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Horse Medicine
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Artist: Lanie of Free Spirit Gallery

Horse/Mustang's Wisdom Includes:

  • Power
  • Stamina
  • Endurance
  • Faithfulness
  • Freedom to run free
  • Control of the environment
  • Awareness of power achieved with true cooperation
  • Interspecies communication
  • Expanding one’s own potential abilities
  • Friendship and Cooperation
  • Travel
  • Astral travel
  • Guardian of travelers
  • Warns of possible danger
  • Guide to overcoming obstacles

Portrait by Kim McElroy
Kiger Sundance
Horse, like Dog and Cat, is one of those animals who has made an alliance with humankind. For thousands of years Horse has helped us to carry our burdens, grow our crops, travel our roads, even fight our wars.

One of the most striking things about Horse is a dignity that is impossible to diminish. Even pulling a plow or bearing the meanest burden, Horse maintains a noble bearing. Horse has shouldered his burdens without surrendering his essential nature. Even after his thousands of years of servitude when let loose to run wild Horse becomes in a very short time the untamed spirit he was destined to be. Perhaps this is Horse's greatest medicine, the knowledge that no matter what we have borne in the past, there always exists in us the waiting seed of our true selves. Horse shows us how to carry our burdens with ease and with dignity, but more importantly, he shows us that we are always and forever free.

The first thing one notices about Horse is his impressive size and physical power. He is among the biggest and strongest of the animal kingdom, especially among those animals who have close interaction with humankind. Horse medicine teaches us how to tap our own inner power and use it to enrich our lives whether that energy is used to run across the plains kicking our heels in joy and celebration of life, or to pull a plow while growing food to sustain life. Invoke Horse medicine for personal empowerment, for accessing your own power.

Horses are very socially oriented and live in relatively permanent herds. Normally among animals who form stable groups the males will, upon reaching maturity, strike out on their own while the grown daughters will stay in the mother's clan. But horses, both male and female, will leave the security of home to find, or form, their own herd. Invoke horse if you haven't yet gained complete independence and need to stand on your own feet now that you are an adult. Horse medicine helps us to find our own place in the world.

A newborn horse gets up and is moving about an hour after it is born. Whenever we begin something new, we are starting a learning process, like the new colt who is trying to use his legs for the first time. And like the colt, we are unsure of our footing and will wobble at first on shaky legs. This initial experience is the hardest part of any new project. But if we persist in our efforts, we'll soon be galloping towards our goal. Therefore, we invoke Horse medicine to get us through the early stages of new learning.

Who has not gazed in awe at the beauty of Horse in motion? Anyone who has ever ridden a horse know that when he is trotting it is almost impossible to say in the saddle. But when we allow the horse to set his own pace and he begins to gallop, then riding becomes a pleasure. We become one with the horse in an easy undulation across the plains. Horse teaches us that when we give our heart and soul full rein and let our spirit find its own rhythm, then we will ride through our lives with beauty and grace.

The most important thing to know about Horse is it's ritual of child rearing. When Horse suckles it's young the mare begins to be pulled down. Her back will sway, and her entire body seems to lower itself upon her legs. She gives her life to support life. When Horse deems it time for the colt to maintain on its own she refuses to let the little one suckle. Horse is one of the few animals that will wean the colt without human influence. She will not allow her young to destroy her own body. Here, Horse medicine is teaching us when we have done our job to push the colt out on its own. I think this is very important. We cannot let our children drain us dry. If so we become haggard and swayed.

Horse medicine is telling us all to spread our wings and fly and let the little ones who would suck us dry stand on their own two feet.

The horse shows both earthly strength and unearthly powers. It is regarded highly throughout the world and connected with the magical powers of shamans. With the help of the horse's speed, a person can cover long distances in a relatively short period of time. The horse has also made transportation of goods a lot easier. It is, therefore, the first and foremost totem animal of civilization. The power of an engine to this day is measured in horsepower.

Riding a horse conveys a sense of freedom. It teaches that power cannot be attained by force, but rather that it is given to him who is willing to accept responsibility in a respectful manner. Just as the horse carries its rider on its back, the rider carries responsibility for everything around him. The power of the horse is the wisdom to remember all the steps in one's life and learn from them. This includes experiences from a previous life. Real power is strength used with wisdom. This requires love, compassion, and the willingness to share one's achievements and insights with others. It is important not to let our ego deny us access to this power.

Horse is a journey to power through balance, wisdom, and responsibility.

A special thank you goes out to the Beloved Woman Starrah of the Bird Clan of East Central Alabama (a Free Cherokee Tribe) for helping me compile this information. Thank you Starrah!



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