The Key to Effective Communication with Animals is to Listen

Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Heart | 3 comments

Donny Color Adj 350w_3711Horses communicate with us all the time. Their cues are subtle and kind. Their non-verbal expressions and are frequently missed as our minds are full of what to do’s and what we think is going on. The key is to listen. Yesterday, I had a clear lesson about this from a Dales pony; his clarity showed me what I nearly missed.

Horses communicate with us all the time. Their cues are subtle and kind. Their non-verbal expressions and are frequently missed; our minds are full of what we think is going on next and what to do next. The key is to listen. Yesterday, I had a clear lesson about this from a Dales pony, Donny. His clarity showed me what I nearly missed.

After working with this fly sensitive three-year-old, I put his black fly wraps on his legs, and turned him back out. An hour later, I went out into his field to check on one of his pasture mates who had been running, a Fjord. The Fjord was fine, but he was missing a blue leg wrap; I needed to walk up to the barn for a replacement. Donny had approached me as I was assessing the legs of the Fjord and when I stood up, he touched my left shoulder with his muzzle. He then looked over his right shoulder and pointed toward the next field. With his direct line of sight he was showing me a black leg wrap laying in the grass; about fifteen yards away, in the attached field.

3 Comments

  1. I love it Ginger! Way to be present and listen! How wonderful to have a friend and helper like Donny!

    • Yes, Mary Ann, he is a sweet and sensitive young man who requires the same from me.

  2. Such a gentle nudge rather than any expression of frustration at not having been “understood” at once. So patient, the horses are with us