So in my first post about Simon’s animal communicator, I told you all the “general” information she shared and his initial question. Maybe because it was general, but a lot of that information was still in the “Hmm, this could be legit?” category instead of the “I’m a believer!” category. After the first twenty minutes or so of talking, she asked me what questions I had for Simon.
First, I addressed the “younger girl” who Simon was broken hearted about. I told the communicator to tell him that she had gone to college, but was totally fine and riding other horses. Simon said he was glad to hear that, and hopes she comes to say hello sometime. This is a pretty general response that any human/animal would say.
After “telling” him that D was okay, I then asked about his experience at the barn where I got him from. Simon said he was “one of many.” This barn has a *LOT* of school horses, so that makes perfect sense. He said that he spoke more spanish there than he does now. At the time, there were no spanish speaking grooms I am aware of. We also don’t have any spanish speaking grooms now. He said he liked the people who led him around and took care of him at the previous barn more than the current barn. I don’t believe this. He did not like the previous farm hand at my old barn, but the current employees say he is so nice and pleasant at current barn.
He said that “not much made them happy” at the previous barn. I believe this. They are nice folks, but Simon hard a hard time excelling there (often lame) and he was never one of the favorite school horses by any means. The feed was not as nutritious at old barn as it is now. This is true – I just changed him to Ultium. The old barn had “no real fun” and he compared it to the animal communicator’s background at a Catholic school. This is hard to say, because old barn can be very relaxed with lots of fun events. However, Simon was never one of the “chosen” school horses and didn’t go to horse shows. With his personality, I can see him not thinking the previous environment was much ‘fun’ for him.
I’d like to add here that there’s nothing wrong with old barn. I don’t want someone to read this, connect the dots and think “Oh I shouldn’t board there!” These are somewhat sketchy horse comments via animal communicator… now let’s continue 🙂
The animal communicator asked what happened to him at this barn, and said did he “flunk out”? I pretty much agreed without trying to disclose too much information. She told me that horses will become lame or develop behaviors when they want to change their situation. She told me that Simon was showing her a photograph, and that’s how he decided to become my horse. Someone showed me a photograph of him, and I decided that I would keep him. There was no physical photograph, but the first time I ever “looked” at Simon my former trainer led him out for me. I stood back and looked at him on the lead with her holding him, and said “He looks like a pretty nice horse!” That’s a very clear mental image in my mind, but it wasn’t a physical photograph and it also wasn’t the same moment I decided to keep him.
I asked the communicator to check with him about any physical pain. She immediately said, “His back end feels really tight and stiff. Maybe something in his hips?” He has a chronic weak hind end and has been falling out a little bit more lately. Usually “out” in the hips when the chiro comes out. I also did not send her a conformation photo for her to see the lack of muscling visually. His right front foot was either “hot or numb”, but it wasn’t anything to worry about. She asked if he had a scar on that leg. He has a scar from removing a sarcoid tumor on his right front. On the left front, he has a scar from what looks like stepping on himself very badly before I got him.
His stomach is good. He might like to see the chiropractor, because he told her “His neck could be longer! Both times we’ve had the chiro out he’s been VERY out in his poll. She then laughed, and told me that Simon was really funny. He told her very clearly, “My smile works really well!” He makes a lot of funny faces very often, so this made me laugh too.
Since one of Simon’s first thoughts was “Play more, more!” I asked the communicator what he thought was fun. She said there was a smaller horse or pony that he wants to be turned out with. He said, “It wouldn’t be fun to be riding with this small horse” but that he would like to be loose in the pasture with him and kick up his heels a little bit. He is OBSESSED with my trainer’s small/medium pony. Charming lives way across the farm and if Simon can see him from a distance he will stop and stare, fascinated. I believed this. When we have ridden in the ring with the pony, he’s so distracted that I have to get after him to pay attention to what I’m doing… which he hates being scolded so maybe that’s why riding with the pony wouldn’t be fun?
He said hand grazing is fun. Duh. Simon said “going the long way instead of the short way” is really fun. He told her that he “gets physically bigger” when we go the long way, and that he likes to show off for the other horses. He likes to show me off, because he is very proud of me. This was a little spooky. There are two ways I will cool off after a ride, and the “long way” is up and down the driveway which is also in front of the horse paddocks. Simon indeed puffs up and power walks, acting like he’s an 18hh racehorse.
He does not think trail rides are fun. He’s spooky and worried in new places out of the ring. Neither one of us enjoy it. We love arenas.
I asked about his training, and she started with very general answers. He is positive for his training. Specifically, he is very positive about walking into the ring at horse shows. He says we haven’t shown in a while. True. Last show was early June. Simon told her that he really enjoyed hearing the announcer over the intercom say his show name when he walked into the ring. He loves his show name (Something So Right) and it makes him very proud. He tends to puff up and get pretty excited at shows. Also, hearing the announcer is something I always dreamed of when I was a little kid… so he might feel that and feed off my energy too. This made me smile, and I believe it.
I asked about the post riding routine (hosing, icing, liniment, etc) and what he thought of it. First she said he sent her images of lunging, and asked if I lunged ever. I never lunge. Hate it and so does he. Then she said he was sending her pictures of treats – something red. Maybe watermelon? He wasn’t positive on carrots, so she wasn’t sure what it was. He’s never had watermelon as far as I know, and he’s a very picky eater. His favorite treats are Mrs. Pastures which have a red lid on the bucket but that’s it. She said he likes being sprayed with the hose, and that he was “like a dog” when I sprayed him down. He hates his face being sprayed, but shows no pros or cons to me for the rest of it. He rarely shakes.
She told me that I seem to go out and see him a lot, maybe five or six days a week? I typically hit 4-5 days a week when my life isn’t in chaos.
He showed her an image of me dancing with my arms in the air holding brushes. He said that I am joyful, and I ask him what area he wants me to brush next. He gets to choose, and he thinks all of this is very fun. He considers it a fun dance. I don’t dance around at all, but I will talk to him when brushing and I will ask him what areas are itchy. If he is itchier in one area more than another, I brush that a lot more. I’m usually in a good mood during this, and am pretty playful with him.
He was positive on icing and liniment.
Next, I asked him about my horse trainer. Now I will leave out some of his answers to protect her privacy, but I felt like it was very accurate. A bit spooky accurate. He said she was kind of strict. She asks “in her mind” before her body, and he likes that a lot. She’s not a trainer that does a lot of kicking. She is perfect for where he is at right now. She can take a horse all the way to their full potential. She is perfect for him. I have always thought she is perfect for him and I call her the “Simon whisperer”.
I asked him about horse racing, even though I know he didn’t officially race. She said, “did he race?” because when she asked him if he was a “track horse” he said no. He did train at the track briefly, but never raced. She said they took him away from his mother too young, but he was never abused at all. He was bratty and mad at the track. He kicked his stall with his back legs and his front legs. Nothing bad happened to his mom, but it was too soon to be taken from her. He kicked a lot. He said, “They really hated the kicking!” They dismissed him, and that was perfect because he did not want to be a race horse. I’ve spoken briefly with his breeder, and they are nice people. No idea about the bratty behavior. He does kick in his stall now quite a bit during feeding time. I was told they decided not to race him because of locking stifle conformation.
Finally, she asked Simon why he came to me (I guess as the reincarnated spirit thing?) as the final question. His first answer was a joke, “It wasn’t to drain her bank account!” I’ve made several jokes about that in front of him, but what horse owner hasn’t? She asked him if it was to show me what unconditional love felt like, but he said “No, she already knows that.” True.
Simon said he was here because I wanted to win. and he wants to win too. There was more elaboration, but basically he thinks winning is fun and he knows that we both want to do that. So that’s why he’s here with me.
Truth is, before Simon I desperately wanted to be part of the hunter/jumper world in any capacity but never really had the right horse/timing/match/finances. Now things are starting to come together, and I’ve had more success with him than any other horse. I have a lot to work on, but I’m a deeply competitive person. He also tends to light up at shows when he knows he’s done his job well, so maybe it’s true. Maybe he’s my sweet, competitive horse show buddy.
This has been a long summary, so I’ll be brief. Some of this was bogus, some of it was thought provoking and some of it was creepy. I’ll probably hire another animal communicator in the future. Maybe not this specific one (or maybe so!), but I was intrigued enough to give it another go. If nothing else, this gave me something to look forward to and smile about in a tough time. Totally worth the $95 for that alone!