What on Earth is a humanised horse you might wonder? To me, it’s a horse who has, somehow, become detached from his own species and feels closer to humans than his peers.
They are not common, but they do exist.
These horses radiate an aura and you can feel there is something different. As people, we either love them or blatantly hate them.
They are always in your face but they are not to be confused with the attention seekers. They simply enjoy human company.
They are usually considered loners and will stand proud and serene away from the herd. They are normally at the top of the hierarchy as no one can really bully them. Some are the Alphas.
When a human is in sight, they will happily come without being called and will stay around. They don’t want anything (or maybe some food.. but don’t they all!).
When with other horses, they mix but not for long. The herd respects them and doesn’t mess with them. They are not friend with any particular horse. They are protective but not overly as they don’t really look out for the others.
They are not lead and are very confident. They trust their own judgement so if a peer gets frightened, they don’t automatically follow.
They have a mind of their own. It is usually difficult to “make” them do something unless they are happy to please the person. Some people call them “pig headed”, stubborn, difficult etc.
Some even wonder why you would own a horse like that. The answer is that they are very close to their owners. In a selfish way, it is rewarding for the owner to have a horse who enjoys you more than his brothers and sisters! The bond or connection that can be established with the owners is one of a kind. It is easier for us because we don’t have to think like a horse… these horses think very closely like us.
But how come a horse gets to this abnormal stage?
Based on my work and experience, these horses have spent lots of time with humans from a young age, not only in this lifetime, but in previous ones as well. You find them often in race horses and maybe the Thoroughbred is more inclined to become humanised than, lets say a Quarter Horse. They have been deprived from the normal life of horses and from being let to be a horse from a young age.
In previous lives, they have worked closely with humans and have formed a close bond with one particular owner. In this lifetime, it is quite often that both owner and horse have reunited. Their owners “know” them inside out. They know how to communicate with them, they share same feelings and emotions, they are attuned to each other.
This might sound like any other fantastic close bond a person can have with their horse. The distinctive difference is that the horse prefers to spend time with humans than with the herd.
Do you need to change this behaviour?
Honestly, if the horse is happy, I don’t believe it needs to be changed. Especially if the horse is already of a certain age and quite set in his habits and customs, it would create devastating effects to his mental well-being.
These horses do need to be with other horses though. All horses do. If you have a humanised horse and remove him completely from his species, not only his behaviour will aggravate, but he will feel unbalanced, ungrounded. Because even in these cases, there is still and will always have the unbreakable connection to the species.
Horses are spiritual beings with intense raw energy and connections to the various planes. They have knowledge of the unknown and of the Collective Blue Print (I will be writing an article on this subject soon) and even when isolated, deprived, abused and left in the worse conditions, they never lose this amazing connection. This is imprinted in their genetic makeup.
So to sum it up, provide these horses with companion horses and make sure you give them plenty of opportunities to be with you. Love them and care for them. They will be there for you.. always