As natural horsemanship trainers, we tend to define “animal communication” as body language. Recently, however, someone suggested we check out the video of animal communicator Anna Breytenbach communicating with and saving a leopard (here). Whether you believe in all of this or not the video is impressive and took us to the full documentary (here) and we started wondering about the whole process.
As you can imagine, there is a tremendous and rather emotional debate about whether telepathy is at all possible. While many scientists say it’s impossible, recent research suggests it is actually feasible to transmit information from one brain to another. Also referred to as “brain-to-brain interfaces” (BBIs), the idea is that brain waves, which are made of chemical signals passing from cell to cell, could be transmitted consciously.
Animal communication advocates say that all beings have the innate skill to communicate telepathically with each other but that humans are socialised out of that ability as we learn to speak.
We were keen to try it out and see whether telepathic animal communication could help us understand the trauma that our mare Liberia seems to be having with the saddle. Hours and hours of desensitisation over a year have failed to yield much success so we were keen to try something new.
The telepathic session happened over the phone. The communicator asked in advance for photos of the horse as well as a very brief background. During the session, she encouraged us to ask Liberia telepathically some questions. The first thoughts and images that come through our mind should, in theory, be Liberia’s answers. The communicator said she would help us with the answers which she would also receive in her mind.
Did it work?
Well, it’s hard to say. The communicator did seem to be able to come up with a lot of information that we had not given her. It probably would have been possible to get a lot of it through Internet research but the level of detail provided suggested it would have taken many hours to do so, something that would not seem to make much sense given the relatively cheap price of the session.
Did we get an answer to our question?
Yes. Apparently, Liberia said she was having issues mainly because she was mirroring or embodying problems that she could feel we were having and not because she had a traumatic experience herself.
It is undeniable that our psyche affects horses, in the same way that it affects our friends and other people around us. Whether this could lead to such visible physical reactions remains to be seen but is nonetheless a point worth taking on. It is a reminder that we must learn to empty our heads and be, as much as possible, an empty slate when we work with horses. We still haven’t made our mind up as to whether we believe in telepathy or not, but beyond that specific question, it was worth it just to remind us to be conscious of what we bring in with us during training. If we bring all our stress and worries in the pen we’re bound to face them there too.