The horse is a herd animal, meaning they want and need to live together in groups.  Wild horses form family units call “bands.”  In domestication, horses form these family units with whatever horses they are put with.  The bond of friendship and support that is built between horses is the strongest, most important connection of their existence.  In this Animal Communication session, the need for that connection came through to me in a powerful way.


Borthwick Castle

Robert and I took a wonderful trip to Scotland in December to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary with some dear friends who bought and renovated Borthwick Castle just outside of Edinburgh.  As always, I look for horses to meet while I am traveling.  As fate would have it, there was a couple who lived on a beautiful estate with their 5 horses just next to the castle, who graciously agreed to have me over for a visit.


The view from Borthwick Castle

When Jane Lowe came to pick me up, we quickly found that we have a special bond: her and Duncan’s last name, “Lowe,” is my maiden name!  I was also surprised that they knew that I did intuitive animal communication, which opened the door for me to connect with their horses on a much deeper level.



All of their horses are Thoroughbreds, rescued from the racing industry.  Jane is an advanced dressage rider and Duncan is also an accomplished equestrian.  The first horse I met was “Buddy.”  Buddy is so happy and light-hearted.

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Then I met “Streak.”  Streak is Jane’s champion dressage horse and is very grounded; he loves his job and family.



“Ollie,” is their most challenging horse that needs clear, consistent boundaries.  He has great potential and loves to work.



“Scout,” needs reassurance that he belongs; that he is here to stay and this is his herd and home.  He has been moved around a lot.



Then we went back into a separate part of the barn to meet Rubble.  Rubble, their oldest horse, was retired and had recently suffered an injury to a rear leg.

The moment I walked into the stall, I started crying uncontrollably.  This happens to me when I feel big emotion in an animal.  I felt deep sadness.  I couldn’t discern the source of the sadness until Duncan expressed his feelings that Rubble was not doing well being separated from the herd.  His regular stall was located right next to his stable mates, where he could see outside.  They had moved Rubble to this larger stall because he was kicking in his regular stall, and Jane feared that he might re-injure his leg.

As soon as Duncan shared his concern, I knew this was a big part of the sadness I felt.  He was deeply missing his horse companions.  I recommended that they move Rubble back to his original stall, which they did, and I received an email from Jane saying things were going well.

Three weeks after our time together, I received a heart-breaking email from Jane saying that Rubble had died.  She wrote, ”I am so glad you came and got me to move him so he was next to his friends as he must have wanted.” 

Now I understand the big emotion that I felt.  Rubble was asking to be with his herd, his friends and family when he needed to pass.  When we empathize with our animal companions and listen with our intuition, they will share with us what they want and need through the feelings and emotions that arise in us.


With love and gratitude,

Deborah Inanna


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