Horses are “helping over civilized people reconnect with the wisdom and rhythms of the world.” Linda Kohanov, Riding Between the World.
The over civilized state of being is the world many of us live in. Not only with horses but in our everyday lives. This disconnect puts more value on our
rational thinking and learned mental patterns causing us to override our hearts. Leaving us searching and lost in a world of thoughts and trying to
figuring things out. The mind that is full of chatter is a place horses run from. The natural vibration of horses reside in a more alpha state of being.
Horses have a less verbal more telepathic or sensory way of being. These beautifully sensitive animals can teach us to sense with our whole bodies.
This path can teach you to hear from a deeper place within, where you are not as addicted to the technique, but feel the fluidness of the dance. Horses
want us to become more empathic and responsive in the moment. It’s not that we throw out all that we have learned about the technique of riding. We
learn to simultaneously sense the horse, its emotional, mental and spiritual state along with feeling our own bodies. We feel with the horse, in a
sense become the horse. The ability to reconnect and sense our own bodies connects us to our emotions, instincts and intuition. It is in this place
of connection with ourself, our original nature, that give us the key to open up and unlock the nature of the horse.
A solid connection to our body and our instincts should be one of the first things we address before we even think about being with horses. Many problems
with horses arise because we don’t even know what we are feeling and we unconsciously program or project our issue on to our horses(animals, children
etc.). One exercise I found helpful is to spend some time just being with your horse. Sit and sense into your own body. Scan your body. What are you
feeling? Is there any frustration, anxiety, joy, excitement? Another question to sense into is “are these my emotions or the horses”? Emotions are
contagious! The horse will only magnify and act out what is unconscious in you. The horse is wired to feel into their environment, so make sure you
know what you are putting out. This exercise will help you in connecting to your body. Emotions are the gateway to our body and also the language of
animals. The difference between a rider and the art of riding is based on clarity of self, this self awareness is the first step.