A horse is a horse of course of course

And no one can talk to a horse of course.

That is of course unless the horse

Is the famous Mister Ed!

🎵 Who is singing along, nostalgic for the old 60s show Mister Ed?

I feel like Wilbur from the TV show sometimes, listening to my horses. Not literally of course, but through their body language. They teach me so much about communication and listening, because if you don’t listen to what they’re telling you they will make sure you do by, for example, giving you a nudge or simply walking away.

For something that we do day in day out, listening takes a surprising amount of practice, particularly active listening. Done well, it helps your emotional connection with others no end.

Ask yourself, do you pay attention to what someone is saying, or just wait for them to finish speaking so you can add your own comment?

Is listening a skill you can practice? I believe it absolutely is.