You know that horses are flight animals, right? I’m sure you do. It means that we naturally run away from danger. Our size and our speed are our best defenses, so we like to RUN when things get scary.
Humans have this amazing ability to do things in spite of their fears. Jane says that courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is being afraid and doing your job in spite of your fear.
It’s okay to be afraid. It’s natural and most of the time it’s smart. It’s only a problem if it stops you from doing what you want to do.
Jane helps me overcome my fears by being a good leader. I know if she gives me signals that say I am safe, then I can believe her and relax. She gives herself signals too. She makes sure she breathes deep and releases tight muscles. Sometimes she even sings to relax us both. She has lots of tools to help her overcome nervousness and fear.
What do you do to relax your horse, and yourself? Do your fears get in the way, or do you deal with them in a manner that really works for both you and your horse?
I hear your horse is looking for you at the barn! Are you on your way out to ride?
Your Friend, Moshi
I’m a wolf in a yellow coat. Okay, maybe not, but my ancestors were wolves and that cellular memory is still very much inside me. If cornered or challenged, I can bring out my wolf stuff and scare the pants off of just about anyone! Just look at these teeth!
Of course it would take a lot for me to dig out my inner wolf. I’m generally a very laid back fellow. But as a dog, I’m just as likely to fight my way out of a scary situation as flee. My ancestors often had to fight for their survival, so I know I can do that too, if I have to.
Can you remember a time when you handled a dangerous or emergency situation really well? That is your inner wolf coming out. You CAN deal with emergencies, danger, and fear. You’ve done it before. You do have it in you, just as I do!
Take your inner wolf with you to the barn today. Let that power fill you with confidence. Remember times when you felt strong and worthy. Let that be your experience today.
Let’s go! I’ll meet you at the car.
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