If horses hold an immediate, inexplicable allure for you, you’re one of the lucky ones! Turns out, being a little horse-crazy comes with a huge benefit: Horses are the training wheels for developing empathy, trust and communication. Horses have no egos and have a way of rewarding us when we keep our own egos in check—paying close attention, regulating our energy, staying patient and reserving judgment. We can create heart-based connections with horses based on mutual trust and respect, and treating each horse as an individual.
Just like humans, horses can show up in our lives with fears and emotional baggage from past experiences. While humans mix the past with the present and project what might happen into the future, horses don’t. They have long memories, but they stay in the present. They can immediately discern energy levels, intention and congruence within each new encounter. To be on the receiving end of a horse’s prey animal senses while creating a relationship with one, is a lesson in honesty, congruency and integrity if we just notice. As soon as we do, horses help us recognize when our egos are not even serving our own desires.
With a horse’s egoless, pure-in-each-moment form of biofeedback, we are able to learn how to skip the judgment phase when things don’t go as planned. Other options: We can chill, go more slowly, go back to what worked last, get creative, or just try something new. When we prioritize the relationship, we learn to let go and move on knowing if we don’t, we’ll get to face the same choices the next time. Horses have a lot of patience for our blunders. Mastering empathy, trust and communication isn’t for the faint of heart and they sense when we’re trying.
I’m so happy more and more people are recognizing horses for what they teach us. We can eliminate the term “unwanted” because of all the teaching gifts horses offer us whether on the ground or being ridden. Let’s connect more people with more horses in more ways. Do you have ideas for doing that? Please post in the comments below to inspire us all!Pin It