Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Four Urgent Concerns Horses Want You to Know Now!

Have you ever wondered if your horse was trying to tell you something? He probably is. Animal communicator Julie Saillant lets us know four things our horses want us to know … now!

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I was 15 years old and had just tucked my horse in for the night.

He brought her in, drenched from the rain, took off her tack and left. He didn’t brush her and she had whip marks on her shoulders. She was a lovely mare that he beat every time he rode, except this time, it was worse.

I was the only one in the barn, when I heard, “Help! Please help me!”

I turned around and I was the only person there. I heard it again: “Help me!” And I saw her looking at me with large, sad eyes.

I went to her stall and saw blood around her pasterns where he had run her through barb wire fencing, leaving her bleeding and wet in her stall.

She looked at me and said, “Please help me, I am in pain. What did I do wrong?”

My heart broke as I realized her dire situation. I got her help, staying with her until she was taken care of.

It wasn’t until later that night I realized a horse had spoken to me in a complete sentence, mind to mind.


Being an Equine Communicator and Intuitive Energy Coach, I have come to understand that horses are very complex, smart and social animals. They each have their own unique voice, personality, likes and dislikes.

What you may not know is that they LOVE to help humans, and when they speak,  there is no fluff, lying or ulterior motives involved. They communicate clearly and are very precise with what they want you to know. Horses are experts at living in the present, offering forgiveness and unconditional love. However, there are things they ask of us.

Below are four urgent concerns horses tell me frequently. They asked me to explain each one so that we can have positive consistent communication with them.


Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Please be honest with me and don’t hide if you are nervous or afraid. The more you try to fake it, the more uneasy I become.”

Horses are helpful to humans due to their incredible healing abilities. The horse is a metaphor for the human and they will mirror what one is going through with whomever is in front of them.

#1 Be Transparent

Horses know when you are afraid. They feel your fear and have the unique ability to look into your soul. If you are nervous when you ride, instead of trying to mask the fear and pretend all is well, simply tell them you are nervous. For example, you could say, “For some reason I am nervous today. I’m going to try my best, and I ask that you support me.” This is reasonable and congruent to a horse and I have seen nervous horses calm down significantly when the fear is addressed.

No matter if you are a professional or amateur, many riders face fears daily when working with their horses. When you try to disguise what the horse senses as truth (your fear), they will get stressed and nervous, mimicking your emotions.

Begin to practice ways to let them know all will be well and that you are addressing your fears. You can use meditation and calming practices, as well as working with a trainer or equine communicator to work thru anxiety or nervousness.


Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Please clue me in as to what we are doing today. The more information I have, the better I can perform.”

#2 Tell Me the Plan!

If I put you in a car and started driving, would you be startled? Would you want to know where we were going and what was going to happen when we got to our destination?

Of course, you would! That is what horses want. They would like to be told, “This is what we are doing today”.

Most equestrians usually have a game plan of how we want our ride to look and what we want to accomplish. It would be beneficial for both horse and rider if the rider communicated what they wanted from the horse during their time together. Not only should we ask with our physical bodies, but also tell them verbally. They will understand what you want and will respond accordingly.

This unique way of communicating brings a new spiritual element to your relationship. Horses are sentient beings and although this may feel counterintuitive to you, this is the best way they connect with humans.

Being open to this kind of interaction could make all the difference in the work that you do together.

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Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Please ask for permission to enter my stall or work with me.”

#3 Please Ask Us

Equestrians are known for being competitive with type A personalities.

Communicators always ask for permission to speak with a horse before the work starts. This is a way of establishing dialogue between both parties and starts the conversation on a positive note. In that same way, they would like to be asked for their permission before you start working with them. If we barge into their stalls, slap on their tack and start a lesson without letting them know what our goals are, they can get anxious.

Most horses are perfectly happy to support us, so a quick “Do you mind if I come into your stall?” goes really far with them. Ask them for help, ask for support and ask for permission.


Straight from the horse’s mouth: “I don’t like what I do, I want to do something different.”

Horses have specific passions just like people. Some love to jump, some enjoy ground work and some like to run as fast as they can over obstacles they can conquer.

#4 Can We Try Something Different? I need a break!

Very frequently, I hear from horses that are uncomfortable and unhappy with their job. Most love to work, but it needs to be the right job for the right horse. For example, if you are a Dressage rider and your horse seems bored, unsatisfied and is trying to duck out of work, he may not be in the right discipline or he may be frustrated, especially if you have entered a new level or frequency of work.

Does your horse get “ouchy” after jumping a course and he never used to be sore? It could be an indication that an increase in the work schedule, frequency and difficulty may not be a fit for the horse.

Some signs of stress include trying to run out of the ring, not paying attention to your cues or being “looky, looky.” Those are signs of a horse that is ready for a change, needs a break or is not interested or comfortable in what you are trying to accomplish.

If you are out of sync more than in sync, begin to pay attention to the signals your horse is sending you. They start small and will get louder and bigger if they are ignored.

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Most importantly, many horses say “I wish my owner would spend more quality down time with me, talking and connecting with me.”

The more time you can spend connecting heart to heart with your horse, the better your relationship will be. If you need help reconnecting or deepening your bond, please contact me here. It’s my belief that when you have a deep spiritual connection with your horse, everything changes for the better.

Julie Saillant is an Equine Communicator and Intuitive Mindset Coach who helps equestrians in the areas of stress, time management, performance issues, communication skills and boundary setting.  She is the bridge between horses and riders and is here to give you tools so you can interact with your horse on a deeper level. Book a time to talk to her at

Julie and Zeus. Photo by Kristen Lee.

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