Mustang Herd Integration – Part 4 – FINAL

In this final installment of the Mustang Herd Integration saga, Kaliah and Montaro finally meet!

Again, I am letting the horses drive and direct every facet of this integration process between two tightly bonded wild and semi-feral family herds.

The learning process for me – and all the intricacies and nuances of how natural herds function – is immense. Horses have so much to teach us about healthy group dynamics and management. These are skills we desperately need at this critical time in history, when our ignorance and individualism is leading to collapse and extinction.

Again, I have no idea how or when to put Kaliah and Xadaa in with the herd. Especially since Xadaa is not strong or fit enough yet. I really don’t want her getting injured from running across uneven terrain with lots of holes in it. Luckily, the horses know exactly what needs to happen and when, and I’m getting better at listening and following instructions!

We’ve got some fabulous slow-motion footage in this installment thanks to Kenneth Berentzen – when the Spanish music starts, you’ll know you’ve reached my absolute favorite bit in this video…

I would love to hear what you learned from this video… any messages, ideas, or aha’s you received from watching the interaction.

p.s. At 1 hour and 7 minutes, I told you this one would be worth the wait! So grab some tea and chocolate and settle in. I advise you to watch it at full-screen πŸ™‚

Mustang Herd Integration – Part 4 – FINAL

10 thoughts on “Mustang Herd Integration – Part 4 – FINAL

  • May 26, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Where to start? I’ll just throw out my observations and opinions! I think first of all you definitely have youth and space as a huge positive piece to this integration! With older senior horses and less space the dynamics would be a bit more challenging! The biggest factor I witness is The Magnificent Montaro! He is such a wise FAIR leader! He seems to protect and instruct all involved with precision and grace! Your listening intuition is also just brilliant! So many choices to make and hope to get correct! I like that you mentioned that we need to pay attention to when and what kind of energy that the message is coming from? It makes a huge difference in how things will play out! One of my favorite parts is the dialogue Kaliah has with you about not leaving them integrated after the first day! She clearly follows you making sure you receive her message! I really feel for the moms as they have such a vulnerability with having to worry and protect the babies through all the higher energy…but it is such a part of life and IMO important growth usually comes from a place just out of our comfort zones! I truly appreciated all the ways the herd instructed you to make sure they grew but at the same time stayed as safe as possible! I also loved how they sent you images of food is needed to continue the dialogue…as grazing is such a huge piece of social dynamics and helps naturally keep the flow of communication and connection moving forward in a relaxed but very intricate way! Without that… the energy might stay to high for to long and then things can get dangerous! Also spreading it out in such big distances keeps things also progressing in a much more natural way. I do this with our herd on a daily basis as close proximity just creates such different energy and it can get fugly! I also like the way it creates movement…because our family herd does not have youth on there side so movement is IMO the key to good health! I also feel for your hay billπŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘….that’s a lot of mouths to feed and keep satiated through the integration! But I know you went into it with eyes wide open so I am sure you had the resources ready and necessary to keep all souls involved where they wanted to be! Another good point is the panels…some separation with ins and outs does help with feeling safe…I am glad you pointed this out! I often listen to Banner as he tells me he needs some separation to rest from Bucks high energy! The great part is Buck is so intune with this and will separate himself and come to the gate alone to be let out! It’s so cool that the horses showed this so clearly over and over in this video! They know what they need and can make it happen effortlessly…to where as when we force it …it can take forever! I feel like this video is going to be so helpful for so many people and horses as it shows so many nuances of herd dynamics! I am sure I will ponder this video as time goes by and think of so many more ideas ..but just want to end by saying your listening has and is a true inspiration! You constantly grow and evolve with your amazing herd! I feel so grateful to be a part of it and get to witness and benefit and learn from them right along side of you and your friends! Thanks to all of them for helping and facilitating this family to become one! As always PEACE ✌🏼 LOVE ❀️ AND HORSE 🐴 to all souls!

    • May 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      I love hearing about the stuff you pick up on Michelle! Would you say your herd really up-shifted when you went from 4 horses to 5? I LOVE that Buck self-regulates, so cool. Jax is getting better and better at that as he gets older and more mature πŸ™‚ And love that you noticed how directive Kaliah was – she was very clear about what she needed, even though it was NOT even in my universe of possibilities that we would separate them again after they had integrated. I was really thinking, okay, whew, that’s it, we’re done. But she was so firm until her message got through to me.

      • May 28, 2019 at 7:34 am

        Jini…I have obviously failed to update you on our herd! We are only at 4 Banner , Bullet , Dreamer and Buck. The 5th horse was not a good fit for us! He came from back east last June and I initially felt it was so right…but as I felt further into it I knew I had made a mistake! When he arrived he was not what we expected physically…..but his energy was so calm and sweet…so we tried to make the best of it …but things just did not go well! The energy changed and the emotional connection was not there and it felt very wrong! So after a bad incident…. about two months in (that really shook me) I contacted the lady we purchased him from
        (I did not ask for any money back) and she had him picked up and found another home for him! It was a huge financial mistake but even harder emotional one! He was only the second animal I have ever had to rehome … after them coming into my life! I really feel he was not happy here and I was just a meant to be a lay over to his forever home…as I think he stayed in California? The whole situation shook my belief in my intuition…but afterwards when I thought deeper into it I realize I forced it😞….but Buck made sure he joined our family during this whole situation and he is a great fit and gift to us …and IMO…for the other three….especially because he can be so full on…He spices things up with all of them….he has lots of spunk and is teaching me so much…about so many different horse things…regarding health and personality! He’s almost been with us a year now….and everyday we just grow together closer and closer….and he with my husband Joey also!

        • May 31, 2019 at 12:36 am

          Oh yes, that must have been difficult indeed. There’s an aspect too that we may not think of when dialling in with our intuition, and that’s whether the new animal WANTS the lifestyle/home we’re offering. So it’s not just about the heart connection, it’s about all the aspects that make up their living situation. So even though they may love us, they may not be a good fit with our current family, or environment, or climate, etc. There’s so many elements! And then, like you said, sometimes an animal needs to “use” you to get where they really want to go. Of course there are usually benefits and gifts for you in the exchange (horses are such good multi-taskers) but the journey can be a messy, confusing one. At any rate, yes, Buck seems to be a wonderful herd member for all of you!

  • May 27, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Wow! so inspirational! I always had an inkling it could be like that, with horses relating on equal terms. Love it!
    All the sensitivity/listening just pays off big time. Its truly beautiful to watch.
    I am practicing listening to Jarrah after watching the 4 parts and all the other vids.
    Thankyou for sharing your journey with these magnificent beings. Just a delight!
    I just want share what hap today, v special!
    Normally the 3 horses (jarrah-mine and 2 others agisted here) come up to house paddock for minis(minerals and lucerne)in the morn.
    Today I had to leave quite early and they hadn’t come up. I saw them on they way down the driveway and gave a carrot each and told Jarrah to come up in the arvo to get the goodies when I got home.
    Well lo and behold as I came up hill, there they all were waiting!
    He understood me! wow! I am sooooo stoked! Its just awesome.
    If I could, I would do cartwheels lol!
    I feel so encouraged and I’m looking forward to developing relationship with the guys on equal terms.
    Thankyou again for sharing this magical journey!
    Warm Regards
    Erin πŸŽπŸ•πŸˆπŸπŸ”πŸ˜Š

    • May 27, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      That’s fantastic Erin! So cool and such a new world of possibilities opening before you… I look forward to hearing how things unfold for you and Jarrah (I SO love that name!!)

  • May 27, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Can’t wait to watch this (but have to!) but a huge THANK YOU before I even start because I know it’s going to be fantastic. Big hugs!

  • July 4, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! I am so glad I finally took the time to watch this! I loved loved loved watching this, your commentary Jini, and the replay in slow motion. I got so much out of it. And what a fantastic place! I mean, you see parts of it here and there, but I got a much better feel for it with the long shots and the part of the horses running in all directions (fun!); the trees and plants are so beautiful!

    I realize how much I am missing in what my horses communicate with me. Ha! I also realize that I second guess myself a lot, so instead of listening to them, I spend time listening to my head when I am with them.

    I really appreciated the explanations of how you saw/felt and the inspiration to do this or that, and yes, I could see how you were all in constant communication.

    I haven’t watched the other parts yet (1-3) so I will try to find those. I don’t know when you filmed this, and I would like the timeline of when the two herds actually met and then how long this took.

    And btw, everyone looks amazing! Shiny and gorgeous! Incredible! It appears you spend all day with them, and I know you don’t. πŸ˜‰

    • July 11, 2019 at 2:03 am

      Sorry for the delayed reply Vittoria – things have been nuts around here. I actually had to go back through my photo files to find the dates as it was such a blur. So here’s the arrival schedule:

      May 21 – Cobra arrives 6:30 pm, Makah arrives 10 pm
      June 8 – Siyone and Posa arrive
      June 23 – Kaliah and Xadaa arrive
      June 28 – Entire herd together for the 1st time – for a short time.

      You can watch the entire series here, I put them together in a playlist:

      During the summer I like to spend as much time as I can with them – I probably average about 4 hours/day. There’s also a lot of seasonal chores that have to be done in the summer and I enjoy the physical labor – as long as it doesn’t get too crazy!

      I hear you about the difficulty of knowing when they’re speaking, or your head is speaking. But you know, it’s like meditating, the more you practice, the easier it becomes to “drop in”. It does take time and practice though, so just have compassion for yourself as you build that ‘intuitive muscle’ and gradually strengthen it. And strengthen your ability to TRUST it! πŸ™‚


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