The Owl’s Corner #2, May 2011 – Species Preferences

May 3, 2011 by  
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Can we generalize about what species and breeds prefer,
or it is best to "go to the horse's mouth" as individuals?

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Shoshana A. asks:

"As an animal-lover and aspiring animal-communicator, one of my more compelling curiosities is what type of environment different animals would prefer to inhabit, if given the choice.

"For example, do horses tend to prefer living in an open field with a tree for shelter, or in a stall?  If so, does this vary by individual/breed?  Are there any other lifestyle factors (such as working every day, rotating types of exercise, types of feed, size of stall, degree of light) that horses tend to prefer, or does degree of selectivity and preference vary by individual?

"I understand that this level of specificity is likely greater than what is generally communicated, but I'm curious if there is a lifestyle preference among individuals and species.

"Thank you so much for your insight."


3 Responses to “The Owl’s Corner #2, May 2011 – Species Preferences”
  1. WaggingTales says:

    Hello Shoshana,

    Thanks for your great question. Each individual animal has it’s own personality and preferences, just like human’s. I never assume what the animals preference would be until I communicate with them. The animals will be more than gald to share with you their wants and needs.

    Tim Link

  2. spiritweave says:

    Dear Shoshana ~

    There is such incredible depth to life. The most concise answer would be that each individual has his/her own preferences. However, that doesn’t preclude breed tendencies. The circuitous nature of this response is meant to be neither contradictory nor confounding. But, as specific as the sample questions you pose appear to be, the horse – whether individual or breed – is likely to need even more information before responding.

    Would s/he rather live in a field or stall? There are such intricacies to take into consideration. What experiences will the horse view as providing fulfillment at this particular stage of life? What circumstances are best designed to accommodate dreams or life purpose? What company would be kept in either setting? Of what value are the possible relationships if the horse may interact with others of the same species, with people, dogs, cows, birds – or that shade tree? What is s/he here to learn? And teach? Many horses would be challenged to separate any given question from the interdependence of all aspects that comprise their lives.

    Similarly with work, exercise, and size of stall, the fullness of the picture is paramount. Types of feed may best be further individualized for, even beyond breed, each body seems to process nutrition with slightly unique nuances. The degree of light question is a fascinating one. Again, prior to replying, the horse may ask for additional details, such as what is in the specific light. Light, in different places and at different times of day, may have characteristics beyond our ability to perceive. For instance, what is its degree of texture? What color pattern exists within it? (I once asked a bird what its song meant to it. Regrettably, I was unprepared for the beauty of the answer. My delightful experience of the song had been limited to, and by, my human sense of hearing. If asked, I would have recognized that sound is vibratory. Nevertheless, when the bird shared the physical feeling of its song, my body was so overcome by the intensity that I had to cut short my “lesson”.)

    All species, and individuals therein, have such richness of experience and wisdom to share. May your pursuit be joy-filled and awe-inspiring!

    Barbara Ellis

  3. Hi Shoshana,
    Thanks for your great question. Animals can be very specific in their preferences, and will often communicate about those when asked. I’ve found that it’s better to not generalize too much across species or groups of animals–that each can have their individual preferences, needs, and desires, and that those can sometimes be very different than others of their “kind”.

    For example, I’d say that most of the horses I have communicated with really enjoy their outside time; however, I’ve also had some that say they prefer to be in their stall, or in some other kind of environment, for various reasons. Some dogs really need to understand pack hierarchy; for others, it’s fairly irrelevant. It all depends on the individual animal and their history, soul journey, desires, and needs.

    The best thing to do is always to ask the individual animal, if you can. You may discover some interesting (and sometimes amusing!) perspectives. 🙂

    I wish you well in your animal communication study and practice!

    Nancy Windheart