Tomorrow, December 13th, celebrates the horse.
Let’s discuss the wisdom of the horse in various ways including some amazing exercises you can do.
Horses try to teach us when they have the opportunity. Perhaps it’s a nicker, a body lean, a gentle nudge or even a firmer push.
Why did they do that? What is the message they are trying to tell you? Sometimes you have to look deep to find the answer as it’s not always obvious.
Horses are full of wisdom and if you let them into your life and allow them to teach you, you will be amazed at the knowledge they have.
Horses have the ability to promote healing the body, mind and spirit, for instance:
- Through their grounding ability
- With the sacred exchange of breath
- Through the touch connection from the ground
- With the connection from sitting on their back
- Through the movement of the horse while riding them
- With the mind to mind connection
You have probably heard that horses are used in therapy in many ways:
- They can help on a physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social level. Horses can help physical conditions such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, addictions, brain injuries, and bodily injuries. Mentally and emotionally they can assist those with learning challenges, grief, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.
- There are many forms of equine therapy such as therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated learning, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, interactive vaulting and therapeutic driving.
Check out these great places featuring incredible heart and soul horses:
- United in Light is a great draft horse rescue in my town of Livingston, Montana with different programs. Visitors can experience the gentle giants. I have taught animal communication there to help raise funds and have donated to their silent auction and fundraiser. You can visit their site here http://www.draftrescue.com/programs.html
- Heroes and Horses is a non-profit organization in Belgrade, Montana that helps veterans in an extensive program by teaming them up with mustangs. It’s a one-of-a-kind program in the US. I have created gift baskets for their silent auction at their annual fundraiser. Visit their site and learn more about them through this incredible 52 minute movie https://www.heroesandhorses.org/500-miles
- Sunnyside Farms is a non-profit organization in Clyde Park, Montana that uses Norwegian Fjords to work with children, adults, seniors, veterans, etc. in a healing capacity. They do a great job explaining in detail about all of the above ways that horses can promote wellness with people on their website here https://sunnysidefjords.org/about-us/fjords-for-therapy/
- Chinook Horses is an organization in Billings, Montana that believes horses are amazing partners in healing and improving people’s lives. They offer equine- facilitated psychotherapy and equine-facilitated learning. Check out their website here https://chinookhorses.org/
You may have seen this touching video where a horse visits patients at a hospital https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4HEuLn6Bdg
You may have a place near you that offers equine therapy. If you aren’t aware of, do an internet search and you might be surprised at what you find.
If you’ve not had the opportunity to be around a horse, find someone that has one and ask if you can visit with their horse. If you have a horse or are used to being around horses, are you looking at them and experiencing them on this deep level?
Most horse owners or avid horse lovers have not considered the depths of what the horse can teach them. For to do this, you have to be willing to open your heart and soul and let it connect with the horse’s heart and soul.
Try these heart and soul exercises:
- First, connect your heart to the horse’s heart. Envision your heart connected to their heart. You may want to visualize a cord, ribbon or ray of light that connects your hearts. You might want to give this connection a color such as lavender or light blue. Some like to envision that they and the horse are in a big bubble or heart together. This can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.
You can connect energetically with a horse. Tap with your fingertips your thymus in the center of your chest, which is your heart chakra. Chakras are energy centers in the body. Tap your collarbone. Then rub your hands together. Open your palms and face them towards the horse. Let the horse sniff them if they want to. You can take the back of your hand and place it against their neck. The horse may move their head or body and place it against your hands where they desire. You can also place both palms on the horse, if they are open to that. Allow the horse to guide the moment. My daughter connecting with my horse, Tara.
- You can exchange sacred breath with a horse. Not all horses want to do this but many do. It’s important you are calm and grounded as most horses don’t want hyped up energy in a person’s body for this exercise. Let the horse know that you want to exchange sacred breath. You can do this silently or out loud.
Gently bring your nose to the nostril of the horse’s nose. See if they will let you place your nose inside of theirs, or they may put their nose up to yours. When ready, slowly breathe out and they will take in your breath. Then they will breathe out and you will breathe in their breath. Keep repeating this gentle exchange of sacred breath. This may only last a few seconds or could be a minute or more. Let the horse guide the experience. Never force them to do this. Some horses want you to do just one nostril. Others will want you to do both. It’s quite powerful. Even a child can do this!
- You can connect your root chakra with the horse. It’s not possible for every horse to be sat on but if you can do this, it can be a unique experience. When you sit on the horse’s back, you are connecting your root chakra with their heart chakra. Close your eyes and visualize this connection. You might want to use the imagery from the first suggestion to enhance your experience.
- You can connect and experience horse wisdom. For the best results, you should do this only after you have done the heart to heart connection first. And even better, try to do the other exercises, too. Get comfortable whether that is sitting on the ground or in a chair. You want to be relaxed. Close your eyes. Tell the horse out loud that you want it to share with you. You can ask it a question you are interested in getting answered. You can share thoughts with it. Whatever is on your mind. Now They may share with you in words, an image, an emotion, a sensation, or simply just knowing. Be open to receiving. Know that the horse does not need to be in front of you. Most of the time, it’s better to just use a photo of a horse or to think about the horse in your mind. It’s possible you may find you do best with the horse in front of you, perhaps even touching the horse while you are speaking with it. You can learn to receive more information from the horse and other animals in an animal communication class.
So, seek this deeper connection with horses. Experience their wisdom in so many ways. It will change your life.
Kim’s horses, Tara and Rosa (almost 30 and 25), are wanting to help children and adults with challenges. Kim promised them when they moved from Texas to Montana, that this is something they would be able to do. She is keeping her promise to this mother and daughter duo. While they have worked over the years with her students, they want to work on a deeper level. Tara and Rosa (seen here in loving memory of Marlene) present to you The Sacred Horse Heart & Soul Connection. This is a donation based service and you can learn more about it by clicking here.
May you come to know the true heart and soul power of the horse.
Heart & Soul Horse Blessings!
Kim & Allison
Sign up for our email newsletter and get access to over 300 articles in our archives. Receive emails on classes, events and specials just for our readers.
Our gift for subscribing to our email list is a beautiful audio chakra meditation that helps to expand your intuitive abilities.