Forest Foray: Peace, Bliss & Foraging

Whether your nervous system needs a re-set, or you’re curious to see how wild horses explore a forest, join us for a blissful afternoon excursion into the woods…

If we ever get impatient with foals or horses for being so ‘nippy’ we need to remember how a horse’s lips, tongue and teeth are one of his primary ways to explore and learn about his environment. Along with their superpower whiskers, their lips, tongue and teeth enable horses to feel texture, taste, shape, etc.

I’m amazed how every wild horse has needed to lick and scrape their teeth against my hand – just exploring with their lips is not enough. They also love to explore human hair with their lips and teeth. And zippers, elastic cords, collars, the list goes on! Hopefully this video can give you a fuller sense of their exploration.

Forest Foray: Peace, Bliss & Foraging

2 thoughts on “Forest Foray: Peace, Bliss & Foraging

  • June 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    One of my favorite parts is listening to all the twigs and branches breaking it’s such a neat sound and then you’re amazing cinematography with the sun in Big Ma Mas mane! The slow motion it’s all just eloquent..then Mother Nature adds in her own special effects…and the herd and you all collaborate gorgeously!

    Watching this I really see how little ground grazing there is in the Forrest! Lots of moss and things to nibble…but very different to where we are!
    The Forrest seems to offer such diversity, variety and visual and physical stimulation…it’s amazing!

    Oh and the mouth exploration! Buck explored Gun Sun this morning and scared me! But only with lip so no pain! But yes him and that mouth!
    I don’t mind it a bit because I feel him so clearly and I tell him we can communicate about it …I feel it’s a conversation he really needs to keep having with me! He seems to get so much release with exploring with his mouth and along with that he has done some hard pushing with his front teeth into my hand! He had a slip and then pullback in the trailer last year because unfortunately he was tied (Before the new trailer) and I have felt it causing him a some issues, along with past trauma! Ainsley was going to come see him but had to cancel her trip. So I am trying to help him when he asks! I think he appreciates that a lot! It’s been a very interesting conversation! It definitely feels more then physical!

    But with other people his mouth exploration does concern me sometimes? I need to chat with him about it!

    This was absolutely Lovely Jini!

    • June 7, 2020 at 9:37 pm

      This is so interesting Michelle – what you wrote about the trauma and the hard pushing into your hand. Because Juliet was working on Xadaa’s pelvis a few days ago and Xadaa asked me to provide counter-pressure as she pushed her muzzle/closed teeth into my hand – at the angle that she chose. I instantly felt that her push into my hand (requiring holding/counter-pressure) was related to her being able to unwind/release whatever it was in her pelvis.

      Here’s an idea: Open to possibilities of how you and Buck can work together with this mouth pressure he’s asking for, and energy flows (ki, prana). Or perhaps some/one of the other horses can assist Buck with the other piece, while you provide the muzzle counter-pressure? Throw it out there and see what happens. Maybe all Buck needs is you – but working in full awareness and openness to ALL possibilities? See what ideas he has… xoxo


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