My client asked me the question I’ve heard several times a day for the past 15 years:
“So, can you figure out what’s bothering my horse?” And then went on to add,” He usually doesn’t go like this, and I just feel something is wrong. The vet hasn’t been able to put a finger on it diagnostically so we are hoping you can help.”
I have become used to my role as a last-ditch effort for people to solve a horse mystery like lameness, poor performance or general malaise. Most people are initially uncomfortable calling an animal communicator, but lack of response using traditional methods warrants a different approach to the problem. New clients often have reservations about calling a psychic or animal communicator and may feel foolish. I am not offended; rather, I admire they are being open-minded and willing to step into unknown territory to make their equine friend more comfortable.
The best way for me to start each session is to ask the horse, “Is anything bothering you?” Like people, some are stoic in their discomfort while others are chatty. Conversation with a horse entails a willingness on my part to employ all 6 of my senses. Horses express themselves by sending pictures along with emotions so these ideas pop into my head, or sensations move through my body. They always tell the truth, and their perspective is often startlingly accurate.
They often force their human handlers to expand their perception and listen carefully to the nuances of their relationship with us. They want fairness, honesty, and kindness. If we are inadvertently letting them down, they explain why it’s important and how it will help them succeed in their jobs. For instance, we may be impressed with a new saddle purchased just for that horse, but it may be uncomfortable in some way that defies logic. Like us, their athletic wear can help or hinder depending upon old injuries, conformation issues, or how it balances our weight across their spine. All too frequently, the rider has thought they were being conscientious with the purchase, while the horse views the saddle as an instrument of torture.
The response to this unfairness is based on individual personality, which may be a surprise to us. They demonstrate their dissatisfaction to get us to see the problem. Unfortunately, such declarations are often a blindside to us because we don’t know we’ve been unfair. This is often typical of our human rationality; we try our best but possibly applying the wrong solution to the problem.
To me, this is the reason for my work. As a species, we seem to be expanding. We apply deductive reasoning easily, but how do we solve a problem that seems to defy rational thought?
Show me a good rider, trainer, vet, massage therapist, groom, farrier, and you’ll see they are blessed with intuition. They somehow dig deep and “know” how to bring forth the best from the horse. In other words, they use their intuition to know which rule of science will bring the best results. And sometimes, they disregard what should be truly based upon past success and venture into doing what their gut tells them to do.
Horse people put themselves into the constant challenge of finding this intuition, this “feel”. Horses will accept no less; they don’t go well for someone who lacks it, though they may be applying the appropriate aid. Depending upon their personality, they will submit, resist, but for the rider who understands these phenomena, they will perform.
Competitive equine sports are at an all-time high and require the rider to have this “feel” to be successful. As horsemen, we are rewarded for applying our sixth sense and, like a muscle, it becomes stronger. There is magic in that and it explains why we all crave it. This magical union of two species makes the sum much greater than the whole. I find it humbling and am eternally grateful to the horses and their people who have forced my expansion.