Horses are born dancing; theirs is an intricate language of touch, movement, and sensual perception. Horses, like us, are playful and social, but unlike us, are utterly present, not distracted by the past or the future. As prey animals living in herds, they are masterful decoders of the signals of their environment. With this hyperspecific attunement to their environment, and because they perceive humans as predators, horses can discern in us layers of feeling and expression that we may not even be aware of. If you are afraid and acting "brave" they will know it and respond to your fear. If you are angry and pretending to be "cool" they will sense the danger and be alert and ready to flee.
Dancing with horses is a calculated risk. They are big, fast, and, to the untrained eye, unpredictable. To be with horses, we need to learn how to become a part of their herd. The first part of that is learning to listen, to wait, and to observe. Horses demand that we pay attention. We are entering their world, after all, and they are the teachers.