A few years ago the idea of chakras at all was still in the realm of New Age, maybe a bit fringe or "out there" thinking. However you wish to view the concept of chakras; as energy centers, energetic meridians, acupressure points or even energized body parts, the study of chakras is much more accepted and mainstream now.
There has been a huge surge of interest interest in alternative medicine and a more holistic approach to health for our horses. Personally, I feel horse people have always been among the first to try newer and less invasive treatments. Thank you, for leading the way!
If you are familiar with chakra systems, this next bit may be a bit redundant. But I do not think anyone is allowed to write anything about Chakras without using the words - ancient wheel and Sanskrit - at some point.
Chakra is an ancient word that means wheel in Sanskrit. Most agree there are seven main Chakras that are found roughly along the center of the body. These main Chakras govern our responses to the energy around us.
The three lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus) govern basic survival needs. The four upper chakras (heart, throat, third eye and crown) govern our mental processes.
No one chakra is better than another. The terminology UPPER and LOWER refers only to the placement on the body. We often focus on a chakra we feel is more "spiritual." Keep in mind, that without a solid root chakra the most enlightened being on earth will feel disconnected from the earth and have issues with being grounded. Also, if someone is too grounded, they may lack imagination and creativity. It's all about BALANCE! Learn How to Balance Your Horse's Chakras Here
Think of Chakras as a car's various systems. A car firing on all the cylinders or pistons (or whatever the heck that analogy is) will run smoothly. If the brakes are worn out, the oil is sludge or the carbureator is crappy, the car will run roughly, guzzle gas and a tire may blow. When everything is tuned up and in good shape - smooth travels result.
When our chakra energetic systems are open, balanced and in correct alignment, all is good. We jump out of bed happy to see what the day brings, our emotions are level and life is good. But, when our chakra systems are out of balance, it disrupts every aspect of our lives. We can literally feel off-balance!
Chakras can be under-active (not open enough). When this is the case the other chakras have to work overtime to take up the slack. Over-active chakras drain energy from the other chakras and also lead to an off balanced state.
Our horses are among the most sensitive of creatures They are tuned into us on many levels; emotionally, intuitively and physically. If our chakras are out of balance that imbalance can affect our horse's chakras. And you know what happens when we are nervous tense or stressed…those emotions travel down the reins or lead rope to your horse and before you know it, your horse has absorbed your stress and is a rattled mess. Our out of whack chakras can cause our horses to chakras to become unbalanced. Calm, relaxed horse owners help make for balanced, content horses.
There are seven agreed upon chakras for all creatures with a spine. Well, as agreed upon as anything ever is. Horses have additional/secondary chakras that are as important to them as the main chakras. Their High Solar Plexus Chakra, Nose Chakra, Ear Chakra, Hoof Chakra and Tail Chakra centers are all covered below.
If the Root Chakra is balanced, open and in sync, your horse should feel safe, secure and grounded. This leads to a more confident, trusting horse. If your horse is fearful, high strung or nervous, the Root Chakra may be under-active. An over-active Root Chakra may create a greedy horse, one who pushes others out of the way for food, water or attention. They crave routine and any small change may throw them off.
With an open and balanced Sacral Chakra your horse's feelings are expressed appropriately, not TOO affection and not overly aloof. They are open to affection and loving. An under active Sacral Chakra leads to a stiff horse, lacking in emotion or warmth. This is the horse who hangs back and is wary of attention or contact. An over-active Sacral Chakra can cause your horse to be too emotional and flightly. They may be needy, emotionally attached to people and separation anxiety may be an issue. Think Drama Queen or King.
An open, healthy Solar Plexus Chakra enables your horse to feel in control of themselves and confident. An under-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your horse to be skittish and timid. An over-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your horse to be pushy, intimidating, domineering and maybe even aggressive. Yes, the bully of the herd!
An open, balanced, aligned Heart Chakra will allow your horse to be loving and friendly, a pleasure to ride, a delight to have in the herd. An under-active Heart chakra may cause your horse to be afraid of everything, cold and keep you at a distance emotionally. I personally do not feel there are over-active Heart Chakras in horses.
An open, aligned Throat Chakra allows your horse to express herself and make her needs known. An under-active Throat Chakra makes for a timid, shy, even introverted horse. An over-active Throat Chakra in horses leads to continual whinnying, braying or vocalizing.
An open and balanced Third Eye chakra allows your horse to fit in easily with their herd and the people in their life. An under-active, Third Eye will inhibit your horse's ability to think on her own. Your horse may be easily confused or timid, unable to make a decision without being led. (I am exercising extreme willpower to keep from a leading horse to water reference). An over-active Third Eye and your horse may live in a fantasy horse work and do nothing but play and frolic. Hey, that doesn't actually sound bad to me!
An open Crown Chakra allows your horse to be aware of the world around them and how they fit. An under-active Crown Chakra creates that sad horse who never quite fits in. The horse that is excluded from the herd games and activities. An over-active Crown Chakra creates a pensive, worried, anxious horse who works themselves up over nothing.
Horses have additional energy in the following chakras that bring them more information.
On open, healthy High Solar Plexus Chakra allows your horse to be either a pleasant horse to ride and enjoy...or not. This chakra is not as important in horses who aren't ridden. An over-active High Solar Plexus Chakra causes a difficult to ride, flighty horse. They never settle in to the horse/rider bond and always test and resist. The under-active/blocked High Solar Plexus Chakra causes a horse to not enjoy being ridden, like riding Eeyore. A big sigh and a "Well, if I HAVE to, let's go" vibe just oozes from them.
On open, healthy Nose Chakra allows your horse to receive info via their olfactory glands. While a horse doesn't have the sense of smell a dog does, it is much more sensitive than ours. An open Nose Chakra allows your horse to grab scent particles warning them of danger (good old fight or flight), the sex and temperament of a new horse to the group and if the humans they are interacting with are confident or afraid. An under-active Nose Chakra inhibits this info gathering ability.
Balanced, open Ear Chakras allow your horse to pick up many ranges of sound with their acute hearing. Horses hear a higher range of sounds than we do, their ears twirl and twitch as they gather every crack of a twig. Open Ear Chakras enable horses to hear a full sound range. Closed, blocked Ear Chakras; caused by stress, ear infections or loud noises can cause your horse to be agitated or anxious.
Clear Hoof Chakras ensure a constant, connected flow of communication and harmony with the energy grids of the Earth. Open Hoof Chakras also allow horses to send energy back into the Earth. When your horse paws the ground or kicks up their heels, they are dispersing spent energy and making themselves known.
Your horse's Hoof Chakras are critical to their safety and well-bring. Those four hooves connect your horse to the earth, allowing them to pivot and run when danger is detected.
The Tail Chakra acts as an extension of the Root Chakra in many ways. Horses share a lot of information via their tails; they swish their tails to get rid of pesky insects, tails are held high in delight when horses frolic, stallions hold tails high to show dominance and like dogs, tails clamped down show fearfulness.
What about horse whose tails have been docked? We feel the lack of a tail puts horses at a disadvantage. Other horses cannot read signals from them as easily and may misinterpret their motives. Have you seen a horse walking into a new herd with that high, stiff swishing tail...pulled up really tall? That is an "I am friendly, but if you act snarky, I will be all up in your stuff" message.
Now that you know about your horse's chakras and what each of them does, what the heck can you DO to help them be in balance, aligned and firing on all chakra cylinders?