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  • Writer's pictureSam MacLean

The Art of Being with a Horse

One of my favorite things to do is to hang out with the horses who live with us. And, when I say “hang-out” I mean…. just “being” with the horses and donkeys.



No expectations


No need for me to touch and pet


No desire to teach anything


No impulse to direct or control or move


No checking my phone


No thought of being “leader”


Just…being. Me being with these other sentient beings who are just being


We share the same ground upon which we step


We share the same air that we each inhale


We feel the same cool fall breeze on our skin


We smell the same fall scent of decaying leaves


We hear the same final calls of the Sandhill Cranes down in our wetlands


I pay attention…not in a laser-focused way as if to analyze their gait


I pay attention…in a soft, spacious way as if I can sense it all


I can almost sense the space between me and a horse contract right before he moves


I can feel my breath begin to synch with the horse’s breath


I can sense when the horse quietly approaches from behind me to sniff the back of my head



I just be…slowing my breath, deepening my breath…allowing my breath to be light so that my nervous system remains calm


The feeling of gratitude envelopes me


I radiate the feeling of gratitude out into the world from my heart just like the sun shining its golden rays with equanimity


I fill our world with the feeling of gratitude


This is how the horse will know to trust you…this is how you will learn to trust your horse


This is me being with horses...join me!

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