Why Should We Consider Communication With Our Animals?
Why should we consider communication with our animals anyway? Why is it important to even think about how and why we communicate with our animals? Because it benefits us as much, if not more than it benefits them.
This afternoon when I went to feed my horses I decided to see if my attitude made a difference in my interaction with my little band of mares and yearlings.
My normal experience is feed the grain and then argue with the two younger brood mares because they come out of their pen and steal the last of the grain from the older mares and the yearlings. We go round and round. They test me and I end up yelling at them.
Today, before I fed, I spent time rubbing and scratching on each one of them, simply interacting with them and talking to them. All of them came to get loved on and couldn’t seem to get enough. Especially Zanny and Star, the two trouble makers.
Our communication was so intense I decided to test my theory. While I was rubbing and scratching them I simply explained why I needed them to leave the older mares and the young ones feed alone. And I asked them to stay in the round pen and eat their hay rather than come out and try to steal the rest of the grain and eat their hay.
Now I know that sounds pretty touchy-feely for me, but I wanted to test this and just see what happened.
Believe it or not, we had the most peaceful feeding time we’ve had since the two younger mares came. They stayed in their pen and ate their grain and then their hay and never came out or caused any commotion.
Eventually, the younger of the two, Zanny, came out and finished out of the feeder that Chili, the oldest, had already left.
I’m not making this up! It was amazing! Seriously!
So I’m headed to Mika’s tomorrow and I am going to video her riding while thinking her cues and we’ll see how it goes.
Now I have a challenge for you. Try it yourself. Practice communication with your own horse, dog, cat, pig, whatever and see what happens. And then please tell me about it in the comments section! This will be fun!
Go at it from a place of complete love. Just tell them how much you love them and are honored to have them in your life and see what happens. We’ll do our own little mini scientific study!
I can’t wait to hear “communication” on how it goes for each of you in the comments section!!
And if I don’t get another post up before Thanksgiving Day, Happy Thanksgiving my friends! I am so thankful for each one of you!! Thank you and God Bless!