Thank you! for coming by Horses Hide Their Pain
This website is dedicated to horses and humans
interacting with horses and all animals.
Thank you exploring here and helping us
see horses in ways that help them and us.
Horses need our support for wonderful reasons.
Horses have served us for thousands of years in many ways.
To their list of service, through equine therapy, they are now helping children and adults with mental, emotional and social challenges, addiction recovery, behavioral and nervous system challenges and veterans programs that help restore peace of mind and heart.
Why do horses, like humans, hide pain?
As both prey and herd animals, horses are DNA-wired
to hide pain, even, at times, to highly educated eyes.
As we know, if a horse looks wounded or weak, to predators they look like a meal...easier to hunt. If a horse looks wounded or weak
to herd mates, they can lose standing and access to needed resources and may threaten the herd's survival.
Even with great awareness and the best intentions to support them, we may not be fully aware of the extent of their pain.
Please, if it resonates help share this information & and the beautiful news that there is much that can be done that also serves humans.
Here's a sample of what you'll find on the resources page
The article states, "Fascia is, in fact, what creates any given posture – good or bad – in humans and animals. Fascia, like our spider web analogy, is a whole body communication system which, if stimulated, transmits a signal to every part of the body...
We have learned, far too often, that these fascial or
soft tissue dysfunctions lead to pain and lameness."
After sharing how I came to learn many horses are in pain, it was my friend Rachel Heart Bellini DVM who taught me that not only are some in pain, horses are pain hiders as a survival mechanism.
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After the powerful, unexpected dream/vision many years
ago that involved my seeing horses in hospital beds,
I promised horses I would try to help.
Many wondrous people and organizations are doing incredible work to support horses. If you feel called to support this noble species, in ways that resonate for you, please help share this message and support endeavors that help us learn more about horses and how they communicate with each other and with
us through body and herd language, energy, visual
cues, feelings, mind-pictures, vocalizations, etc.
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Prey animals horses are extremely sensitive, far,
far more sensitive than humans. Their exceptional
level of awareness is often confusing, even intimidating,
to we humans who may have particular agendas
when we are interacting with them.
This is a learning curve for all of us.
While pain is a natural part of life for all species,
for we humans to intimidate or inflict pain or
the threat of pain is not necessary.
It is our responsibility to learn how horses
communicate with each other and with us.
If we believe a horse is "acting up," a first response
is to ensure there is nothing physically wrong
with the horse or his/her tack.
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In domesticated circumstances, a few basics help ensure
horses have the best chance to stay (or get) healthy. Horses,
mules and donkeys have many needs, including 24/7 access
to an equine-safe shelter and excellent veterinary, hoof and dental care. Horses require proper equine food and access to grazing land.
Dietary needs vary from horse to horse and from foal to elderly. Please consult a veterinarian who routinely works successfully
with horses. Some horse experts believe horses that do not have the ability to pasture graze at will should be fed at least every 6 hours
for their equine digestive system to function properly.
Domesticated horses need 24/7
access to clean, unpolluted water.
As herd animals, most horses need steady companionship to feel safe. Horses need daily access to a pasture to move freely, which helps keep them healthy and their digestion functioning properly.
The mission of Horses Hide Their Pain includes sharing awareness about how much horses sense and use energy to communication within the herd and with humans. And how they can support our own species to calm the human nervous system (and know when it is not
at all calm!) to support our own healing and healing for all ages.
There is much that can be done to support horses:
~ We can seek out local rescue organizations and
volunteer and/or financially support their efforts.
~ We can learn about horses and equine health issues.
~ Make up fun games for learning. For example,
find a book on horse anatomy and obtain some tracing paper.
Trace a horse in the book. As you trace, experiment with viscerally feeling, truly connecting with the horse parts and the function of each part. Now, make several copies of the tracing. Take one of the copies and label all of the equine anatomy, and gently study it. Do not put pressure on yourself to remember. Feel each part. When you feel like it, take another tracing and practice writing the the anatomical parts without looking at any other references until you remember all the parts. Be patient. Give yourself hours or day or weeks, months and years. The more you care, the more information will naturally be revealed. Let go within, and feel the essence of the whole horse
and the different anatomical parts and their functions.
~ Then intuitively design healing exercises. If, for example, your horse(s) has an issue with any part of its body parts, meditate on
the part(s) and see it as whole and healed no matter what.
~ Meditate on concerns you may have about your horse(s).
~ If you know a horse who is hurting, use the tracing above to connect with the hurting horse and his/her anatomy. Send light
to this area of the horse and to the entire horse for as
long as this feels natural. Also, send beautiful
healing light to the horse's caregiver(s).
~ Experiment with meditating, or simply
being still and very quiet, with your horse
Ask that all who care for the horse experience expanded awareness for how to support the horse.
Other Ways to Support Horses, Mules and Donkeys (all animals)
~ Write legislators and share in your community.
~ Explore community, school and youth groups to see what opportunities exist to speak about horses and their
wellbeing, and how much they have meant to humanity.
~ We can spend time with horses. If this is not available
to you, we can still learn what keeps them healthy
and what matters to a horse for a happy life.
~ Focusing on their wellbeing any time we think of
them day or night can have great healing effect.
~ Pray with a beautiful, open heart for those who neglect or abuse horses. Do not see the horses as victims, and do not see the caregivers as bad, even if this seems hard to do. See everyone as doing his/her very best with what they have been taught.
If we are closed off to another's pain, it is likely we are in some way closed off to a part of ourselves that need healing. Kindness,
loving and forgiving helps everyone, horse and human, to
expand our awareness and natural, innate sensing of life.
The above are only a few ideas.
You will have many more.
I try to use language on the website that is accessible to all.
Please forgive me when I miss the mark.
Dr. Temple Grandin's work is wonderful.
She is on faculty at Colorado State University.
Here are links to two of Dr. Grandin's amazing books:
(Please note: Dr. Grandin is not associated with this mission,
though it would be wonderful if she caught wind!)
Thanks for all you are doing to support
humane care for all species in our care.
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