The Horse’s Responses to Touch
The key to the amount of pressure (or non-pressure) you use is that it remains underneath the horse’s ability to brace against it. How do you know if the horse is bracing? By his responses – visual and palpable
Subtle Responses tell us that the horse is feeling something, but is not yet bracing against it; blinking, lip twitching, change in breathing.
Medium Responses tell us the horse is relaxing (not bracing) and releasing some tension; dropping the head, licking and chewing, shifting weight, snorting or sneezing.