What is your horse telling you? As in this case, sometimes animal communication is the best way to reassure a horse experiencing emotional upheaval.
“I’m here because I’m concerned about my Remsky,” said Karen, one of my clinic participants. “We have spent years together, but in the past seven months his behavior is beyond recognition.”
As soon as she told me this, I knew that what had started out as an ordinary Natural Horsemanship clinic was going to change. Karen explained that Remsky could no longer leave the pasture without getting extremely upset. His entire body would shake, he could no longer be tied, and he would pull back as though he had just seen a ghost. All the fun and excitement of years of trail riding and parades seemed to be over, and no one understood why. All Karen knew was that Remsky did not want to leave his pasture – ever!
I asked her what had happened seven months ago. Karen thought back to when the changes appeared, and the penny dropped. As tears welled up in her eyes, she told me that Black, Remsky’s friend in the herd, had died seven months previously.
At this point we decided that an animal communication consultation, rather than a Natural Horsemanship clinic, would be the best way to approach Remsky’s situation and hopefully implement some kind of resolution.
Later that day, I met Remsky briefly and saw exactly what Karen had described. His whole body trembled with fear as he approached a rubber mat that, prior to seven months ago, had caused him no worries for over a decade. His eye was rolling, showing the white of fear, as he frantically pulled back from the rack.
I decided it would be best to talk to Remsky from my home once the clinic was over so I could dedicate the necessary time to him. The beautiful thing about animal communication is that you can connect to any animal either in their presence or from a distance – even if you are half a world away!
Talking with Remsky
My conversation with Remsky was, to say the least, extraordinary. There are several keys to animal communication and one is to leave out all preconceived ideas. It would have been easy to surmise that Remsky was grieving, but there was a lot more to the story, and I would have missed it had I started the conversation with assumptions and preconceived notions.
Remsky began by sharing that his friend had passed, and described Black in detail. Black was a lead horse, and before his death Remsky had promised he would take on the responsibility of the herd, a job he had never done before. Their remaining time together passed quickly and before Remsky realized it, he was in charge.
He was so concerned about doing his new job well that he had decided the best way to succeed was to never leave the pasture. How would he be able to ensure everyone’s well being if he was not there to oversee them? He did everything he could to stay in that pasture. He even began hiding behind a bush when Karen pulled up outside the paddock with the trailer! He would no longer come down to greet her, and would fret when away from home because he was so overwhelmed with duty.
Once I understood Remsky’s concerns I was able eliminate his fears and replace them with realistic expectations. My background as an Equine Specialist was a huge help as I explained each individual role within the herd and that Remsky, as leader, was not solely responsible for everyone’s safety at every moment. Through words, visions and emotions I was able to reassure Remsky that he and the herd were going to be okay. Remsky also asked me to tell Karen that the number 16 was very important.
Not long after our animal communication session, Karen called. She told me she knew I had spoken to Remsky because the very next time she drove up to the pasture he came down to greet her. He was his normal self again! She also told me that the number 16 was indeed important because it was the number of years they had been together.
I still hear from Karen once in awhile and Remsky continues to do well. They are back to riding and sharing a wonderful relationship again.
This story is particularly important to me because there was a time when I would have only considered desensitization techniques to help Remsky. I just didn’t know any different. Now, after discovering that animal communication goes far beyond body language, I can use energy work and inter-species animal communication to really help horses.
What is your horse telling you? Speaking to your animal companions for the first time is very exciting, and when you hear their voices and listen to their wisdom, your life will change forever.
Anna Twinney is a Natural Horsemanship Trainer, certified animal communicator and Reiki Master. She is unique in her field as she solely works in the horses’ own language. Anna became the only person ever to be entrusted with the title of Head Instructor at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in California. Exploring the “language of Equus” in its rawest form, Anna gentled mustangs for two years before becoming the founder of the Reach Out to Horses® program. Her expertise is sought worldwide as she conducts classes and clinics to educate people and horses on gentle communication techniques while showing them how to have a true trust-based relationship. Anna has been featured on TV nationally and internationally and writes for equine magazines. Her interest in the “language of Equus” has led her to focus increasingly on the power of animal communication to strengthen and dee pen our relationships with all species. www.reachouttohorses.com