"When we acquired a 16 year old "Tobiano" Paint gelding who is powerful yet gentle, I decided to get a better feel for communication between horse and rider as part of my skills development. While my
interactions were limited to brushing and stroking him before any lunging exercise in the round pen, I felt that there must be ways to improve our interaction. It had always impressed me how my wife seemed to communicate when riding her horse using gentle
touch and unspoken requests for a certain gait, direction and control.
One day, I learned that a woman who had recently arrived in the area used HeartMath to communicate with her
two horses and even allowed them to heal any personal issues in a way that benefited both the animal and human. I scheduled a morning session at her facility and experienced an amazing new level of interaction between man and horse. Paying attention to body
language in response to touch was part of this, and I now know the meaning of subtle expressions such as a blinking of the eyes and even a yawn which can confirm particular issues such as tension and curiosity.
How neat to improve our interaction with a horse and experience his kindness and support that we need before even mounting! If you believe in alternative ways to become a better rider or even loading a horse in a new trailer, I
recommend scheduling a session with Denice. She will show you how to communicate your desires to your animals even a day before a ride or at a distance. You will be glad you did!" Jeff Stuyt, Salida, Colorado
According to a study and dissertation done by Peggy Delgadillo 2011 with Saybrook University, also a teache,r worked with at risk teens. Here is a list of the transformation
she noticed in these teens in working with Heart Coherence and the Horse:
* Compassion for people and animals
* More Openness to people and possibilities
* More Focus
* Connection to nature
* More sensitivity
* More peaceful or relaxed
* Success in school
* More self confidence
* Better relationships with people
* Less interest in
antisocial or illegal behavior
* More joy in life
* More motivation to work toward future goals & group challenges
I have grown to realize when in the company of the horse I feel an opening of my heart and soul by cultivating a relationship of empathy and harmony furthering my curious walk between the seen and unseen worlds that which
the horse has equal footing.
The Spanish breeders of horses believe that the horse is a gift from God to help humanity to see the light
and the truth, that which I have found first hand to be true.
Being in the company of the horse is like being in the presence of the Divine, up close and personal. Horses have been seen as messengers and
in many shamanic cultures it is the horse or deer that carries the seeker to the other worlds and to the Divine. They teach us how to live in harmony and gentleness, something that can carry over to all of nature if one is truly seeking the Divine.
Because the horse is a prey animal, they have highly attuned abilities.
They can hear your heartbeat and know
when someone is in a high state of emotion. They are acutely aware of any subtle body changes or muscle tension. They know if we are putting on a façade and are in a state of non-congruence. They will mirror back to us what they are perceiving from
us. I remember an interview I did with Margrit Coates about the many horse healing books she wrote. She told me about a horse that was acting out because of the turbulence going on between its owner and partner at home. Which made me take pause and reassess
what was going on in my home and how it was affecting my horses. The mare I own know, Ciara, came to me greatly abused. It took me some time to win her over and today she knows when my husband is in a bad mood and taking it out on me, because she will put
her ears back at him when he goes out to see her. Even if he is smiling and talking sweet, she will still do this. She knows he is acting in a non-congruent manner and not in heart coherence. They know what your inner most intentions truly are before you even
get the halter on. They have learned to rely on their heart and know it’s the heart that warns the brain of impending danger. Yes, it’s the heart that knows before the brain what is up ahead.
When allowed to interact in a natural state unheeded by the control of man, horses naturally carry feminine attributes. They want to belong, so they are naturally cooperative.
They are part of myth and magic and help us to believe in all possibilities, and to think outside the proverbial box.
Linda Kohanov writes in her books that horses are in a state of evolving and demonstrating advanced emotional, energetic and spiritual characteristic as they are given opportunities outside their traditional roles as beasts burden and objects
of ego gratification.
This I too have come to realize first hand. And in reflection on my past horses, those I thought I was rescuing, each on was the catalyst to where my beliefs are today. Each
one was a rung of that ladder expanding my level of consciousness higher and higher. Each horse brought a different lesson leading me closer to where I am today. They say once you are awake you can never go back to sleep.
If all they did was to teach us to love our selves and to give and receive love then it would transform this world into the world we all have been dreaming about.