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!
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 her and how she fits into that world. An under-active Crown Chakra crates 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 in the areas of their body that bring them more information.
On open, healthy High Solar Plexus Chakra allows your horse to have appropriate interactions with people as pertains to being ridden. This chakra is not as important in horses who are not domesticated or ridden. An over-active High Solar Plexus Chakra makes for a difficult to ride horse. They will be difficult to saddle train and flighty, they tend to never settle in to the horse/rider bond and resist the entire process. The under-active or blocked High Solar Plexus Chakra can cause a horse to take no pleasure in being ridden, they are like riding Eeyore, a big sigh and a "Well, if I HAVE to, let's go" mode just oozes from them.
On open, healthy Nose Chakra allows your horse to receive the information via their olfactory glands. While a horse does not have quite the sense of smell as a dog does, horses have a much more sensitive send of smell, than we do. An open Nose Chakra allows your horse to grab scent particles that tell them if there is danger nearby (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 on sounds in all the ranges their acute hearing. They can hear a higher range of sounds than we do, think of how their ears twirl and twitch as they sonar-like gather every crack of a twig. Open, clear Ear Chakras enable horses to hear this full range. Closed, blocked Ear Chakras; whether due to stress, loud or high pitched noises or the side effects of ear infections can cause your horse to be agitated, anxious or depressed.
When they are open and clear, the Hoof Chakras ensure a constant, connected flow of communication and harmony with the energy grids of the Earth. Hoof Chakras also allow our horses to discharge or send energy back into the Earth. Think of your horse pawing the ground or kicking up his heels. He is sending his signal out to the world and dispersing spent energy.
Your horse's Hoof Chakras are critical to their safety and well-bring. Those four relatively small points are what connect your horse to the earth, allowing them to turn and run when danger is detected.
The Tail Chakra in horses acts as an extension of the Root Chakra in many ways. It provides additional grounding and a feeling of security. It also connects to the Throat Chakra to provide more open communication channels. 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. Just like dogs, tails clamped down to the body show fearfulness.
What about horse whose tails have been docked? In my opinion, 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?