One of her horses was getting himself cast fairly often and she didn’t know how to help him stop doing that. The term ‘cast’ refers to when a horse lays down too close to the fence or side of the stall and rolls over getting tangled in the fence.
They get trapped, can’t get up, and if they panic, they can seriously injure themselves quickly. It’s very dangerous. So far, they’d seen him when it had happened and were able to help him get unstuck. Once they’d had to dismantle the fence completely! Very scary…
The first Step in the H.E.A.R.T. System for Solving Problems with Animals is to be able to Hear them.
So I asked him why he was doing that. I told him that we knew he was smart enough to know how to avoid getting stuck/cast, he had plenty of room to roll around, so why did he do it repeatedly? Didn’t he know how dangerous it was? How much it worried his person?
His reply was quite interesting and illuminating. He said,
“I feel unappreciated and overlooked. I’m jealous of the attention the new horse gets. When I cast myself, I know I’ll at least get some attention… finally someone will notice me.”
His person admitted that most of her focus was on the new horse, and apologized. She truly loves this guy but often gets caught up in the time and energy her newest horse needs and has little left to give him.
He just wanted to be appreciated. He wanted the chance to perform too, to play with his favorite person, to contribute the unique beauty, gifts and talent he possessed, and to learn new things. He wanted to feel special too.
What a wonderful message for us all. Isn’t that what we want too?
From there it was a simple matter for me to sort things out between them. Problem solved.
Take a moment to reflect on your own animals. What are you missing? Are they acting out in some way, trying to tell you important messages about how they feel, what they need to feel appreciated, loved and special?
Find out more about the H.E.A.R.T. System for solving problems with animals in my Free Class this week. Seats are going fast so be sure to sign up quickly.
Much love to you and your furrkids,
“Now, here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery