I wonder when it became so acceptable and normal to use such negative language in relation to horse riding and keeping? We forget what power the positive and negative energy of a simple word can have.
Has it always been this way?
I recently heard an international clinician repeatedly instruct the riders to ‘kick’ their horses, and that, along with various others, are words I hear regularly in the horse world.
What message does that give to our kids?
Do we really want them (or Joe Bloggs on the sidelines) to think it’s ok to kick an animal?
One term I’ve heard a few times lately is ‘locking up’ horses (eg to restrict their grazing).
That sounded so like a prison it really made me cringe. Is that how we think of our horses – or how little we think of them and how we are treating and regarding them?
Other common phrases are:
- just hit him…
- hit him harder…
- I’m sending my horse to the breakers… (I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want a ‘broken’ horse…)
- break him in…
- make him do it…
The power of negative energy / words
When you look at the pictures in Emoto’s book and see the effect that ‘bad’ words have on the energy and beauty of water crystals, you begin to realise how the energy of our words will affect other living beings – including our horses.
Perhaps if we started changing our language we would also change the energy around whatever it is we are doing with them, and therefore also change the way we are doing it and the outcome…?
Just something to think about.
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Trisha Wren has been an equine professional for most of her adult life. She rode, competed, and taught Western Riding for 15 years in Scotland, then horse and rider bio-mechanics in New Zealand and Australia. She’s been a full time horse and animal communicator since April 2016, and also runs regular Animal Communication online workshops. Find out more about Trisha here.