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Your Horse Is Listening…

There are several energetic, magnetic and otherwise compelling frequencies in the universe, some we can hear or feel and many we can’t – or at least humans can’t. Horses communicate with one another through subtle sounds and movements, many of which we can witness and some that we cannot. Certainly they whinny and snort to communicate. This is obvious and yet the depth of their connection and communication is quite unapparent to our human eyes or ears.

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There is a theory, or school of thought about non-verbal non-visible communication called Limbic Resonance. It is the capacity for sharing deep emotional states that arise from the limbic system of the brain engaging the dopamine and norepinephrine hormonal and emotional circuits. Drs. Thomas Lewis, M.D., Fari Amini, M.D. and Richard Lannon, M.D. first brought forward this idea in their book A General Theory of Love. They describe limbic resonance as the capacity for empathy and non-verbal connection – that our nervous systems are not self-contained but rather significantly tuned into those around us with whom we share a close connection. They have found this to be true for all mammals and explain it as “a symphony of mutual exchange and internal adaptation whereby two mammals become attuned to each other’s inner states.” It is that unspoken knowing you have with your closest loved ones and with your horse. Have you ever felt this with your horse? Do you think your horse feels it for you? It stems from a resonance, a rhythm we cannot consciously sense, but can feel subconsciously. It is part of the interconnectedness of all of nature. That’s why it’s very important to monitor your thoughts and feelings. They don’t just stay in you, but others pick up on them. You can spread joy or misery. When you take the time to connect with your relatively silent partner in this way, you truly feel the nature of Equus. In the multitude of value we can derive from our horses, this is another way to feel, see and connect, not only with them but to others around us and ourselves.

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