The Creative Genius of Horses
By Allen and Linda Anderson
In April we joined the thousands of people at the Minnesota Horse Expo. We were there when Monty Roberts, renowned “horse listener,” gave a demonstration of his gentle methods for training horses. What a treat!
Since we are starting to work on next year’s book, Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope, we are learning much about these magnificent creatures and the people who are attracted to and rely upon them. At the Horse Expo we met some loving folks who rescue horses and help them find good homes. We were honored to stroke the necks of beautiful animals whose eyes reflect the Light.
In The Tao of Equus, Linda Kohanov writes, “I discovered that horses are more intelligent than we give them credit for, and I mean a lot more intelligent. When allowed to exist in a relatively stress-free environment, a horse’s mind is literally swirling with the nuance common in creative geniuses. Just by associating with their equine partners, riders can tap into this stream as well.”
Rusty’s Colt Returns
Tapping into the stream of wise horse consciousness happens both while the horse is in physical contact with his or her human companion and after death. Gwen Ajar from Howell, New Jersey sent us a story about after-death communication with a horse for our first book, Angel Animals: Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals. Gwen’s daughter’s horse, Rusty Miss, a chestnut mare, had a foal named Stormy Mac who died when he was seven years old.
As Rusty aged, her body became riddled with arthritis. After awhile, drugs no longer kept Rusty free of pain. Gwen and her daughter agonized over whether to put Rusty down so she would not suffer any longer.
One morning Gwen was walking toward her barn when she heard a horse whinny on the other side of her house. She assumed a horse must have gotten loose since there was no paddock near the house. She ran to the barn to check on which horse had gone missing. To her surprise, all the horses were in their stalls.
Then she heard the whinny again. This time she recognized the familiar sound of Rusty’s colt, Stormy. Since his death, Gwen had caught glimpses of Stormy and now recognized his figure returning. She writes, “Had Stormy somehow sensed our indecision about letting go of Rusty? Seeing a vision of him in the trees that day made me realize that Rusty’s colt had come to let us know that it would be all right if we decided to have his mother put to sleep. And he was here to take the journey with her.”
Gwen and her daughter, supported by Stormy’s afterlife visitation and the certainty that Rusty wouldn’t be alone, decided that day to end the horse’s suffering.
After Rusty died, Gwen donated a planting for an oak tree to a nearby horse park. The dedication ceremony was scheduled for September 28th, the date of her daughter’s birthday. Prior to the ceremony Gwen strolled around the park, looking at the sites where Rusty’s and Stormy’s memorial trees had been planted.
When Gwen stood over the plaque to read its inscription, a dark cloud formed in the crystal blue sky above her. The wind blew strongly enough to almost knock her over. She writes, “Now, I know very well that there could be a logical explanation for this strange weather. But, somehow, I feel more at ease and choose to believe that although Rusty and Stormy are gone, these exceptional creatures, who were so much a part of our lives, still communicate with us.”
Zeke Gets the Message
The intelligence of horses reaches far beyond their mental capacity. Horses, like other animals, have a sixth sense that allows them to understand human communication at a higher level than most of us consider possible.
Lois Stanfield’s story, “Explaining to a Horse How It’s All in Divine Order” was in our second book, God’s Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine. When Lois had to sell Zeke prior to her move to San Diego, it was the hardest thing she ever did. Zeke, a champion dressage horse, needed to be ridden consistently and cared for properly. Lois was no longer in a financial position to give him all he required.
When she sold the horse to Kathy, a woman with a teenage daughter, she asked Kathy to let her know if she ever wanted to sell Zeke. By then, Lois hoped that her finances would have improved and she could buy him back.
A year after her move, things were getting better for Lois. She was delighted when Kathy called to say that her daughter was leaving for college and she wanted to find a new home for Zeke. Lois jumped at the chance to have Zeke in her life again.
When it was time for Zeke to make the long trip from Minnesota to Southern California, Lois called the Minnesota stable’s groom and asked her to help prepare Zeke for what could be a frightening journey. Lois said, “I know this might sound crazy, but will you talk to Zeke like he’s a five-year-old child? Tell him everything you’re going to do and what’s going to happen to him during this move. It will be scary. If you don’t explain it all to him, he’ll think that something awful is happening.”
The next day Lois called the groom to ask how her conversation with the horse had gone. The groom said that she did as Lois had requested. After she had explained to Zeke about the upcoming journey, which would include getting on a truck, she concluded by telling the horse Lois would be there to greet him when he got off. Zeke hadn’t ever been affectionate with this groom, but when she finished her explanation, he put his head on her shoulder and nuzzled. This indicated to the groom that Zeke had understood.
On the day Zeke left Minneapolis, he calmly walked up the ramp of the horse van.
It was as if he knew where he was going and had accepted that this ride was his
way of returning to his best friend Lois.
When Zeke arrived at the stable in California, he heard Lois’s voice. He whinnied softly, and then neighed at the top of his lungs. As he walked down the ramp, Lois ran to embrace him. She writes, “Our reunion was so happy that I couldn’t bear to leave him. I spent the night sleeping in his stall in the barn. And I promised myself and Zeke that we’d never be parted again.”
Horses remind all of us that they are souls. They possess creativity, free will, and a perception of life that uplifts everyone who has the opportunity to share life with them.
Allen and Linda Anderson are founders of the Angel Animals Network and authors of a series of books on human-animal relationships. They are seeking stories for “Angel Horses: Divine Mess-engers of Hope.” This book focuses on the love and courage of horses who heal and give hope. It will contain stories of hero horses, service horses, and horses who display spiritual awareness in this life and from the after life. Go to www.angelanimals.net/angelhorses.html for editorial and payment details.
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