Cues are signals that tell us some ‘thing’ is going to happen.
Cues can predict things that are good or bad.
Understanding cues is important for carers of horses.
Humans might not observe cues that are highly visible to a horse.
Cues build a language between us that can be clearly understood by both parties or by one party alone.
Signals given to us by horses can easily be misinterpreted. Confused horses become fearful and will be unable to learn.
Teaching and learning mutually understood cues in a calm situation is ideal; later we can ‘proof’ cues in different settings.
Breaking it down
Our horse interactions are full of cues that are not always understood, or even noticed, by us but are clearly evident to our horses. Training cues provides a simple system of two way communication which can lead to much more complex interactions.