Humans now live in a world where communication is one or two-dimensional. The telephone or video meeting is a two-dimensional conversation, and texting, writing, or email is one-dimensional. These types of communications don’t employ the depth of vision to notice the subtle nuances of facial expression. Wearing a mask will also eliminate seeing a slight smile or frown.
There is a fourth dimension with the hormone oxytocin, delivered between people in conversation, but I don’t believe it has been studied in horses. However, I would propose that this could be viewed as our energy, and if correct, this is absent in most human conversations when using any technology from pen to paper on up.
How we communicate with horses is through 3 (or 4) dimensional conversation but most people today are not good at this as personal face-to-face talking is rare these days. In addition, humans live in the left half of the brain, which houses our identity (ego) and emotions tied to fear and joy, which complicate our thinking. This podcast discusses how our brain works based on the experiences of Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., in her book “Whole Brain Living.” Through the loss of the left half of her brain through a hemorrhage, this Harvard professor of neuroanatomy pieced back the lost functions and, through her 8-year journey, discovered new concepts of how our brain works.
I attempt to tie together Dr. Bolte Taylor’s expert information with my experience with tens of thousands of horses and deliver my understanding of how we can improve our communication with our horses. As I say in the podcast, ask yourself how well you communicate with other humans (spouse, siblings, parents, strangers in the convenience store) and if THAT isn’t good, then start with your own species. Once this is improved AND you also learn to understand how your brain/thinking works, then use this skill to connect with a horse in 30 seconds, not 30 minutes or 30 days. We all can do this, and in the upcoming podcasts, I’ll continue with the other parts of the brain and expand on what I say here.