A horse, an interpreter of our feelings

We humans tend to push our feelings beneath the surface. This tendency is a kind of protection mechanism - though not very constructive. It is rooted in many things: childhood experiences, the norms created by society of what is supposed to be allowed and what is not, the memories of past lives that affect our deep subconscious on an unconscious level, and other beliefs, thought patterns, and patterns of behavior.

How all this affects the horse is interesting. Horses are completely unique creatures in their sensitivity. They quickly pick up our emotional states on the surface, our visible emotions, and equally they pick up our hidden emotions hidden beneath the surface - whether we like it or not. Needless to say, all of this affects the interaction between us and the horse.

Jos emme koskaan ole antaneet itsellemme lupaa olla vihainen se on ollut ”paha” tunne (tai niin meille on uskoteltu) – oma ilmaisematon aggressiomme voi näkyä hevosessamme eri tavoin. Se voi purra, potkia, tulla päälle – mikä ikinä onkaan tuolle yksilölle luontevin tapa ilmaista vihaa.

Tämä näkyy myös monesti niin, että vihaansa panttaava ihminen saa hevosissa esiin aggressiivista käytöstä – hevonen joka yleensä on rauhallinen muiden seurassa – onkin kiukkuinen tämän ihmisen seurassa. Hevonen poimii pinnan alla kytevän vihaenergian ja ilmaisee sen ihmisen puolesta. Hankalaa tässä on se, että me ihmiset hanakasti syytämme heti hevosta ”onpas se nyt vaikea” / ”mitäs se siinä oikein kiukuttelee” emmekä näe kokonaiskuvaa, todellista syytä hevosen käytöksen takana.

In order to get into a genuine, deep connection with ourselves and the horse, we must dive deep into our hearts and the feelings that live there. What feelings have I denied myself for years? Why is anger a bad feeling for me? Why don't I allow myself to cry? Why am I afraid to show my most vulnerable feelings? As we become more aware of our own emotional locks and blockages, it will inevitably show up in the horse.

The more genuinely and sensitively we are able to face a horse, the better we will also be able to unite our own hearts and perhaps access our emotions that have fallen asleep in the layers of layers for a long time. At the same time, our connection with the horse is strengthened. Mutual trust is growing. We can ask a horse for help in making us better aware of our own feelings and the fears and wounds that prevent them from expressing them. Yes, the horse is happy to help us people - we just have to know how to ask for help and open up to receive it.