What Animals Understand?

I talk to my horse. In Portuguese of course because he is a Lusitano, but I do talk to him. You would be surprised at how much animals understand.

They say that animals can actually interpret what we visualise. Mum would always tell me to go through my test in my head before bed, and I just thought it was a great way to get sleep quickly the night before a competition 😉

A read a study today by Jennifer Viegas who found that horses also understand words better than expected, according to the research, and possess “excellent memories,” allowing horses to not only recall their human friends after periods of separation, but also to remember complex, problem-solving strategies for ten years or more.

She added that “horses are able to learn and memorize human words” and can hear the human voice better than even dogs can, due to their particular range of hearing.”

It’s amazing what animals tell us, if we are up to listen.

I’m the only one who can tell when Batialo is mad at me. Valdeni would notice too, (Batialo’s second best mate), but others would not.

When I was 13 my grey horse got sick, and he pushed me with his nose, following me around the paddock, and I knew exactly what he was telling me, he was not ok.

I think that knowing animals all your life, and even having the ability to create a partnership with them through training and riding, actually helps you with people.

My mum isn’t a very emotional mum. She isn’t one to directly tell you things, so as her daughter I can interpret what she is saying, without her having to actually say it.

I can hear in her voice when she tells me how all her friends ask after me and say they love my articles, and they follow my journey, that she is proud of me.

When she messages me at midnight when I’m sick to see if I’m ok, or she gets grumpy with me when she hasn’t received an email for two days, this is because she is worried.

My father never told me he wasn’t ok. My greatest regret is that I didn’t see it. Because I wasn’t looking for it.

I think we live in a world where people waste a lot of time telling people how they feel without showing it, or noticing it. I care a lot about the people that I care a lot about, and I make sure they know it.

I learnt early that you just never know when it will be the last time you see someone, and I have kept that with me always.

So, now I go everyday to my horse, and I imagine it’s the last time I will ever ride him. Sometimes it’s good to just be grateful for the ability to do what you love.

We spend so many hours thinking on how we should be better, without truly enjoying what we have right now.

I’m not back competing yet, but I’m closer than I was a month ago. I tell my mum everyday how lucky I am, because I know that my happiness means the world to her.

I tell the people whose happiness matters to me, that it matters to me.

I tell my horse, that I have faith in him, and that I think we are a brilliant team, and although he says nothing back, I know that he hears me :).