It amazes me when I look up to see overhead black clouds of birds making patterns in the sky and not one bird falls from the sky from having collided with another bird. How is this possible? The birds are flying so close to one another in some of their maneuvers that the sky can not be seen at all. The swirling patterns are changing so fast that these birds must be flying at a rapid speed and still no accidents happen.
Just think of what it might feel like to experience the flight of these birds:
Alternatively, we as humans in cars, with all of our laws and staying on predictable pathways going in one direction, can't help but have mishaps and accidents.
What creates harmony in movement?
There is a code of conduct within nature that creates order and harmony. Within the code of conduct there is an ability to dance in freedom and harmony with others. These birds uphold this code of conduct. Natural horse herds also follow this code of conduct.
Following this code can wake up your ability to reach this synchronicity and your instincts to sail in freedom, sharing a magnetic connection and a dance with your horse. The law of nature captures the soul and offers possibilities to your own evolution. The process of expansion into more clarity and community harmony is served by understanding a specific code of conduct that is found in the laws of nature.
It is a code of shared interactions and patterns in relationships that produce a community connection in harmony, rather than inflexible laws.
This is the code of conduct:
When a horse enters another horse's personal space he needs to seek permission and leave when asked to leave, like the energy shared in a Japanese tea ceremony. This is what drives the behavior of horses to respond as they do. It can bring out the pecking order behavior in the horse and a loss of resonance when this code is not being followed.
When there is social resonance within a herd, by following the code of conduct, they share a magnetic connection in harmony.
What I noticed with horses in a socialized group, running together, is that they fall into a synchronicity of movement. I also noticed that when horses do not know each other, the synchronicity of movement is impaired and horses can run into one another.
Code of conduct:
1. Respect the personal space of others.
2. Boundaries are flexible and are set by the individual that needs more or less personal space.
3. In order to increase personal space, an individual may choose either to leave their current space or to ask the other individual to leave.
4. Move on when asked to move on.
When the code is being honored there is peace in the community and unity in flight.
It is not always smooth sailing in the beginning stages of adjustments to the code for juveniles and newly formed herds. When a horse becomes very aggressive in claiming his personal space, all horses instinctually understand that it is his or her right to do so. Personal space needs are respected by all horses no matter what their rank. Violating this code, by not listening to how another horse feels about their personal space, is looked upon as an antisocial behavior of the highest order.
Instinctual herd interactions in relationship to the code of conduct:
The young develop social responsibility by the interactions of the herd and the guidance of their elders in how to fit in and respect personal space.
I saw a yearling chewing on a foal's ears when the foal was lying down on the ground. You can see this scene in my meditation video. When the foal shook his head the chewing stopped. This went on until the foal began to really object, then the yearling stopped because it was uncomfortable getting slapped in the face with the foal's ears from the foal shaking his head and the foal got up and moved away. Instinctive herd interactions trained both the yearling and the foal on social behavior. Both learned how to take care of themselves from this interplay and how to get along with each other. Herd interactions evolve the social behavior of the individual horse. As the horse becomes socialized the code of conduct becomes natural.
Through honoring flexible boundaries, in regards to personal space, friendships are formed, leaders are chosen and social order is the outcome.
From using flexible boundaries, in regards to your personal space, you can develop a horse that will have a desire to follow your lead, learn and dance from your direction matching your movements like a foal shadowing its mother. This is what I call the magnetic connection.
By not maintaining your personal space, your horse will lose his willingness to be polite. When a horse approaches, and you can see that it would be hard to stop his approach, this is the time to ask him to leave, no matter how strong the bond feels in the moment, because if you do not ask him to leave he may see that he can use the bond to gain control over you and become aggressive.
Another way to handle this situation is that you leave your horse. Your horse may become more dominant if you do not set his limits in some way, either by leaving or sending. One way to ensure that this does not happen is to ask your horse to come to you only when he is in the mood to follow your wishes and consider your feelings. If you are unable to send your horse away it can bring out the pecking order nature, where controlling you becomes your horse’s intent.
Inexperienced trainers can run into horses becoming aggressive with clicker training when the code is over looked by not maintaining their personal space.
Listen to your instincts as your guide:
When you listen to your instincts, they will dictate the way you communicate the training of your horse working with this code of conduct. Listening to your instincts will cause your instincts to grow as you are developing a partnership with your horse. From this perspective a horse will naturally enjoy your leadership and the schooling that he is receiving.
As you are directing your horse, you are careful that your direction makes sense to the horse and inspires cooperation and willingness. You give your horse the same ability to shape your behavior when you enter his personal space.
It is best not to practice this code unless you can see how it would benefit your relationship with your horse. In my online course there will be many of you that will be ready for this step and when your are, I will be there to guide you. There will be alot to learn before we get to this stage for both you and your horse and alot of bonding exercises to help you to get to this point. When you are clear in how to communicate your personal space needs, as they need to be given to your horse, you will discover your horse will choose your leadership and your Liberty Dancing will be more harmonious!!
Have a great weekend! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.