What Makes Your Horses So Different?

The herd and I had a lovely time hanging out with a couple of horse listeners from Chicago and Cambodia – Christina and Maddalena – when they came to visit one afternoon. After spending time with them, they were struck by the different energy these horses embody.

Christina asks me if I can explain WHY these horses are so different and what makes them so available and open? It’s a great question! After I answer, I then ask Christina and Maddie to share their impressions and assessment – how do they perceive the horses? Come join us for the afternoon…

What Makes Your Horses So Different?

23 thoughts on “What Makes Your Horses So Different?

  • May 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    This was delicious😋
    Man Jini the horses in the forest just always gets to me deep! Looks so dam enriching!
    I have forest envy! Our land is more diverse …then where we used to be….with some contours and big beautiful oaks …and I am so grateful for it! But the forest is just so enchanting! The interviews were perfect…love the sentiment shared and the awareness on all parts! So special that The grand Dam Miss Aude would gift them with being their personal tour guide! So many amazing comments from you and your guests and very keen observations! I resonated and agreed with it immensely!
    If I enjoyed traveling I would definitely want to come visit but I have a hard time leaving my happy place ….even though your place looks very happy too! Thanks for taking the time to record it all and share! It feels like watching family!
    Nice to put some faces with names I have read comments from. Thanks again awesome video!
    And thanks to of course the HORSES! ✌🏼❤️🐴

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    • May 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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      I know – I had NO idea how forests were so magical for horses until moving them to this place! I guess that’s one of big positives about not having my own land yet, I’m sure getting a great idea of what to look for.

      Do you follow Christina’s posts on Instagram – with her goats, icelandic sheep, pigs, bull etc? – really great 🙂

      https://www.instagram.com/beastwoodfarmer/

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  • May 6, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    This is soo beautiful and is presented in a really concice, easy-to-digest type of way, which really makes it work! Love the interviews and the length of the video!
    Thanks soo much for sharing!

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    • May 6, 2019 at 2:13 am
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      Thanks – happy to have the Eliya Stamp of Approval! xo

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  • May 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    I just loved how you tied the rope halter onto your own head. It made me laugh, and it made your point so well. I’ve been toying with ways to get rid of the halter, or get a rope halter without knots (do they make sure a thing)? I prefer the lightness of a rope halter over the weight and hardware of the traditional halters. For now when we’re in a place with no cars I’ll just throw the lead rope over the horse’s back so the halter becomes a moot point.

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    • May 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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      YES! Exactly – the lightness is (I believe) why the horses always choose the rope halter over the flat. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to keep it super light, yet get rid of the knots… Once I bought 10 pairs of shoelaces because they were hanging on a super light metal square that I thought might work well. Only to discover the square was not solid – it had a big gap in the middle that had been covered up by the packaging. GAH.

      I was thinking that if you could knit or crochet a halter you could probably get the angles needed without any knots… been a LONG time since I’ve done either though! Christina (in this vid) makes her own wool from her icelandic sheep, so perhaps she’d be willing to give it a try…

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  • May 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    I had not thought about crocheting a halter. There’s a new project. A whole new world awaits. It will be fascinating to see what my horse has to say. Now I need to go take measurements.

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    • May 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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      Oooooh YES – go Mary!! Then let us know how it goes and post a pic! If it works I’ll buy one or two from you for sure 🙂

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      • May 13, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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        Do you have any thoughts on how wide, or what type of yarn? I’m thinking the wider side so it won’t dig in if pressure was ever put on it in an emergency? Maybe cotton yarn? I’m also wondering how sturdy it needs to be. I’m also thinking about stiffened fabric (using interfacing) but still gentle on the outside, and then crochet the adjoining pieces where the knots would typically go on a rope halter? Just thinking out loud. If anyone has any other ideas, please share. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

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        • May 13, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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          I was thinking cotton or wool – because I always try to use natural fabrics and stay away from plastics if possible. Perhaps wool would be stronger? And I’m thinking large size needle, about 3/4″ wide strips – so wide enough to not dig, but not annoying or hot. I wouldn’t want interfacing for mine – just do the whole thing as one piece, because you can knit/crochet corners right? Or maybe separate squares for the “knots” and then crochet off the sides for the straight pieces…

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          • May 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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            AND… If they can make ’em for toy horses, I’ll bet you can make one for a real horse!

            here it is:

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  • May 18, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    I loved loved loved this!!! I haven’t had time to watch, read, listen your posts and videos much, but I got a chance to watch this and it’s so great!

    I also had the awareness lately that I want to treat the horses like I treat my friends. Duh! Lately I’ve been feeling like I am just…. not going deep in my relationship with them. That I am just their caretaker. Then I realized that the relationship I have with them mirrors my own… the one I have with myself. But that’s another story!

    What I really wanted to say was I became aware recently that I want to treat them with the same respect I give to others (people) which of course has also changed over the years as I have become more aware. We would not go to our friend’s house one day and drag them to the dentist. We would not impose our will that way. We would talk to our friend to let them know we are concerned about their teeth 😁

    I am concerned about my horses hooves. They are a mess for the most part and no one wants to have their hooves done. Farrier came and even Dakota said no. They all swirled around coming over to rescue him. She told me they need training. Oh dear. First I was upset, then I thought they were brilliant, they kept the herd together. It was amazing to watch! After she left, they ran together up and down the hill, like to discharge the energy, and then all relaxed and took a nap.☺️

    So I bought a rasp, got Maureen Tierney’s book, watched videos, found someone online who posts a lot about how she does it… etc. I think I could actually rasp my horses’ hooves ( I have been reading and learning about hooves for years, been a little obsessed actually). But no one wants to volunteer. I was able to get Dakota to pick up his front feet and pick a little. 🤔

    When I ask they tell me their feet are fine. Oh well. I am going to keep asking 😁 But thanks for the reminder Jini. I also really loved you putting the halter on your face. Yes, it’s hideous.

    I have seen really soft halters in some stores. I think they sell them online? Super soft. They are not cotton though. I think more of a blend. I’ll take a pic next time. I would love not to use anything. I really would. I know it’s possible.

    But the other day I was walking outside the corral with Dakota (been taking him out often to munch on grasses), and I asked him if he would stay if I let go of the rope…. he said no, he would run up that hil! Ha! So there you go.

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    • May 19, 2019 at 12:53 am
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      Aaaaarrrrgh I SO want to have the hoof trimming videos ready for you guys!!! What you’ve written here is EXACTLY why we spent 18 months shooting their unhaltered, at liberty on 30 acres, hoof trimming sessions – and everything they taught us.

      So this is another important aspect – when we don’t leash and tie them, they are then FREE to share their ideas, to show US things, and to teach us things we could never fathom.

      I actually want to write a blog post soon about what the mustangs have been teaching me about freedom to choose – as I was completely happy to NEVER have to touch them and for them to remain wild.

      Anyway, I’m going to PM you right now with a link to the Teaser video for the hoof trimming series – that’s all that is completed thus far, unfortunately. But I think it will give you some great ideas to move forward with. Especially since you’ve watched Maureen Tierney’s DVD already.

      Personally, I am BORED silly with the idea of “training” yet another domestic horse. Really?? Is that really the pinnacle of horse-human relationship? I don’t think so. I think what the wildies are showing us is SO much more interesting and exciting!

      And of course, as we give them permission, our domestic horses begin to re-wild themselves – the transformation in Zorra is just remarkable. Ok – gonna send you that link now 🙂

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      • May 19, 2019 at 10:25 am
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        Thanks Jini!! I will say that anything I have done with Dakota with his feet has been at liberty, among the others. I even demonstrated picking my own ‘hooves’ (using the pick on my boots). They did at me intently. They know what I am asking. 🙄

        One thing I am going to say that is totally unrelated (I’ll look for that post and post there too!) is that all the mustangs are pooping in the stud pile! Except for Leilani who still poops wherever she happens to be. The mustangs rock!! ☺️

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        • May 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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          Hooray!! On all counts 🙂 Maybe Leilani needs 2 or 3 stud piles… try that and see – it’s still WAY easier to clean up than dotted all over.

          I also remembered something else, back when I thought we HAD to trim their hooves and pick up their feet, Aude made a deal with me: Carrots. So every time she picked up her foot, even for a moment, she got a piece of carrot. And… oh yes, I do indeed have a video showing that! Here you go, it’s at 0:42 seconds in:

          https://youtu.be/TAnHJShAEMs

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          • May 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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            Thanks Jini, will look ASAP! Good thing is that Leilani is cuckoo puff for carrots!! I will try that deal with her! 🙏🏻♥️

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          • May 19, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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            Just watched the video, really great to see! I still would love to have you and Kesia here 😁 and her music? OMG!! Have to get that CD!!

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            • May 20, 2019 at 12:58 am
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              Whaaaa? Yes you really do! It is made for your landscape – listen to it in the morning as the sun rises, with a cup of coffee/tea in your hand, as you gaze out upon your land 🙂

              You can get it anywhere you prefer – iTunes, Bandcamp, physical CD etc.: KesiaNagata.com

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  • May 19, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    This wonderful video reminded me of just how ‘dumbed-down’ trained and domesticated horses are nowadays. Watching your horses, with their alive, vibrant, active energy and then comparing them to all the horses I know (mostly riding school ones) shows just how disconnected we, as human beings, have become to nature and the way other beings are meant to live and interact.

    Today I went for a ride at my local place, and decided to try some of my new found communication skills on one of the horses. There is a sweet horse there called Jazz, I have a really great bond with her and I really understand her personality. She is extremely head shy and won’t let any downward pressure be applied to her head. We believe this is from earlier abuse in her background. She also won’t let anyone touch her head for anything more than a few seconds.
    As you can tell, putting a halter on her is extremely tough, let alone getting your hand near her head!

    I have slowly come to realize (mostly through Jini!) that I can communicate telepathically (to an extent) with many animals, horses most of all. Before putting the halter onto her, I stood next to Jazz and asked that she be quiet and calm and not throw her head vertically into the air and canter off. In return, I said I would give her a HUGE belly scratch and rub down when we got back from our ride. I did this through images, words and feelings (e.g. the image of her being calm as I quietly put her halter on and then the relaxing, satisfying feeling of being rubbed after a long, tiring ride through the bush.)
    I then said that if she did muck around and put up a huge fuss, she would get no belly rub or scratch. I did the same thing, showing Jazz the image of her head flinging up and me walking away, with no relaxing belly rub.

    I have had very little faith in my own telepathic communication, and I sometimes lose faith and stop believing that I can communicate at all, so you can imagine my surprise and joy when I approached her, with much apprehension, and slipped her halter on without so much as the blink of an eye, she even lowered her head in calmness! She had never done this for anyone before and it often took a lot of food, treats and struggling to get anything over her head. You can imagine the surprise of everyone watching me.
    I just smiled inwardly.

    This was such a ‘breakthrough’ for me, because I have never achieved this clarity of thought before. I have also never had such a definite and resounding response from a horse, or any animal, like this . After our ride, Jazz got a rub like never before!

    The message of this rather long winded post is really just a thank you, to Jini, Kesia, and all the other many authors and posters, for putting your thoughts out there and letting this whole new world of freedom and intuition become available to everyone.

    I’ll hopefully update you guys on my progress!

    Once again, thank you!

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    • May 19, 2019 at 10:28 am
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      I love this Eliya! So great and what fabulous confirmation! Congratulations! It’s hard to look at them any other way now, isn’t it?

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    • May 19, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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      Wow that is fantastic Eliya!! I can just see/feel your elation – and Jazz’s relief… what an amazing confirmation you received – a real showstopper!

      I’m sure the whole herd is rejoicing with you right now, that humans are hearing their messages and putting them into action.

      Now that you know that she can hear you… it will be interesting to see how/when she starts telling/asking things of you! That’s when it gets really cool – and often uncomfortable, or difficult. Just saying 🙂

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