The power of the horse: We’re only just beginning to understand

Bill Simpson with Ryder.
Bill Simpson with Ryder. © Laura Simpson

A recent British study showed horses have a memory for human emotion. Scientists found that horses could interpret the emotional expression of humans from photographs – and adjust their behaviour according.

Here at the Wildhorse Ranch high in the mountains in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area on the Oregon-California border, my wife Laura and I have lived among wild horses going on five years now, and have developed extensive empirical evidence and experience of the proofs in this study and more.

Horses, especially wild horses, have many abilities that humans are just beginning to understand, document and most importantly, explain to others.

Short of having been subjected to adversities at the hands of humans, wild horses have no malice or prejudice in them; they are loving sentient beings. So when a wild horse meets a human for the first time, they are open to interaction if they perceive a positive energy.

Majestic, one of the wild stallions of Wildhorse Ranch.
Majestic, one of the wild stallions of Wildhorse Ranch. © Laura Simpson

And if that interaction is a positive one an initial bond and memory is created (just like with humans), which can grow and develop into a genuine friendship. There are many aspects of such interactions that transcend the obvious, which involve the physics of field dynamics (coherence, interference, etc.) and bio-field energy coherence, a now emerging and expanding field of science.

The great people at the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) are providing a launching pad for this emerging field and have amassed a noted team of scientists and collaborating investigators.

We have all heard about the concept and value of ‘positive vibes’ and ‘negative vibes’… well it turns out that the physics and observational technologies have caught up to the point where these phenomena are being observed in labs and amazing results are being published.

And of great importance is that of all land mammals that we are currently aware, horses have some of the most powerful bio-fields coupled with empathic abilities, which can offer many therapeutic applications for humans.

For example:

Below is a video of my wife Laura interacting with an injured wild colt of about two years old.

He couldn’t graze properly or get to water so we continued supporting him for about two weeks. Then, he suddenly disappeared. About 6 months later on a full moon, he appeared at the door to our home. He came right up and started sharing breath and then threw his head over Laura’s shoulder as if he had been away only a few minutes. To this day, a year later, he visits us about once a month.

Society, starting with horse enthusiasts must make it point, as we have with dolphins and whales, to educate the masses as to what is at stake if wild horses are managed into extinction, as it is said by Professor Ross MacPhee at the American Museum of Natural History. They are also incredibly important to the ecosystems of the many biomes, and this too is overlooked by those not keeping up with key advancements in Biofield Physiology.

Those managing America’s wild horses need to listen to people who have an understanding of these animals and their unique behavioral ecology and their differences to domestic horses.

William E. Simpson

William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions - Legend of the Centaurians, proceeds from which go towards supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary. » Read Bill's profile

9 thoughts on “The power of the horse: We’re only just beginning to understand

  • May 11, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I have had experiences since I was a child with horses taking in every part of my being including seemingly reading my thoughts as if anticipating my next thoughts. They have a communication that travels through sensory perception. My Dad was a believer when I was a child the minute I connected to rogue and tough horses. Our first encounter with intellect and memorization of my emotional state was when I was able to be see a horse respond to a humans death. The horse was during the 1970s and needed to see it’s previous owner at the funeral home in order to understand they were not returning. So we took him. The funeral director understood, he said dogs, a cat, and a stray or 2 had visited the small home before to pay respects so why not a horse. He said they “get it”. Was it the right approach? Yes. I have had horses hug me, clutch my shoulder and firmly say goodbye, or wait until I was home to pass away. She touched my nose then laid down. My oldest horse actually felt my tears on face, wiped them with his forelock then coyly waited until I walked outside the stall whinnied goodbye and after a long life passed on, laying in his deep bed of straw that day he tucked his head in his front legs and looked asleep. He conveyed his desire for me not to see him go. I have met horses in pain or knew I was in pain, they either shared their grievances or searched my body with their nose until arriving at the conclusion yup, there’s a fractured rib, I didn’t know I had until my exrays! Horses seem to open up more when your happiest, they tend to study what you are asking then remember it, this being said I grew up learning old foundation appaloosa Never forgot anything. They enjoy scents and visually drinking you in. I think that’s why the Calvary had such bad luck with them and drove them to their deaths. The Appaloosa has a elephants memory for moods, attitudes are key and they memorize your actions. That makes every breed great. Arabs seems to have a higher knowledge of your physical motions, moving even more dramatically in response to them. My horses knew the day my mother died. They had their own moment of reverence in the barn, they were super quiet mumbling, never heard this humming like it before or since, every single horse. Each one hugged me over my shoulder without my requesting it. Each one watched my mood each day, offering love and attetiveness. I know it’s supposed to be cowboy tough but it’s truly best getting read and interpreted by a horse. My grandfather always said, ” If my dog don’t trust someone I don’t either, but if my horse doesn’t trust a person, you need to look at their mental health. I guess now I realize what he meant. Now have you ever wondered why horses seem to close off to some people and open up to others? You might be discovering now like above how maybe not why yet, but how it happens. Why, that answer lies within the HORSE and person pairs.

  • May 12, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Bill, I loved this article! You did a great job! I would like to learn more about this subject. Dr. Mitch Wilkinson

  • March 8, 2019 at 1:42 am

    My horses are my soulmates. I love your articles. Especially the one about grief and Pixie’s death…

  • March 8, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    More people need to listen to the horse,now more than ever. Love reading your articles.

  • March 9, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Loved all the post and comments

  • March 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    With a lifetime in horses, I have learned to watch and listen and use my intuition in concert with association with equidae, when I am in their company. They are our true spirit guides, and capable of many emotions which were generally attributed only to humans. To connect with horses is a privilege and a blessing. Horses make us so much better.

  • March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Loved this article. It validates all the feelings I had about horses when I was a young rider. Would like to keep up with the wild horse situation by reading more of your articles. Thank you for posting.

  • December 2, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Thank you, Bill. Horses are me life and keep me going at 82. My first one helped me raise 3 children when I was a single mom and needed her for therapy over 50 years ago. She was my best friend and now my 4 rescued wild horse mares are. Horses are sacred and spiritual.

  • December 3, 2020 at 6:39 am

    I enjoyed your article and all the comments. They are spot-on. If I could get to a place to where I could keep a couple of horses I know that I’ll be happier content and feel safe. Was around horses as a young lady and the bond is spiritual. It’s like We Are One. To see them interact from birth till death. I see it in a lot of the animal kingdom. Like elephants do as well.


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