Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I had the most amazing experience with my new horse, Danzig, recently. In fact, it was so mind-blowing that I hardly know where to start.
I could start by telling you that that I bought Danzig, an 11 year old OTTB, a mere two weeks ago to be my new field hunter, and that it was love at first sight. But most of you already know that, as I have been barley able to speak without inserting Danzig into the conversation one way or another.
Or I could begin by telling you about the Animal Communication Workshop I took in June with Amelia Kinkade, and what a life-transforming event it was. To have the opportunity to be with 40 or so like-minded folks, all of us there to hone our animal communications skills, and work with such a gifted and talented teacher was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the skills that we worked on was doing body scans on animals, “inserting” ourselves into the animal to allow us to see what they see, feel what they feel. It was transformative.
I could also get the discussing rolling by asking you to relate some of your own successes in inter-species communication—and whether you are aware of these successes or not, I’d be willing to bet the family farm that you have had just such an interaction with an animal, one where you knew what the animal was thinking and feeling, without knowing how you came by such knowledge.
Here’s what happened. We had just finished a lovely hack, with Danzig being his usual curious, enthusiastic self (“Let’s go here! What’s over there? What’s around the next bend?”) and were returning home. We got to the pasture where I keep my sheep, and that’s when it happened. Danzig stood there, riveted by the sights and sounds of the sheep, and suddenly, without me quite knowing how it happened, I was seeing the scene through his eyes, smelling what he smelled, FEELING what he was FEELING. It was incredible—I was no longer in my body, I had become part of him, and could fully understand things from his perspective. For Danzig, the sheep seemed to be magically appearing, as he couldn’t see the barn door from where they were emerging. And the noises they were making! The funny way they moved! The shape of them! And then, just as suddenly, without me knowing the connection had been “broken”, I was back in my own body, and able to verbalize to him what the sheep were, what they were like, what their jobs are (although we were communicating non-verbally the entire time).
I’ve said it many times before, we all have the ability to communicate with our animals, it’s a matter of being willing to take the time to practice, like you would any other skill you are trying to perfect. I’ve never had an experience quite like this one, but I’m confident that it will happen again. And I can’t wait for the next time!
Here’s wishing for many connected moments for you and your horses.
Posted by Judith Falk, ESMP at 8:26 AM