A few weeks ago a friend gave me a book to read. It’s “Horse, Follow Closely” by GaWaNi Pony Boy. The book I read was printed in 2000 and this was the fifth printing.

GaWaNi Pony Boy starts with an explanation of the herd, then he relates an incident. A horse got loose and he followed on his horse to catch it. They went through all sorts of obstacles, including a barbed-wire fence. About 5 kilmetres later the horse was caught. GaWaNi Pony Boy rode his horse back along the route he’d just ridden and was astonished at what he saw. He remembered that he’d never given his horse a cue and the horse read his intention and went exactly where GaWaNi wanted him to go.

The rider was primarily astonished! Then he got to thinking. While pursuing the loose horse GaWaNi was incredibly focused. The horse he was riding mimicked his focus. Talk about “reading the rider’s mind”. Rider and horse were one.

GaWaNi Pony Boy describes some games to play with your horse. One of them is to sit quietly on the horse and focus on where you want to go. Try really hard to not give any cues with your body. The split second the horse starts to move in the direction you’re thinking about, praise it. After practicing this mind communication you will get better and better. GaWaNi also suggests sitting quietly on the horse and thinking “I am going to back up”. Once again, the rider rewards the horse for the first hint of moving backwards.

Well, I fetched Spring Song from the field, tacked her up and practiced the games. I’m not an animal communicator, but I did get the feeling that Spring Song was AMAZED that I knew how to talk to her with my mind. She was proud of me! This three-year-old filly very quickly responded to my thoughts forwards and backwards.

I also did these games on Zelador. We’ve done similar games through the years. The difference was: in the past I’ve thought “Zelador, let’s go to the pedestal”. Now I thought, “I’m going to the pedestal.”