The Ripple Effect: How Our Energy Influences Our Horses

Aug 08, 2023

As an instructor in The Resnick Method Liberty Horsemanship, a significant portion of my time is dedicated to guiding students through our Master Class, where we delve into the art of harnessing energy and intention to communicate effectively with their horses. Surprisingly, this skill appears to be one of the most challenging concepts for some students to put into practice. While they seem to grasp the idea intellectually, some encounter difficulties in maintaining alignment between their intentions and actions when interacting with their equine companions. Experiencing this is a natural part of learning horsemanship. It's something we all encounter in the beginning, but with practice, we'll grow and excel.

As horse lovers, we know that our equine partners are incredibly sensitive, perceptive to the subtlest cues. Beyond physical interactions, our emotions and energy play a profound role in shaping our horse's behavior and demeanor. This blog delves into the realm of energy and its impact on our horses, exploring the ways in which our emotional state and intention can influence their energy, behavior, and overall well-being.

  1. The Language of Energy: Horses communicate through body language, and our energy is a significant part of this unspoken dialogue. They are highly intuitive beings, capable of sensing our emotions, intentions, and even our physiological changes. Whether we are feeling relaxed, confident, anxious, or stressed, our energy sends clear signals to our horses, shaping their responses and reactions. In the Resnick Method, we dedicate a lot of time to "Sharing Territory" – simply sitting and meditating with our horses. This practice helps us attain a neutral state, which helps our horses feel secure in our company. This practice develops a powerful connection and cross species bond. 

  2. The Mirror Effect: Horses have a unique ability to mirror our energy, reflecting back what they sense from us. When we approach our horses with calmness and positivity, they are more likely to reciprocate with the same serene demeanor. On the flip side, if we are tense or agitated, our horses may become anxious or uneasy, mirroring the energy they perceive from us. So, it's important to be mindful of how we're feeling around our horses, as they're sensitive to our energy and emotions too!

  3. Trust and Respect: A strong and trusting bond between a horse and their handler is built on a foundation of calm, confident, leadership energy. In the heart of every horse lies a natural inclination to follow a leader—it's an essential part of who they are. Horses are more likely to trust and respect individuals who exude confidence, patience, and kindness. When we understand the natural instincts of horses and know how approach our horses with genuine respect and positive energy, we foster a safe and harmonious environment for them to thrive in. 

  4. Energy and Intention in Training: Energy and intention is an integral part of training and communication with our horses. Whether we are guiding them through groundwork or riding exercises, our energy influences their receptiveness to our requests. Horses can detect the smallest shifts in our focus and intention, making it crucial for us to be clear and consistent in our communication. When we aren't clear in our requests, our horses can get confused and even act out, sometimes earning the "problem horse" label. But here's the thing – horses genuinely want to please us! So, the key lies in our clarity, guiding them to be the best versions of themselves.

  5.  Emotional Release: Horses can serve as emotional mirrors, helping us release built-up stress, fear, or tension. Likewise, we have the power to help them heal from emotional trauma when we give them the freedom to be who they are. When we enter their presence with openness and vulnerability, they respond with compassion and understanding. Spending time with our horses in a mindful and emotionally expressive manner can be therapeutic for both parties involved.

  6. Mindfulness and Awareness:  Embracing mindfulness in our interactions with our horses is truly transformative. It's all about living in the moment, fully attuned to our equine companions and the world around us. When we practice mindfulness, a deeper connection, understanding, and trust unfold between us and our beloved horses and it instills a sense of safety in them. Our senses heighten, enabling us to pick up on their subtle cues through body language and energy. This mindful connection brings forth a whole new level of fulfillment and joy as we navigate the incredible world of horsemanship hand in hoof.

To sum it up, the energy we exude has a profound effect on our horses, shaping their behavior, trust, and overall happiness. As caretakers and riders, we hold the key to creating a positive and nurturing atmosphere for our equine pals by being mindful of our emotions and intentions. By fostering a harmonious energetic connection, we can strengthen the bond and enhance our horsemanship journey. So, let's aim to be the best versions of ourselves when interacting with them, radiating positive energy that brings joy and fulfillment to both our equine companions and ourselves. Together, we'll create a beautiful and uplifting experience!

Nancy Zintsmaster

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