For years our intuition has been suppressed and ignored, leading to not only a reduced sensitivity to our intuition, but a lack of ability in interpretation.
Intuition keeps us safe, helps us to move through our day with a little more ease, and, when it comes to our horses, provides us with a deeper level of communication.
Intuition doesn’t need to be a mystical experience left for witches and warlocks, though it can be deep and unexplainable. Often it’s simply pause and reflect long enough to figure out what feels right.
I heard a story recently about a fellow who was out in the paddock, and his best horse walked up and touched / bumped him with this nose. It was uncharacteristic behaviour. But, as our modern training is apt to do, he disciplined the horse, and went in for the night.
The next day they found the horse with colic, and despite significant efforts to save him, the horse died.
Intuition would cause a pause and reflect “this is my best horse, he doesn’t do this, something must be wrong” instead of a “get out of that you bugger”.
Intuition is a muscle.
Intuition is about feel.
You can strengthen your intuition muscle by slowing down, paying attention, and allowing your body to tell you what your next move should be.
You can try it next time you are brushing your horse. Observe him, and feel your body to be guided on where to brush, how hard, and for how long.
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