What is the Spirit Meaning of Horse?

Horse spirit animalThe Horse is a bit of a contradiction. Besides the Dog, no other animal has been more used (or abused) by humans. Yet Horse has always symbolized the free spirit and the wild frontier.

Truthfully, Horse is both loyal and free-spirited.  If this power animal has entered your life it may point to a need to balance your own needs and desires with your need and desire to be of service to others. (If you ride horses, you will appreciate how important the concept of balance is where these animals are concerned!)

horse power animal Horse can help you do this if you’re up for the ride. Few other animals can match Horse’s combination of speed, strength and stamina. Horse is a wonderful power animal for forward momentum. Depending on the road you have before you, it can carry you swiftly over the obstacles in your path, or patiently over the long haul. If you move or must deal with change, Horse can help you adapt to and move easily through whatever environment or circumstances you pass through.

Horses are also extremely sensitive and pick up easily on the
feelings and emotions of the people around them.
In fact, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a new kind of therapy in which horses help people overcome addictions, depression, trauma, and other mental health challenges. It is not uncommon for those with this animal totem to have empathic abilities.

horse totem animal The shadow side of Horse has a lot to do with two things: fear and impulsivity. Horses are prey animals and their main line of protection is to run. Unfortunately, when they get frightened they will sometimes run amok. If you have strong Horse energy you may struggle with a tendency to act impulsively. It may be hard for you to stay the course, or you may find yourself shying away from your true path when challenges come your way.

But of course you will always be challenged if you are on a path that matters. So Horse people are well advised to work on grounding and on training their minds to stay in control. Basically, you want to be a compassionate rider who can partner with your inner horse to keep him calm and happy enough to take you where you want to go with speed and power.

Beauty is, of course, subjective, but with their long flowing tails, tossing manes and elegance of motion, many people find themselves captivated by the beauty of the Horse. There is something highly spiritual about these animals, and about the experience of riding them, that can’t be explained in ordinary words. Perhaps this Arabian proverb says it best:

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”

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Second Chances (Dancing Horses)

Dug this out of the attic the other day. It wasn’t finished. I’d shoved it into a portfolio one day several years back after filling in just the background, the horses’ eyes and nostrils, and the mane and tail on one of the animals (can you guess which?)

Three or four moves later, there it was in my hand again. Blank white horses, flat as paper. Waiting patiently for brush and pigment to quicken them to life…

3 White Horses watercolor painting

It wasn’t until a day or so after finally completing the piece that I realized how significant it was that I’d picked this piece, out of the couple dozen unfinished paintings I’d started and abandoned over the past fifteen years,  to finish first.

Fifteen years of unsettled living, punctuated with excruciating creative blocks. Stressful times, and fearful times. Fear of not stacking up. Fear of losing control if I let myself follow my dreams.

Is this time different? Am I deluding myself to think that now, after starting up and drying up countless many times, I’m finally ready to let that creative river that’s been dammed up inside me for so long run free?

I’m not going to think about that. Instead, I’m posting this painting.

Orange. The color of the sacral chakra. The creative center of body and mind.

Violet, for the crown chakra: spirit and soul.

Horses. My personal totem animal. Horses to carry me over obstacles. Wild horses, running free.

Here is the message I hope this painting brings to the world:

It’s not too late. Dig out your buried dreams. Dust them off, and mount them again. Don’t think about where they’re taking you. Just enjoy the ride. So what if you fall? You will have tasted the wind.  

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An equine thank you card

I painted this little piece on a Strathmore blank greeting card as a thank-you to Eeva for sharing her wonderful horse with us that day.

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“Friends,” hand painted greeting card on Strathmore paper, 5″x6 7/8″

It’s been a busy couple of months! Between closing one branch of our business and moving the remaining inventory to the other one (4 hours away), selling a property in another part of the state (3 hours away), and preparing to move to another home (6 hours away),  I’m just glad my head is attached to my neck or I would have certainly lost it by now.

However, there have been a few life’s gems hidden in the past few weeks otherwise spent packing, loading, driving, unpacking and packing again. We were able to squeeze in a family reunion in the UP of Michigan, where my folks live and my brother and his family visit each year. During this time, Eeva, a family friend, very kindly offered to take the three horse crazy members of the family (my 13 year old daughter Clara, my 11 year old niece Jenna, and yours truly) to the barn where she keeps her beautiful and very sweet Frisian/Quarter Horse gelding, Story Boy.

The girls helped groom him and tack up, and we each had a turn in the saddle before giving him a well-deserved bath and letting him loose in the pasture, where he promptly flopped down and rolled clear over from one side to the next!

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a camera on the trip, so the only pictures I have of the experience are on my new phone. If I ever figure out how to upload them, I will post them here.

I painted this little piece on a Strathmore blank greeting card as a thank-you to Eeva for sharing her wonderful horse with us that day.It was a bit of a challenge as the paper didn’t allow for my usual wet technique.

(I didn’t try to paint Story Boy, as I didn’t think I could do him justice without a decent reference photo or drawing; the two horses are fictional equine friends.)

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Watercolor Portrait: Willa & Dusty

watercolor portrait of child and horse
"Willa and Dusty," watercolor portrait, 22 x 14"

This portrait was done as a demo in one of my classes.  I used a photo of one of my daughter’s Pony Club friends and her favorite pony, Dusty.

This painting was featured for the month of May in the 2009 Marshfield Clinic art calendar.

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Apocalypse Cleanup Crew

4 Horsemen with cleaning tools illustration
Apocalypse Cleanup Crew

It’s been busy around here.  My freelance writing is starting to take off so I haven’t been spending much time in the studio.  However, I finally got the illustration done last week!

Feels good.  Now on to something else.  I was in Chicago last month for a conference and picked up a watercolor board at the Utrecht store downtown.  I’ve never tried those things before.  Looking forward to it!

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