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New Meaning to “Horse Sense”

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New Meaning to “Horse Sense”

One of my first interactions with a dear friend and my “Nourishing the Heart” co-columnist Deborah Rozman was riding horses together. We both grew up with a love of horses. In fact, horses were all that mattered to me for a great deal of my childhood. I sensed their intelligence and had a special bond with them. My family owned two horses, and whenever I called their names, they would run to me from the pasture.

Debbie lived in the city and couldn’t wait until the weekend when she could go riding. She loved the beauty, strength and sensitivity of horses as well as riding with the wind in her hair and feeling a warm connection with her horse as they tuned into each other’s thoughts and feelings.

How perceptive and sensitive are horses?

“Horse sense” means “plain common sense,” which, for researchers at the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), means “the sense to respond to heart intelligence.”

It is well known that horses are very sensitive to and aware of their surroundings. They sense a storm coming long before it arrives and sense a predator long before humans can see or hear one. Many people feel that certain horses mirror the emotions of those with whom they interact. These horses are often used in programs with alcoholics and developmentally disabled children to help them with their personal growth.

We have all heard the saying “horses can smell fear,” but it may be more accurate to say that they can feel fear. IHM research has found that people’s nervous systems are tuned to the electromagnetic fields produced by the hearts of other people and that a person’s brainwaves can synchronize to another person’s heart up to three feet away. Is it possible that horses are also energetically sensitive to the fields produced by the human heart — and that humans are sensitive to the fields produced by a horse’s heart?


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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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11:06AM PST on Jan 17, 2015

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8:53AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Thank you, sharing!

10:58PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Horses are sensitive and intelligent beings & we can learn from them.

2:58PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012


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10:56AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

interesting article :) thanks for sharing :)

9:39PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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5:27AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

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2:47AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thanks, interesting.

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