2018 Series 1
The Foundations of Perception
January 22- February 16, 2018
Welcome! Here you will find all of the content for the Foundations of Perception Course in the order in which it is presented in class.
Welcome! Here you will find all of the content for the Foundations of Perception Course.
Summary of Session 1 The Foundations of Perception:
Healthy horses utilize all of their senses to assess their environment. It’s not in their nature to stop and think, or analyze how they are receiving information, or if what they are receiving is relevant. They greet the world in reception mode – they hear, see, smell, taste and feel everything in their environment.
Perceiving so completely gives horses tons of information almost instantly. A nervous system likes information, in fact, the more the better. Receiving instantaneous feedback from multiple systems gives horses an accurate read in a split second. That’s why you see herds of horses or other grazing animals pop their heads up and orient towards a potential threat virtually at the same time. Just as quickly, they flee the area or go back to grazing as though nothing has happened.
This way of being in communication with each other and the world is efficient, effective and fosters a sense of ease. After all, conservation of energy is key to survival for a grazing animal! They literally can’t afford to expend energy on over reacting to every little thing. In a healthy herd of horses, you just won’t see a horse jumping around and spooking at every little thing.
All beings, including us humans, are born with the innate ability to connect with our environment in the same way horses do. Can you remember being a small child and feeling a sense of curiosity and wonder - how everything you saw, felt and experienced was new and amazing? Do you still have that sense of childlike wonder or has life taught you dampen or diminish it?
This session lays the all important foundation for being able to re-awaken or refine our abilities to perceive the world on more equal footing with our horses. We will, in a sense, be stepping into their world!