Horses communicate without words. They rarely make much noise at all, even when in danger. Compare the alarm call of a bird, or a dog, or a monkey, with a herd of horses which startles and sets to flight in silence. Making a noise alerts predators. So on the whole horses communicate silently, energetically, with each other. With us too, they tune into our energy as a way of knowing and understanding us.
When we step into the world of the horse, during equine assisted learning, and build relationship with them, we step into this non-verbal realm in which the horse responds to our emotional, energetic cues. Often these emotions are not in our conscious awareness, so habituated have we become to feeling them.
Thus very quickly the horse brings our full awareness, in the instant, to our own emotional experience in all its authenticity.
By witnessing the way in which horses respond to us we begin to learn about the energy which we create and emanate into the world, by our thoughts, beliefs and feelings. About how that energy affects others, ourselves and the outcomes of our actions.
Horses communicate without words, they invite us to do the same. By joining them in this inter-species conversation we are able to bypass the stories which we have built about ourselves and connect with our essential spirit.
Horses are great teachers but only if we allow them to be the teachers they naturally are.