I talk a lot about “being in the moment” with horses, but I have not said much about something I’ve been noticing with my own horses over the years – precognition.
Horses know when things are going to happen. This is not to suggest that horses can predict the future, but they can know of impending dangers or events in the very near future. Perhaps this occurs in the horse world about the way it does in the human world, where not every horse is keyed in to this knowledge. I’d be interested to know what people think, those who are around horses on a daily basis and who have had them in their lives for a long time.
Horses can make their presences known to people through images and also just a sense of just being there, in a room with you, or occupying your head. I had been involved with horses for many years before this became clear to me. I think it required a certain openness on my part that wasn’t there in the beginning.
Like with all things, it takes time to develop. I expect some people also might be born with this ability – or clear pathway, it might be called, because it’s not an ability quite like knowing or learning fluent French.
The clear pathway, and the patience to listen to what might be coming my way from the horse, has begun to grow in me. In this way, horses can teach me more than I can ever learn from books.
Here is an example: my horses looked forward to my friend and colleague Ruella Yates’s visit. It became clear that my mare Zuzka wanted Ruella to visit with her first. But Zuzka made sure she took up the lion’s share of Ruella’s time.
Zuzka is generally a very aloof mare, and has never been particularly friendly with guests. She has become friendlier in the years I’ve had her but she is still not the one who comes over to the fence first. She maintains relationships with very few humans. I think it’s because she spent her early years before she came to me on a big ranch with many horses, and with very little human contact.
In the past two years I have noticed that Zuzka will pick out particular guests she wants to interact with. Then she makes herself very available to them when they come, confirming what I sense from her.
In the same way Zuzka picks up some sort of vibrations about who she wants to interact with, horses know when things are going to change for them. They will know when their owner is considering selling them, for instance. Years ago, when I was considering selling my gelding, he became ill so that he was not saleable. I spent the next year working on restoring him to health. By the time he was well, I realized he wasn’t going anywhere.
Jazzmine used to hide when people would come to look specifically at her as a potential purchase. When I came to look at her, she came right up to me and wanted to be seen and interact with me.
What do horses know about us that we don’t know about ourselves? Do they really know sometimes if someone might be better for them than someone else?
Horse people have stories of how horses know things. I love hearing them. Horses also feel things through the ground. When a horse shies at something that we can’t see, very often we laugh and say he’s spooking at monsters or at nothing. But that “nothing” can be a message he received through the air, the ground, the trees. Or, the awareness of an animal that we don’t know of.
Once I was riding alone in an arroyo on my mare Opal. She suddenly began to jig and snort. I could see nothing, but I knew whatever it was was really troubling to her. We rode on a little ways and then on the edge embankment of the arroyo, behind some junipers, I saw a bear! Opal’s anxiety heightened (in response to mine but also in response to the sight of the bear!) but I urged her on, not wanting to be left in the sand as lunch. The bear shuffled away in the opposite direction, away from the arroyo, and we kept on going. Opal knew about that bear long before I did – felt his footfalls, smelled his distinctive scent. So perhaps it is not a precognition, but heightened senses that brought her that information and the warning to be cautious.
People have to make some tough decisions surrounding finances, so sometimes listening to horses can feel at cross-purposes with real life.
If we make room in our lives for the voices of horses, then hopefully horse and human – with their intuition and intellect – can bring their individual strengths to the relationship. This helps the horse to come halfway – or even further – in their understanding of what the human may need from them, closing the communication gap between species.
(copyright: Susan Smith, OrthoHorse)
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January 27-March 4 or 18, 2015 – Horses at Liberty Online Advanced will continue the instruction for those students who have taken an introductory online or in-person clinic from me.
The work builds on what has been taught in the introductory course with refining movements, body language, knowing what and when to ask for change, celebrating the horse’s gifts of engagement. Cost: $311
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All horses and humans, but specifically:
- Horses who have not responded to traditional natural horsesmanship
- Horses who have been frightened, abused and in other ways traumatized
- Horses who may be aggressive or too passive in their herd situations
- Horses who have problems with humans
- All humans who may be puzzled about relationship with horses and want to deepen their connection.
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