A heart connection with horses and all life
Have you ever thought about why we domesticated animals and how truly loving our relationships to them are? We bring animals into our lives for our own reasons. We have them because we want them to do something for us. What I think most people are actually seeking with animals is a heart connection. I believe that most people have animals in their lives to get a source of unconditional love that they may not have for themselves already. Training and controlling is not the way to experience unconditional love with an animal. It’s the opposite of unconditional love.
So we’ve got these animals in our lives, that’s fine, they’re here, they need to be taken care of, but we have a choice on how we want to interact with them in that situation where they’re already in a controlled environment. What we typically do is we train, and we use conditioned responses and we use treats and we use manipulation or coercion to get them to do what we want them to do because at the end of the day we have been taught that that’s what to do with animals. If we’re being completely honest, domestication itself is the epitome of control and control has nothing to do with love.
When you remove all forms of controls while also setting very kind boundaries so they’re not doing whatever they want whenever they want, something really transformative happens. What we think of as a domesticated dog or a domesticated horse or a pig or a cat, whatever species, when they truly are allowed to have a mentally free state where they’re able to be who they are in the fullest sense, without fear of being hurt or neglected, they turn into something entirely different than what we’re used to.
What we’re used to is this conditioned being in front of us that is conditioned based on how we control it in whatever subtle or not so subtle form depending on what you do, but it changes everything. It can actually change who you are as a person to choose to practice this unconditional way of relating that really requires you to set very solid boundaries but without making anybody feel wrong or shamed for being who they are.
by Ren Hurst, founder of the New World Sanctuary Foundation
Learn more in an interview with Ren where she talks about these ideas and more from her book, Riding on the Power of Others. Also, don’t miss your opportunity to invest in the creation of a safe, healthy place for the animals of the New World Sanctuary Foundation to roam free, help is gratefully accepted! Find out more at the fundraising site: www.gofundme.com/helpanimalsbefree .
Please help support the birth of this new world for horses and humans by visiting the New World Sanctuary Foundation website at: newworldsanctuary.org .