This is the second part of a discussion I started in episode #030. I continue that discussion of relating the horse’s brain with the human brain as the recent discovery of 4 distinct centers of the mammalian brain described by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor in her book, “Whole Brain Living.”
In the past, I had described these centers based on Hippocrates (about 400 BC) as Choleric, Melancholy, Sanguine and Phlegmatic. I have described these four primary personalities in my book, “The Ten Irrefutable Laws Of Horsemanship.” I now associate these personalities with the four sections of the brain in anatomical locations: Left Brain Thinking (Character one), Left Brain Limbic or Emotional (Character two), Right Brain Limbic or Emotional (Character three) and Right Brain Thinking (Character four).
I hypothesize that humans in today’s world live on the left side of the brain, which is analytical and temporal (past and future, identity, judgmental), with poor connection with the right brain (connected to the present and the universe). On the other hand, the horse has access to all four sections of the brain, and while judging, you can also amend that judgment based on the sincerity and integrity of the human before them.
I include a simple way we can expand into the present moment and become honest, three-dimensional communicators with all horses, humans and everything in our lives. This is NOT hocus-pocus. It is based on the anatomy of the brain and my use of this approach daily for the past decade. It allows me to connect with horses in 30 seconds, not 30 minutes or 30 days, and hand float thousands of horses while medicating only 3 in every 100 I see. If you understand this real connection, you will also be able to connect with the horses in your life more meaningfully. But it is YOU that has to change, not your horse.