On the farm I have been working with horses, learning how to take care of them and interact and communicate with them. Anyone who spends some time with these animals will realize pretty quickly that these animals are quite aware of themselves and you and their environment, often more so than the human. What’s fascinating is how one is able to communicate with them, without even using words.
This proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that animals are not stupid, as they’ve shown us time and again that they are really aware of what is going on, more so than humans, and it is often the human that completely disregards this, proving that the human is the ignorant one.
I have had but a little experience with horses in my past, I took some lessons briefly when I was 11, and helped a friend who worked in the stables a few times. So working with horses on the farm now for about 6 months has been the bulk of my experience working with horses. At the farm we practice natural horsemanship techniques for interacting and working with the horses. Bits haven’t been used the whole time I’ve been here, and we trim hooves ourselves and don’t use horseshoes. When we lead horses to pasture, many of them we only put a lead lightly around their neck, and some of them don’t need a lead at all, it depends on their temperament.
|Cerise Poolman filing the hooves of the horse 'Fats'|
You really get to form a communication with the horses you work with, and it’s fascinating how you actually build the communication between you and the being that is the horse, where you can use gestures to communicate to the horse how to move, and together you form this communication, of ‘this gesture means do this’ and ‘this gesture means do that’. And the horse has a fun time learning new ways to move himself. Today, I learned how to communicate to the horse to walk toward me, and he responded right away and it was fascinating. And what’s cool is that none of this is done with any kind of rope or forcing the horse in any way, or by using rewards to coerce him. The horse is simply enjoying himself moving around as a physical being and communicating with you, and I quite enjoyed it as well. It really gets you here working and participating within and as the physical.
It is really supportive to work and communicate this way with the horses, as they will literally act as a mirror and reflect you back to you, as they are following your lead, and thus if you are being distracted, they will be distracted and you won’t get a direct clear response from them, and depending on their temperament they may take advantage of your distraction and act out and challenge you. Thus, whatever you are living as yourself becomes magnified by hundreds of pounds into this big mass of a physical being, literally showing you who you are and that they are actually more aware of your physical than you are, as they are responding to where your attention is focused, and how you’re holding yourself, if you’re slouching or if you’re standing upright, if you’re walking ahead with direction or if your just lolly-gagging around.
But what really struck me, is when I was doing research on the internet to learn more about natural horsemanship, very little turned up. And that’s when I realized that this way of doing things is still incredibly rare, that most horses are worked with in traditional ways with bits and ropes, in many cases where the horse is not considered equally to the human at all, but is seen as less than the human, and just something for the human to use, or even as nice pet but with the human still perceiving itself as more than the horse, as the ‘owner’ of the horse, where an actual equal and one relationship with the horse is not considered.
That’s not to say or suggest that anyone and everyone can or should start doing natural horsemanship techniques right away, because you have to actually develop that relationship and communication with the horse, and the relationship between horses and human currently is ruled by money, as humans themselves are ruled by money, and thus extensive abuse happens to horses within using them to generate money in the current system, such as with horse racing, rodeos, bullfighting, for show, and using them for labor, without any regard for their well-being.
This is why we require an Equal Money System, so that we can stop being ruled by the pursuit for money as security of a dignified life, and instead give everyone the right to a dignified life, animals included, and free ourselves and all of existence from enslavement to a money system that is not actually supporting us as humanity or the earth as the environment/nature and the animals, and actually being to re-establish effective communication between ourselves and what is here as this physical reality.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed a world in which that which is here as the physical forms and manifestations, as nature and the animals, are disregarded and abused for the sake of a few beings to accumulate money, while most of humanity is not able to afford a dignified life, and must turn to abusing what is here as nature and the animals for the means to survive.
I commit myself to doing what it takes to bring forth an Equal Money System, so that we can begin to correct our relationships so that we can live in oneness and equality with that which is here, and explore the full potential of what may be possible when all life lives and exists in oneness and equality.