The Empowered Mustang Project: Family Comes First!

Note: This is Part 3 in the Series, click here to start at the beginning.

For this visit to my new mustang mare, Kaliah, I took my daughter Zara with me. Zara apprenticed with energy healer and Reiki Master, Jen Snow, for a summer – and they worked mostly on horses. So I brought her along to give Indie some healing. Indie is the pregnant brown & white pinto mare I was concerned about last time.

As you can see in this video, we had a lot of body dialogue going on, in addition to some telepathy (‘animal communication’), some messages from the crows/ravens, and Kaliah’s reaction to Zara’s energy work is pretty darn cool…

As a contrast to our experience, this quick video shows you how responsive the horses are to Kris – who has been feeding them 3 times a day, over the last 7 weeks, and working with them when she can (she has 25 other horses to care for and train) to build relationship and trust:

Kris left to do chores and we stayed a bit longer, then packed up our stuff. When I stood at the gate to say goodbye, this the closest the horses would come to me:

However, as I got in my truck to leave, instead of turning away to finish their hay, they did this:

As we drove away, Zara said to me, “You should ask your readers for their ideas – maybe one of them can come up with a solution.”

Well, fellow horse listeners, wot say you??

Read Part Four of this series…

The Empowered Mustang Project: Family Comes First!

8 thoughts on “The Empowered Mustang Project: Family Comes First!

  • March 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Nicole Thibault just made a really interesting comment on our Facebook page, so I’m posting it here:

    ” Very interesting! You got it the core message for now: They still need time together. Maybe not forever but for the birthing and early baby days? The visiting is important. Them coming to look over the gate as you leave is telling. Don’t give up. I know you won’t but it will become clear. Thanks for the update. I’ve been wondering how things are developing. And they sure are.”

    And my reply is:

    “That’s an interesting perspective – thank you – I hadn’t thought that they might be saying “for this time”. I interpreted that solely as “we need to be together forever”. And thanks for the encouragement. It will be interesting to see how this all works out and what is meant to be…”

  • March 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Interesting…they are waiting…I suppose for the pieces to fall into place. They have it all planned but what?!

    The crows mean family too, and connection – crows and ravens maintain their immediate and extended family connections throughout their lives, even visiting their relatives on extended trips far from home. Children often come home to re-roost and help with the new young.

    Do you feel there could be anything to do with black horse / crow imagery connection?

    • March 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      I actually looked it up and turns out Squamish has a lot of ravens, so…. I mean WHO else has just had a very powerful interlude with a raven?? And who saw a pinto dream horse? And who has 100 acres or more? Just saying…

      I was standing there with Jax today and I said to him, “Okay, YOU are the one who told me to go ahead with this, you said, ‘Video everything and show people what we’ve taught you’ – so what the heck was that about??” And as I asked the question, a picture leaped into my mind of Aude refusing to get on the trailer without Jax – even though they double-tranqued her. Me going up there to get one horse and ending up with all 3 family members. And then watching how family herds behave in very different ways – like cleaning each others sheath and itching udders etc – that I’ve not seen groups of horses do.

      And this concept began to dawn that… perhaps I misinterpreted his directive! Because the very first thing they taught me was: Keep the family together!

      So perhaps there is a bigger message that needs to come out here – for rescue groups and BLM, etc. If we really GET how crucial this is, perhaps rescues could adopt a new rule that people must take at least 2 family members (pregnant mare doesn’t count) when they adopt wildies. And priority always goes to the adopter who can take the most family members.

      We come back to the Holocaust analogy, and how elephants mourn and come back to visit graves, and how dolphins will be slaughtered rather than leave their family. And perhaps this is a MANDATE that needs to be in place for breastfeeding earthlings. Because any of us who breastfeed our children have a different link than young who are self-sufficient from the day they are born – like fish.

      Or even birds, that continual feeding, or regurgitating to feed, when the kids are young – that just creates a different bond. And perhaps that is the bigger message here. That we need to come into awareness of FAMILY and our policies (like when they place kids in foster care, they try to keep siblings together) need to reflect that.

      Oh yes! One more thing: Zara spent a lot of time with the horses next door and bonded particularly with the little grey one whose name was… wait for it… Luna!

      Zara and I looked at each other like wtf?? On the drive home I was musing over all these symbols and synchronicities and also noticing the sticky/overwhelmed/gah/worried/intense way I was I was feeling reminded me of how I felt when we were going through the whole sticky process with Zara’s 1st horse Luna.

      And what might be the parallel between Luna’s situation and Kaliah? Well, when Luna met me she took my fingers in her lips and said, “Will you help me?” And I said yes. And then the shit show began. But, the humans were not SEEING Luna and giving her what she needed. I’m pretty sure she knew she didn’t have much time left and REALLY needed to get to dry, rangeland for her final years – and maybe nothing but the PROCESS we went through would have gotten her there.

      So maybe a similar thing is happening now. Perhaps Kaliah knows they need to stay together, but the likelihood of one person taking all of them is about nil. Or, she needs to use me walking this process with her as the catalyst to get them their home together. Honestly. This shit gets exhausting!! Yes, I will lean in, but, just saying.

  • March 12, 2018 at 10:19 am

    We had another really great comment on the video on YouTube:

    “What you said about horses watching how we interact (positively and negatively) with other horses and really using that to guide their own perceptions and interactions with us… it is so true, and I had never thought about it before. I had never thought about the impact it would have on the others, because I was always so intent on getting a ‘result’ out of the individual horse I was trying to engage with. But horses watch us ALL the time and not only that – they also see. The jail analogy was perfect and so apt. And the crows! I always felt something when they were around but I could never put my finger on what it was. You (and the quote) captured it perfectly. Thank you so much! I love watching these three horses and there is something really special about the way they are together.”


  • March 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Hey Jini
    It’s Dee and Malachy (the colored cob with the eyeliner❤️). I started to watch the latest vid and before you said it yourself, I had the strongest feeling of how much they need to stay together too. I was so relieved to hear you say it😬It seemed to me at the beginning of the vid as if Kaliah was staying in the background and pushing Indie and Mac into the foreground- as personalities, rather than last time where she seemed the ‘strongest’ (in the sense of confidence and presence). This time there seemed more of a parity and it was possible to get a strong sense of their personalities too.

    In terms of ‘solutions’ to the ‘problem’ of putting a request out for 1 horse and potentially getting 5(?!), the only thing that strikes me is that if it was possible to take them all as a herd and create for them their own herd autonomy and territory (I don’t know your land situation) the imperative to have them integrate into your existing herd would disappear and it would be possible to work with them as a stand alone herd. For the moment.

    It seems to me that the pressure (if I was in the situation and had the land and the financial wherewithal) would all be around suddenly having to accommodate myself to 5 basically unknown elements being introduced into my existing herd, with the consequent upheaval to both the newbie and existing members (it has taken Malachy 2 years to become comfortable and totally integrated into my own static herd). But if they live as a herd, separately, you can do as much or as little work with them as you wish, they’re self contained and self-sustaining as a unit.

    If I was in the situation and I had the land, I would take them all, as a wonderful gift from the universe- BUT as I have 11 horses myself, I may not be either sane or my suggestion tenable?!?, so I’m just throwing it out there.

    Again, a lovely vid- insightful and interesting voiceover as always from you😬. I loved the crow stuff as they are my power animal and always present and offering support when I need it. Your daughter has a lovely quiet energy and I also loved how Kris waited for the blow out at the end of the second vid.

    Keep it coming!

    • March 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Hi Dee! You’re right about Kaliah hanging back and the others really coming forward – I noticed/felt that too. Believe it or not, I did consider the possibility of having them as a separate herd. I was trying to figure out why I feel so connected and fond of them already… would I feel the same way if I spent this amount of time/focus/connection with ANY horses?? I don’t know! I do know that I cannot add 5 more horses to my existing facilities, nor could I have a separate herd of 5 where I live (I’m pretty much in the city where land is $1 million/acre – my current leased land should be good for 3-5 years, then will be developed into townhomes).

      But yes, like you, if I had the land I would definitely take them all – gorgeous beings in every way. And I agree, they are already self-sustaining, why even ‘work’ with them, just let them be wild. That is a tremendous privilege and experience, to simply hang out with and observe wild horses. Who knows, maybe some land will come…?

      I also appreciate your experience integrating new horses into bonded herds – that was always my concern and yet another reason why I would want to have at least 60 acres if I were to put all 10 of them together. In fact, watching them has reminded me how my own herd were so relaxed about sharing when they first came to me, and over time, being cramped together (both due to space and the terrible weather) has made them into normal domestic horses, who push each other off the feeders and jockey for herd ranking. This visit I saw the first signs of that starting to happen with these three. As ethologist Lucy Rees says, you just don’t see any of that with wild horses; where there is no competition for resources.

      Well as Kesia said, I’m pretty sure they already have a plan… but what??!

      p.s. And yes, my daughter is much more peaceful than me – horses always like her better 🙂

  • December 24, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I am so pleased to see the spreading of “listening to horse”. The logistics will be or possible did become clear. My focus is that so many people are watching and beginning to understand. I call this the quiet horse revolution. Kudios to all those reading, watching and producing!
    The horses are greatful, I am greatful. I keep asking what is next?
    Ishe from www

    • January 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      That’s just great: “the quiet horse revolution”. YES. When we truly listen, it is beyond spoken words and far more powerful.


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