Connecting The Nervous System To Aesthetic Changes In The Horse

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Earlier today, I posted about fascia and it’s relationship to our experience of beauty; how its vibration essence (or lack thereof) is what allows for the transmission of information through the body; how this relates to our nervous system state; and how, what this enables, is the aesthetic manifestation of our life force.

Dianne posted a question on that thread, and with permission, I’m sharing our (paraphrased) conversation snippet here because I find it so interesting:

I have a horse that has been abused and has been very difficult to do the most simple things like leading any where, he decides to leave on a regular basis.

He has had 2 years off from work. Recently I started lead training with him and I see an improvement.

My point is looking at him recently I see a completely different horse, like he was a few years ago. He is beautiful, his face structure has changed. He is calm and a lot more cooperative. He has Dapples. Does this make sense?

Dianne was interested if what I was discussing was connected to her experience with her horse.

My answer was:

– Your nervous system state controls how the body is structured and positioned. What this means is as your nervous system state changes, so too does your posture. We have little awareness of the fact that our bones are their changing position all the time.

So it stands to reason, if the underlying nervous system state changes, you will observe this in the structure of both humans and horses, including facial features.

– Coat and skin wise: we have many layers of fascia. If a body is in fight flight (or sympathetic), the skin layer (the part of the body you can touch) and the fascial layer underneath (called the skin bag) stick together; when we are out of fight flight, they separate.

When the skin layer and the fascial bag layer are separate, the skin feels soft, pliable and ‘slide-ey’, rather than stiff, sticky and ‘stuck’.

In this state, everything is oxygenated and hydrated; we are releasing toxins through the skin and all layers are free to move fluidly, which reflects in the quality of the coat also.

– Behaviour wise, fight flight is a state of reactivity; parasympathetic is where learning occurs, and is a state of responsiveness. Nervous system state change reflects on every level; structurally, emotionally, everything. It’s observable.

The endless delights of a nervous system free to shape-shift in accordance with its needs.


❤️ Jane


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