A Horse and His Toy Car

What is body language?


This article demonstrates how interpreting behavior in the absence of a model leads to a defective conclusion. I’m not speaking here about what is the right way to train a horse, the researchers might be right that one shouldn’t scare a horse with a plastic bag, drive it around a round pen and then relent so that it can come forward and “Join Up” ala Monty Roberts. But then again they could be wrong because this experiment doesn’t end up having anything to say about the matter. However what is interesting about this experiment is that it demonstrates the exact opposite of the conclusions the researchers have drawn.

The researchers believe that if a remote controlled toy car can elicit the same responses from a horse that a human being can, that therefore the human being is only using fear since it can no longer be argued that the horse is responding to the body language of the trainer if it responds the same way to a machine. The obvious flaw here is that this means that horses when they join up, must be doing it wrong as well since they must not be using body language either.

What this experiment actually reveals is that all body language has a fundamental common denominator, energy, and that the animal body/mind is predicated on this universal standard. What this plastic electric remote controlled machine has in common with any other animal is that its “behavior” is a function of energy. The toy car can focus energy, i.e. point forward and move in the direction it points, and it can move an object of mass around, i.e. its “body.” Thus in the mind of the horse, the headlights become eyes, a predatory aspect. And the toy has a body with an internal vibration, a life force or essence, that when it moves away reduces the pressure caused by the toy’s predatory aspect, and so it becomes in the horse’s body/mind a preyful aspect. At rock bottom fear is energy since it a model of emotion reveals that it is caused by the sensations when an emotional state of attraction collapses. Furthermore, the toy car with a predatory aspect that reflects the horse’s emotional projection right back at the horse, triggers the horse’s emotional battery and this is full of the unresolved emotion it has experienced with other horses, as well as dogs, cats, sheep, cows and human beings. Because the interaction between horse and toy car elaborates through an increase and decrease of pressure, i.e. a wave form, it is thereby elaborating according to the very same template that all feelings elaborate upon. In the horses’ body/mind, since the head bone (predatory aspect) of the toy is connected to the back bone/tail bone (preyful aspect) of the toy by way of a feeling, the toy car IS a living being.

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Published July 18, 2012 by Kevin Behan
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