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Being a voice for your horse

During my training, one of the greatest gifts I discovered was that I could act as voice for the horses and ponies I was working with. This acts beyond communication; it is a way for horses to express and release the negative actions they have witnessed or felt and to truly be able to find healing for the wrongs they have suffered.

I am always hungry for information and once I realised that #equinecommunication was going to be an essential part of my healing practice, I began to read as many books as I could on the subject. One book was gifted by a lovely friend and it was pivotal in my understanding of how I could be a voice for each horse. The really annoying part is that the book has mysteriously disappeared from my house and I can't for the life of me remember the title or the author to be able to share it with you! I can vividly remember the cover - a white horse and rider in a field of yellow rape flowers.... anyway, one day I will discover it again and be able to share.


Words as a healing tool

The important message contained in this book is, if we can feel something within a horse, it needs to be expressed out into the open in the form of words. A horse can communicate everything it needs to through tiny body language signals – the flick of tail, the combination of ears and eyes and head position – only we,as non-equines, even with experience ad practice can only pick up half of what they are telling us. We, on the other hand, have the gift of words. We can use our voice to express what we think and how we feel and it this communication form that seems to act as a conduit for healing our horses.

We have the gift of words. We can use our voice to express what we think and how we feel and it is this communication form that seems to act as a conduit for healing our horses

This is where equine communication can help. My friends always joke that I'm like Doctor Doolittle, I talk to the animals and I think a lot of people mistakenly think we are actually having a conversation as a human would. Unfortunately it's not quite as simple as that. Once you have tuned into a horse's energy and they trust you enough to open up, they can begin to transmit information. Depending on your gift, you might see or feel these as images – like an old memory playing in the back of your head, it conveys fleeting stills and impressions of emotions – and it's my job to trust that this is real and be able to communicate what I am seeing and feeling.


Forget the ego

I have to put my ego out of the way when this is happening. My role is to be here and present for the horse. This might be their only chance to enlighten their guardian to what they need or to let me know what needs to be said in order for them to receive healing. As soon as you start to question yourself or what you are receiving, your human ego starts to intervene and will block or distort what is being communicated.


This might be their only chance to enlighten their guardian to what they need or to let me know what needs to be said in order for them to receive healing.

George as my mentor

George is one of the case studies on my website. He is truly a remarkable horse. He is an unbelievable horse of 35 years-young. If you looked at his head and energy, you'd think he was in his prime still – only when your eyes fall on his spine do you begin to suspect he might be a little older. I'd just finished the book that shall remain titleless and the information about being a voice for a horse was fresh in mind. My first healing with George was a routine spring clean of his energy, clearing the biggest issues in his chakras and getting his energy to flow as freely as possible. George is extremely healthy with very little wear and tear for his age; he had suffered a nasty fall a few years back and needed some help to balance his energy around that and was also struggling a little with his teeth, finding it difficult to keep weight on and to keep warm. However on my second visit George, really opened up his energy to me and began to share.

The reaction in him was astounding – it felt like his whole nervous and muscular system relaxed and in that moment of understanding he let go of a lifetime of angst

Usually extremely headshy, the focus of the healing was around George's head and nose. As I was working on his nasal bone, George showed me images of a X-style (flash) noseband that was used on him when he was young and how allowed me to feel how tight and uncomfortable it had been. He had felt restricted and frightened; I saw images of the whites of his eyes showing and him holding his head as hight as he could in fear but also to get away from an aggressive man. This man was being very unkind and forceful with his handling. Now George is a very kind and very sensitive horse and this behaviour was totally unacceptable and unfathomable to him. Remembering my recent reading, I felt strongly that I had to speak out loud for George because his feelings were trapped inside him and his energy field, so I quietly said for him, “No human should ever treat a horse like that, I'm sorry.” And in that one simple statement, George's healing was complete. The reaction in him was astounding – it felt like his whole nervous and muscular system relaxed and in that moment of understanding he let go of a lifetime of angst. It was a very moving and humbling moment for me to witness. Once we had finished the session, George, very uncharacteristically stayed in his stable – usually he would straight back to his field mate and was still there processing his healing even after we’d been back to the house for a cup of tea.


The wonderful George, my equine communication mentor

Since George, I have had the privilege to be a voice for many horses and I will continue to express the injustice and wrongs and misunderstandings on their behalf. I still can't quite understand how a horse owner can ever see them a commodity and not as the sensitive, intuitive, all-knowing beings that I have the privilege to work with every day. As far as I am concerned we are the 'animals' in any relationship where abuse of power happens – yes, we need to be the better horse in the relationship (to borrow Chris Irwin's phrase) so that we can lead our herd but everything has to be based on mutual respect and love and the coming together of two separate energies in order to create something wonderful.

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