A Journey into a Silent Language
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A Journey into a Silent Language

The Horse – a creature that has worked beside us for thousands of years. They have aided in our transportation, in our farming and in our wars. The more we live in an artificial world, we walk on cement floors, our bare feet don’t touch the ground, we can sit on these horses and we can feel grounded through that horse. The horse has its own language and it’s mostly silent. We can learn to communicate with them by moving in ways that makes sense to them. Body language is a result of the emotional messaging so if they send out a message that isn’t picked up, the body language will follow it. So, it’s like turning the volume up for them. Here I gave you an emotional message and then gave you some body language and you still didn’t hear it so here is a kick or here’s a nip.

Christa Meremadi [Horse Trainer]:[Click here for a Horse Training Manual] Traditional horsemanship is based on fear and it’s kind of scaring the horse into doing what you want them to do and you have a result, which is a horse that’s reacting out of fear and out of what might happen if I don’t do it as opposed to a horse with natural horsemanship that has decided to consciously make an effort to join and be a partner with you. When you are a little kid and your mom says, “Don’t hit your little sister. Don’t pull my hair”, all of those things are rule governed behaviour patterns that allow us to live in a society harmoniously. Each specific species has their own set of rule governed behaviour patterns because without those they are not going to make it.
Sandy Diamond: The horse shouldn’t be expected to understand our rule governed behaviour patterns, or our society, especially from a disciplinarian point of view.

Whenever you have a prey animal captured by a predator they are going to try to flee. One of the major problems in communication between the horses and people is where you have a person that’s acting like a predator, “Come here you stupid horse and behave yourself.” And that person might have a piece of equipment on that horse that the horse can’t leave so do run little tiny circles around them because it’s brain is telling its feet to get in gear and go somewhere.

Left-right cerebral hemisphere is the two parts of our brain. The right side is the more instinctual side, it’s where we have emotional reactions and instinctive reactions where we just react, we don’t think about them. The analytical side of our brain is like a problem solving, thought processing. Horses use analytical reactions after they have managed to build a former trust with people and that’s the only time you’ll see a horse think about how they are going to respond as opposed to just reacting.

Will Clinging [Horse Trainer Coach]: I think a lot of horses feel they are being ignored; they are not being listened to. Because they are, effectively, always trying to communicate with us, we just don’t give them the credit for that. It’s not a technique, it’s not an exercise, it’s not a movement, it’s an attitude. The hardest aspect is being honest with yourself of what is going on, accepting the credit or the blame. We make ourselves believe what we want to believe.

Horses are always testing and if you as a person come into your horse’s world, wanting to be part of their world as opposed to forcing them to become part of our world. If you give them that opportunity they are always going to be testing because the horse does not really want to be the leader. Horses are much happier being followers than leaders, the reason being is the leader has to be responsible for the safety of the individuals that he is the leader of. If you are the person and I am the horse and I know that you don’t have enough knowledge of how to control me, you’re certainly not going to have enough knowledge to control a predator that might want to eat me, so why would I respect you?

They can teach us empathy, they can teach us honesty, they can teach us sincerity, because they are all of those things, if we are prepared to learn. We overcomplicate everything, you know, we have ego, we have greed, we have, you know, a lot of status things that are more important to us – appearance. Horses don’t have an ego, they don’t have hidden agendas that we do. They don’t need to look cool in front of their friends. We manipulate situations to our advantage where horses don’t.

The other things you hear people saying is ‘I own this horse, I feed him, I pay all his bills. I own him, body and soul.’ The only problem is nobody told the horse about this. The horses are complete entity in and of themselves. Somebody might own their body but nobody owns their spirit.

Spunky Monkeys
Macacks love to monkey around. Here in Southern India, when a peddler leaves a fruit cart unattended for just a single moment, these balled Spunky Monkeys pounce on it like hungry ants at a company picnic.

Small Horse

Thumbelina was a fluke actually, we didn’t breed for this. She is a dwarf, miniy and so she is about seventeen and a half inches tall and according to Guinness, she is the shortest horse in history.