---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <curtisdeltablues@...> wrote :
I am fascinated by animal intelligence and am always curious if I can breach the rapport barrier and connect with their intelligence enough to understand a little bit of what is going on in there. Although I know this may be verging on an idiotic question Ann, I will ask it anyway. Can you describe at all what your impression is of what is going in in a horse's mind enough to describe some qualities of it? This is not hard to do, my safety depends upon it. When you are intimately connected to a horse's body (as a good rider inevitably is) then you have access to many things. First, without getting too complicated here, you have a literal feel of the horses mouth and lips in both hands, you ass is sitting on its back which is where all the movement happens, and your legs are embracing his lungs and heart area. With this kind of touching you'd have to be an insensitive cretin not to have some idea what is going on in the actual brain of the horse. (Unfortunately, the horse world is filled with insensitive cretins but that is another story.) Basically horses can be a little like cats. One minute they are calm and sedate and the next moment they are running sideways down the arena. They can appear aloof and untouched by your presence and at other times can't get in your pocket fast enough. There is a whole lot of wild still in there as well. And they are total pushovers for the hand that feeds them but only if you have the actual bucket in your hand at the time - otherwise you're just another schlep. But then there are those times when you can be convinced that the horse is actually glad to see you, just you with no bucket. But, I digress. So, basically when you're all in touch with the horse, in that saddle and riding along asking him to do all sorts of natural and unnatural things and he is happy to do so that is because you are asking for the right thing at the right moment and then allowing it to happen. In order to know what to ask and when to ask and how to ask and then when to stop asking means you have to know the mind of the horse to a certain extent. You have to know what he knows, you have to know if you prepared him in the moments before asking and then you have to know how much to ask and when it is too much or not enough and then you have to figure out if his resistance is mental or physical. There are so many calculations to make in order to do just one movement that it transcends thinking. You don't have time to think all those things. So then what? It means you feel it. In order to feel it you have to know something about yourself and also something about the horse. And you end up making mistakes all the time. You end up betraying the horse or causing them resentment toward you. You can give them ulcers or hurt their bodies by breaking them - literally. They are very, very delicate. They basically die of only two things - intestinal issues and leg issues. Many of these things are brought about by people's insensitivity and by forcing. When you climb on the back of these animals you have a real responsibility because for as strong and willing and giving as these animals are, all of that can be destroyed by selfishness or greed or ego. I don't think I answered your question after all that. I have had profound connections with a squirrel monkey, cats dogs and ferrets. (I am excluding gerbils because the obvious jokes would just write themselves.) In my interactions with them I have come to some conclusions about how they are processing the world differently from each other, and from me. It is all borderline fantasy, but if you interact enough you kind of get a sense, like feeling some object in the dark and drawing conclusions. I hope that serves as a writing prompt because I love when you write about horses here. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote : This is an interesting experience that always happens when I practice TM with my wife. I can feel my nearly pure awareness contact hers, and then the boundary is gone, and it is simply oneness, without boundary or ownership. I always flinch mentally, just as the boundary dissolves. It is as if I am suspended in an empty room, dimly lit by blue lights, and I sense another room, this one also empty, but dimly lit by purple lights. Then, suddenly the divider between the two is gone, and it is one room. This is probably more common that it sounds, especially given Share's experience in the dome ("ovals of light"). I only get this riding my horse! The athletic movement of the horse and finding the way in which my body can work and move with his back is the goal. Couple that with the mental partnership of asking and responding and you can start to appreciate why this sport is so amazing. You take an animal with its own free will, its own ideas and you take its strong body and you sit on that body and communicate through touch what you would like to do and lo and behold, the horse responds and then your responsibility is to find a way to stay out of the horse's way, to integrate yourself with its mind and its physicality in order to become one thing moving as dynamically and effortlessly as possible through space. It really is all that!