Walking The Talk
a student's perspective
I’ve just had the clearest and most incredible communication with my horse, Jynx. It's hard to describe because it doesn't feel real. It's like I entered another world and I'm still trying to convince myself that it actually happened. I feel so blessed that he decided to communicate with me in such a special way. I arrived at the stables at about 5pm and took him outside to the paddock. I tried playing and lunging with him but he seemed uninterested and wasn't focused on the treats at all; he wasn't eating them when I placed them under his mouth. I decided to give him a massage instead and spent about half an hour massaging all over his body while he let out long breaths and lowered his head. He walked away from me and I followed to massage in a different place because I thought that's what he wanted, but he walked away again. So I sat down, not too far from him on the sand, and started to do what I guess you could call an attempt at meditating?
I was mostly thinking about him and struggling to contain how much love I had for him without getting emotional. I feel like sometimes my strong emotions may be too much for him, so I try to lessen their strength. I started thinking and asking him if he would turn around and come to me. At first I started thinking that if he did it I would give him treats, but then I thought that wasn't what he wanted. So I admitted that there was nothing I could offer him and it was completely his choice.
After maybe 5 minutes of me imagining him turning his head towards me, Jynx did exactly, completely, what I had imagined him doing in my head! He first turned his neck towards me and then his body. He walked over to me and then past me in a circle and stood with his back towards me a little bit away from me again. I must say it was a struggle controlling my emotions, but I felt like they were a bit overpowering for him. He stood with his ears forward, shifting his weight and looking at the mountain. I decided to lie down further. I started imagining him lying down with me. He's done it before but never with me, always away from me and only to roll. One of the dogs at the place came to me and gave me licks and then walked away. I still kept thinking of Jynx walking to me and lying down. I kept my breathing calm and gentle. He walked towards me and I was careful not to change anything about myself, my thoughts or my body.
Then Jynx came down right next to me, exactly where I'd imagined him lying down. I was nearly in tears. I promised to respect his space and asked him to tell me if he was okay with me moving forward by turning his head and looking at me, which he did. Then I moved towards him, within touching distance, but I made sure not to touch him - just to be with him. It was the most spiritual experience I may ever have. I could feel his love and acceptance. I have never had such clear communication with any other being like that before.
After a while he stood up and over me, as if he was protecting me. I stood up too because I thought he wanted to leave the arena but he stayed, so I sat down again. He walked right over me and stood looking over my head, in such a protective stance. Then he moved his head towards me and touched my leg; I in turn touched his face and found that he was eager for treats again. So I gave him all the treats I had on me. I then stood up and he followed me out of the arena and back to the stables.
- Solara Wing, Cape Town
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