Learn More About Yourself With This Incredible Creature

Which incredible creature you may ask? A horse, of course! Someone once said, “There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have the most of it.” Horses are the most amazing and the most sensitive of all creatures.

You may have seen Hollywood blockbusters, “Horse Whisperer” or “Seabiscuit,” where the characters in each story learned more about themselves through their relationship with a horse than from other people. My husband, Victor and I had the incredible opportunity to experience equine therapy first hand while we were at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Australia a few weeks ago. Equine therapy is based on the “7-38-55” rule of communication. 7% of what you communicate is the words you say, 38% is how you say those words and 55% is body language. Equine therapy helps you to understand the energy in which you communicate through your body language. I’d like to share my equine therapy experience with you.

Victor and I approached the corral where our horse, Stevie, was patiently waiting for the equine therapist to complete an assessment on another client. As we walked past Stevie, I made eye contact with him. I could tell we connected immediately. You may own a dog, as I do, and you may have experienced an incredible dog connection as I have, but I discovered a powerful connection with this horse.

Next, our equine therapist effortlessly showed us all the moves we were going to learn. Victor went first and had Stevie obeying every command. He’s a natural!

Then it was my turn. I have to tell you, I’m not a “horse” person. I’ve ridden a horse only twice in my life. I didn’t know what to expect.

First, the therapist taught me how to connect with Stevie. He followed my body language so that he lined up with me and moved forward/ back on command. Next, I tethered Stevie with a rope as I as we walked around the corral’s perimeter. I made certain that he did not walk faster or slower than myself. Similar to a mother and colt, I used the rope to gently guide his alignment with me. Then we removed the tether as he walked next to me. For the grand finale, I stood in the middle of the corral and commanded Stevie with my body language. As I raised my arm, Stevie trotted faster around the corral. When I lowered my arm, Stevie slowed down. Then the therapist asked me to raise or lower my energy with my breath. What a concept! Stevie obeyed every command, flawlessly.

The therapist explained how each move helped me to improve my communication effectiveness. This was a whole new experience for me to increase or decrease my energy with my breath. What a powerful tool. You don’t have to travel to Australia or even Montana to experience equine therapy. There are programs with a menu of options right here in Maryland. Enjoy the power of learning more about yourself from horses.

P.S. Stevie also communicated incredible body language to me: he’d lick his lips to show his pleasure, he bowed his head in submission and the best part was when we finished the session, Stevie walked up to me and kissed me on the head!

You Go Girl! Lynne Brick, RN

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Thought for the day: (Quote): “The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.” – Sharon Rolls Lemon