#1 Root Location: at the base of the rump, right above where the tail begins. Legs, feet, and intestines. Grounding, stability, self acceptance, self preservation, and physical strength. In addition to the Heart and Brachial Chakras, we’ve found the Root to be very powerful in helping a horse release old “issues”.
#2 Sacral Location: at the hip go up to the spine and you will feel two bony protusions on either side of the spine. Grounding, stability, self acceptance, sexuality. Lymphatic system, kidneys, adrenalin glands, and reproductive organs. Expect more activity in this area when a mare is cycling or in a stallion, then perhaps a gelding. Out of balance and this horse could be overly emotional, the Drama Queen, and he who throws senseless temper tantrums. In balance, and this horse can use it’s energy for beautiful and harmonic expression and can think through problems, finding appropriate solutions.
#3 Solar Plexus Location: the center of the horse’s back, about a hand length behind the heart chakra. Freedom of Spirit, a good place for releases to be gained, self-esteem and willpower. Strongest concentration of sense of self. Whole body, digestive system, and liver. Closed: for horses that have given up, feel defeated, and think poorly of themselves. Open: self confident and energetic horses. If you compete, you may want to send encouragement to this area the week prior to a show to help your horse feel good about his place in the world.
#4 Heart Location: in the horse, this is at two locations – one at the front of the chest, at the pectoral muscle group, and another at the base of the withers, going towards the tail. When working this chakra, place one hand on each area to connect them. This is the center of self love and giving love, trust, compassion, and where the physical and spiritual meet. Lungs, breathing, chest, and heart.This chakra connects the human to the horse. When working it, she often finds that the horse’s owner will become emotional and release by crying or feeling suffused with caring and love.
If there is one chakra you want to experiment with, I would touch the Heart chakra after grooming and before saddling. Close your eyes, think of the positive feelings you have towards your horse, take about five slow, relaxing deep breaths and see what happens. Don’t be surprised if your horse gives a deep sigh and lowers his head. At the very least it will help you center yourself before starting a ride.
#5 Throat Location: Where the neck mets the underside of the jaw, throatlatch. The ability to communicate and to share resides here. Where the truth from your heart, and the ideas in your mind, express themselves. I think we can all agree that horses communicate through body language – the more expressive and playful the more open this chakra would most likely be. Conversely, when horses are overcollected, this angle becomes closed and the horse is “choked” off from expressing and communicating throughout his body. You will see a close link between the closed angle of the throatlatch to the angry, whipping-about-in-circles, tail – the body will manifest its emotions one way or another. Unfortunately, in this world, horses have little say so in what happens to them or how they are trained. Expect abused horses or those forced to conform to be especially shut down in this area. Physically, the conformation angle between neck and jaw plays into how well a horse can move, bend, flex, collect and the purity of their gaits. The head acts as a balancer to the entire body; it’s why a horse that is laying down cannot get up if you sit on it’s neck.
#6 Brow Location: Above the eyes, below the ears, on the forehead. The home for rational thinking and processing, wisdom and intuition. Open you see clearly; closed you act foolishly. Connected to the sinuses, mouth and nose. A bulge on the brow can indicate one who is not using OR who does use his intuition and wisdom. Does he see things that are not there in his creative intuition, or does he know when to ignore it by using wisdom? Only the overall body appearance/conformation can help answer that question. Horses with very narrow brows and slender long faces are more sensitive to their environments then say a horse with a broad forehead and nice wide nose.
#7 Crown Location: between the ears. The Crown deals with our spiritual or higher self, creativity and artistic vision. Peace and calmness. A location for headaches and often, if some other body part is in pain (i.e. stifle), it will also manifest here. If you have ever worked with feral or very young horses with little human contact, you know they are extremely protective of having ears and poll touched. When a horse resists, the first thing they do is raise their head out of your reach. When a horse is frightened, the head becomes raised (BTW physically they must do this so their vision can focus at a distance). When people abuse horses, they often hit them between the ears or aggressively twist the ears in an “ear twitch” to gain submission – the bowing of the slave before the master. It is no fluke that horses lower their heads and seem to achieve a state of calmness. It is no fluke, that lowering the head means acceptance OR defeat. What may seem like a good thing on the surface is not always a good thing once the outer layer is removed. When a horse provides you access to his poll is it because he has given up or because he is sharing his true self.