For hundreds and thousands of years the horse has played a crucial part in our evolution. They have walked beside us, trusted us, accepted us and worked with us. They are ancient and beautiful, old and wise. Highly emotionally intelligent beings who have the highest level of self awareness. Nomadic creatures, the oldest living truly wild horse is the Takhi (almost becoming extinct in the 60s) found on the Steppe in wild Mongolia, Takhi meaning "Spirit" in Mongolian. It is widely believed in the shamanic communities that the horse is a spirit guide between the worlds. Representing freedom, vitality, travel in both this world and the others, also a symbol of trust and community.
For me the horse is a mirror to the soul. Their levels of self awareness which is what allows them to function so well as herd animals gives them a greater sense of the world around them at a highly emotional level. They are sensitive creatures and it always amazes me their levels of trust in people. I remember Pearl arriving at 6 months old and to start I couldn't touch her anywhere past her neck. Within a week or so we could touch everywhere and pick up feet. Trust so easily given so it always baffles me because as a race we can be so cruel and ignorant.
The relationship between man and horse is old. For hundreds of years the horse bravely carried us into our battles without question, pulled our carts and ploughs allowing us to break them. Such big powerful animals that could easily kill someone in flash yet let the manipulation and torture of the human race rain down on them until they did exactly what was required. Why allow us to do that? Dumb beasts some may say or are the Shamans right and do these spirit guides travel somewhere else while their body takes the pain?
Its not all bad of course. I have witnessed some of the most beautiful partnerships between human and equine. Where the lightest feel can bring together a beautiful dance, where they run together, where the horse is proud to carry his human. Years of trust and mutual understanding, a friendship. I honestly believe despite the closed minded and ignorant nature of the human being the horse choses to be in our company. They actively seek out that bond with us and have the far greater sense and ability to live each day in the present and to forgive without question. Its us the human that has shut down our spiritual side, stunted our empathy and self awareness. We live each day only thinking of tomorrow never today. Missing the moment and never stopping to just be still within ourselves. They are looking to guide us, to show us peace and joy of the moment. To be still and to open ourselves up to the world, to show us our true selves and to enlighten. So maybe the Shamans are right, maybe they are truly Takhi.