When you touch a horse with focus and purpose to create better performance, I would say that your are engaging in a practice commonly referred to as “natural horsemanship” or “equine communication.” This approach emphasizes building a strong bond and understanding between the horse and the handler/rider through a new type of mind set that develops deeper trust and respect. Here’s what I believe unfolds when you introduce a new aspect of “training” that requires absolutely nothing from your steed other to be present to receiving something and requiring absolutely nothing of them in return. Now that is is a completely different paradigm. Did you ever hear the expression, There’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse,” I think almost all of us get it! I believe it might havre been Winston Churchill but it also sounds a bit Mark Twain like! Everyone knows though that it is absolutely true!
The first step is to establish a connection with the horse. All hearts have a magnetic field. According to a study by Hearth Math Institute, a human heart puts out an energy field up to eight to ten feet, as measured by a magnetometer. A horse’s electromagnetic field, however, is stronger and five times larger, creating a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you and can directly influence your heart rhythm and emotions. How could is that!That’s one of the reasons why we love being around them.
Within seconds of touching a horse, his or her heart will project an energy field. If your field is imbued with love, the horse will know that this predator (you) isn’t going to eat him or at least ask nothing of him at the moment, and begins to relax into the field that you are projecting, one of care and concern. I know there are those of you out there that thinks this is all bullshit or horseshit more appropriately. My guess is you are like a frog croaking majestically in your little pond, totally unaware of the whale swimming in the sea! This isn’t for you right now in your incarnation.No worries.
When I first connect, I like to use Linda Tellington Jones’ approach of light circles near their vertebrae, just like what we taught at the Cayce-Reilly school of massage for two legged types. I don’t need to go into the anatomy, just do it because it relaxes them and opens the lines of communicationI promise you it will work. Now you aren’t asking anything of them, just bringing some gifts! Just focus on your intentions. Horse are tuned into body language, just tell you are here to give them something special for everything they have done for you. Pay attention to their reactions. When they have had enough they will let you know. . treat the horse with respect.
Building trust and respect is the core of this approach. Treat the horse with kindness, patience and most importantly consistency…do it often!!If she shows signs of discomfort or stress adjust your speed and depth. Everyone of them has a different personality don’t treat them as a one thing! Tune into them constantly with your heart connection. Take breaks from the touch, breath, and reconnect to their hearts with a smile from your heart, be like the Buddha! THEY GET IT!!Always prioritize the horse’s well-being and ensure that your interactions are safe and respectful. And watch how over time everything begins to change between you both everything!