat.
3) If you can get your horse to feel the same sense of comfort he feels
with the herd, then he won’t feel alone anymore. As you build your relationship over time, the horse will feel safe and no longer need to whinny when
he is with you.
nick•er; /nik r/
a soft, low, breathy whinny.
What it is: The soft purring
sound your horse makes implies
“Come to me.” It can also mean
“Look at me” when a stallion is
showing off to a mare.
What it Means: It’s most pur-
poseful between a mare and foal;
if the foal wanders off, the mare
will nicker to the youngster to
call him back. It’s also the sound
you hear each day at feeding time
which translates to “Come bring
me the food.” H E I D I M
A nicker means
“come to me” and
is most purposeful
bet ween a mare