OCTOBER 2, 2015
Rare is the person that isn’t moved by the majesty that is the horse. I could fill the rest of this article with pictures of flowing manes and soft muzzles and half of the readers would be in rapture. It is in our nature to love horses. I believe we innately recognize their magic. Depak Chopra says, "Love is the experiential knowledge of Unity." This is the kind of love that horses can reveal to us.
Horses are masters of body language and great teachers if you want to become fluent in equine speak. A lot of the initial language development occurs on the ground. You progress through a series of ground skills that build your ABCs of communication until you are conversing in wonderful sentences. You start with big motions and then refine to small cues as you develop together. My friends are amazed that Willow will back up 20 feet if I just focus my energy on the center of her chest. For her, my communication is so clear, I could have been screaming. But my friends don’t even see me flicker. As for me, I am honored that she would be willing to back up, just because I asked.
Possibly the most fascinating facet of horses is what they can teach us about leadership. An equine therapist shared an interesting story. She had her client in a stall with one of her horses. The woman’s only job was to “stand her ground.” She was just supposed to “be” with the mare. Slowly the horse started nuzzling the gal tenderly and then nudging her backwards. Much to the clients surprise, within 15 minutes the horse had moved her backwards over the entire stall. She burst into tears as she realized that because the horse had asked nicely, she had let the mare push her wherever she wanted. She realized that was exactly where she was having trouble “standing her ground” in her personal relationships. If the other person was nice to her, she was basically their doormat. Such an exquisite lesson, from such a gentle instructor.