I talked with an Animal Communicator today...
A purely anecdotal, lighthearted reporting of what exactly transpired. :D Not intended to cause any sort of debate.
On a whim, I decided to set up an appointment with an "animal communicator" located in my state. She was having a "special", making it affordable enough for me to say what the hey, let's hear what the animals have to say. I did my best not to give any leads or reactions, all we started with was a name and color - and mostly let her tell me what she was seeing or hearing. I was skeptical at the beginning of the call but not closed-minded, feeling a little silly for doing this but still slightly curious as to what might come about anyway. So, here's what came about:
She talked briefly with a previous horse (Red) of mine before the big guy, another previous horse after that (Honeybear) and then the baby and Mr. Heinz' mare, but this is the most substantive reading:
She found the big guy, who was sort of my underlying motive for the call. She said he seemed very kind, but is a bit of a worry wart and watches everything and everyone around him. She also mentioned that she saw some tension and uneasiness in his stomach. He told her he doesn't like surprises, or loud noises, they make him nervous and worried. He also doesn't like small children running around at all. I asked about how he felt, if he had any pain anywhere - and she described to me in great detail a soreness in his right shoulder, specifically in a particular area (around the humeral joint, radiating, not the elbow though), and said he was showing her the last footfall of the right lead, the step where the RF is fully weight-bearing - and that that was when it was most painful. Pulling the knee up and forward makes it hurt also, and that bodywork or laser therapy would potentially help, pulling the knee down and backward also helped it feel better. He's also very tight at the base of the neck on the right side and generally muscle-stiff all over - and that he stands very still often because of it. He was also showing her that he would like his LF lower leg, especially around the tendons, rubbed, and that while he would not understand it at first, would enjoy and benefit from a facial massage.
We briefly discussed his lack of barn name and he did tell her he would really like to have one. Something warm and fuzzy that would give him happy feelings when he hears it. I mentioned that he was called Moose before, and he told her that it was a derogatory name and he didn't like it at all. He showed her that he sort of shuts himself down, but not in a nasty way, just tries not to feel - and doesn't know how to relax. Going to work makes him tense.
I asked if there was a particular job he enjoyed doing, and he immediately showed her some small jumps, with a happy feeling, and then some very BIG jumps, but said that landing from jumps hurt the sore shoulder. He also mentioned that he likes the discipline and control of dressage, but not as much as the jumps. She couldn't tell if he was indicating that he *had* jumped really big jumps, or that he would like to, just that he kept showing them to her and was very happy about them.
I indicated that there was a period of his history that I could not account for, and asked if he had anything to share about that time. He showed her a rope halter with knots and a girl doing a lot of yanking on his face, which made him very confused. He also showed her some sort of gaming-type activity where he was in an enclosed arena being asked to move at speed around obstacles, and that he did not understand why they expected him to go so fast in such a small area, he was too big to move like that and that running was only supposed to happen in open spaces. He showed her that this time in his life was very frustrating and boring for him.
She saw that he was very athletic and a nice mover, in spite of the sore shoulder. She said she kept getting the feeling that if we worked out the shoulder issue and tightness in his body, that he could really do a lot, athletically speaking. He also mentioned later that he was worried that the new kid was going to become my main focus and that I wouldn't be "his person" anymore. He told her likes the new kid, but doesn't really know how to interact with him when he tries to play.
So, there you have it.