By Sara Almond, PhD, October 2003
It was another extraordinary afternoon in the Rocky Mountains: bright blue skies, puffy white clouds, and sunlit mountains. Some saddle pals (friends who own horses and ride together) sat on the warm earth as Anne Salisbury and Greg Meyerhoff read each horse in our herd of seven. We asked Anne and Greg to work with our horses because we love them and cherish our interconnection as members of the animal kingdom. Specifically, we wanted to find out each horse’s perspective and what each horse was experiencing physically and emotionally.
What a team Anne and Greg are! One read a horse while the other balanced energy. Each horse’s perspective was acknowledged individually and in relation to the herd. Physical and emotional issues were disclosed and suggestions for what we humans can do were revealed. Spontaneous questions were asked and answered. We discovered ourselves nodding our heads in agreement as Anne and Greg shared what they received from each horse.
A positive shift in the herd’s behavior was observed during the reading. An example is what the horses did when they learned what it was like to have their own individual energetic space. Instead of crowding, they spaced themselves equally in the smaller pasture. Each horse had its own space, but each was still part of the herd. This new behavior was observed again later when the herd moved to a larger pasture. They understood and applied what they learned from Anne and Greg.
The horses are not the only ones who learned. The saddle pals now try to see each horse in a new light. We try to give each the opportunity to grow and change. We try to give each the chance to be the horse he or she is presently. The outcome is we are better partners as we honor our animal kingdom interconnection. This is the least we can do for our horses who give and teach us so much.
Anne and Greg, thank you for an extraordinary afternoon. Thanks to Briar Rose, Cruiser, Poker, RJ, Scarlet, Taylor, and Westy too.
Sara Almond, PhD
Administration and Policy Studies