What caused your wife to become distant is often the same as what causes horses to not want to be ridden by their owners. This article will help YOU understand that there is another language to learn if you want a closer, more trusting, respectful and intimate marriage again.
What Horses Can Teach Us About Our Relationships With Women
My background in understanding horses helped me see the subtle ways men create relationships that become sexless, affection-less, cold and disconnected. It all became blindingly obvious to me and as I have taught this understanding to men around the world, I’ve seen it change the connection and trust in their marriages over and over again.
Understanding how horses think and feel while trying to communicate with them is not an easy task.
That’s why horses are so commonly used to teach trust, leadership, respect, and empathy in dozens of ways. Just search on “Horse Therapy” to find out how traumatized and disabled people, disadvantaged kids, and even corporate managers develop communication and empathy skills through horses.
Your Wife Keeps Her Distance From Pressure
When men learn about the bond that thousands of young girls and older women build so naturally with horses, we too can start to empathize with how pressure is FELT by them and then learn how to release it or use it positively to create a more trust-filled relationship.
Learning to communicate your intentions in a language that FEELS right to her can begin to unwind years of misunderstandings and feelings of disrespect and disapproval.
There’s a specific skill that every good horse trainer knows which is also the same skill that directly relates to the most common complaints I hear from unhappy wives.
If you can grasp the skills of communicating effectively with a horse you can begin to understand your wife’s perspective and experience of trying to communicate with YOU.
A True Story at Every Ranch, Every Day
There’s a ranch hand working with a 3-year-old horse in a round pen. The horse is new to the ranch and in its short life has learned to fear and distrust people. The ranch hand is being watched by the head horse trainer who has developed the reputation as one of those “natural horsemen” or “Whisperers”.
This is the 7th day in a row the young man has found himself with this horse in this pen for 2 hours trying to do ONE THING. All he wants is for the horse to trust him enough to quit running in circles, snorting, sneering, and kicking at him. He wants the horse to walk into the middle of the pen and stand quietly with him.
*Imagine this is your wife, hiding behind her phone, shooting you that glare, complaining, nagging and keeping you at a distance and all you want is for her to trust you and rejoin you in your relationship.
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The ranch hand wants her to believe he won’t hurt her – that she is safe with him – so she can “join up” with him as calm, trusting horses are able to do. He wants to touch her without her getting wide-eyed and backing away. And, sometime soon, he wants to ride her and have her be ok with it – enjoy it even.
The head horse trainer watches the young man mumble cuss words at the horse, swing his rope, wave his hat, and glare at her eyes as he chases her in circles. “Stupid horse”, the ranch hand thinks to himself.
The head trainer finally speaks….
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She is having a hard time just relaxing and being a woman in your presence
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“What am I doing wrong?!” the young man asks.
“Well”, the trainer started, “It’ll take another 7 days to answer that question, so I won’t try. You’ll be better off knowing what that mare needs from you to trust you. I thought you might start to get it after a while, but it’s not uncommon to see guys just try the same old stuff with more gusto thinking she’ll come around.”
Putting a hand on the young man’s shoulder, he said, “Over the last few days I’ve watched how you are with her. You’re loud. You’re bossy. You act unsure of yourself. You yank on her halter. You wave your arms a lot. You act scared of her. She thinks you’re scared of her.”
He continued, “Let me explain what she needs and why. Knowing this will help you choose how to act better tomorrow. First and foremost, she needs to feel your respect. This is not the same as you saying you respect her. She will know based on how you act.”
“She can’t feel respect from you when you are unaware of how she receives your attempts to communicate. The horse is not a mind reader, but she can feel the PRESSURE of your intentions – good or bad.”
“Everything you’ve communicated to her this week felt like control, disappointment, frustration, and demands. Your uncertainty with her reactions to you felt like distrust and fear.”
“And the negative energy of your grumbling felt like disapproval. You say you want her to stand next to you, but she feels your urgency to get a saddle on her and ride. She is having a hard time just relaxing and being a horse in your presence.”
What’s REALLY Going On When Your Wife Keeps Her Distance
A horse’s ability to trust, touch, respect, and enjoy the company of a person comes with conditions. With an ability to feel the smallest fly land on their butt, they feel the intention and pressure from everything around them.
They need to feel a calm confidence from people.
They enjoy the predictability of an even-temper and purposeful assertiveness.
They are literally attracted toward a person (or another horse) who creates feelings of safety, relaxation, and fun.
Yep. Horses like fun.
They prefer to be “asked” or “invited” to do things for people with the smallest amount of pressure.
Horses HATE excessive pressure. And so does your woman.
Although they will begrudgingly respond to it, they will always prefer the presence of a person who can make them feel accepted and safe with the least amount of pressure.
Horses become restless with excessive eye contact, an aggressive approach, and overly tentative behavior. And when they’re around someone who flips between pushy, tentative and resigned, they lose all trust that he can lead them anywhere safely.
Oftentimes, the very best “release of pressure” to a horse is to simply back off. Give her space. Allow her the freedom she was born with.
A lot of people crowd horses with touching, affection, and constant attention. It freaks them out.
They need time away from the expectations of being perfect.
This time and space allows them to reconnect with people more readily and willingly.
The person who can achieve this with a horse is able to form the partnership they seek.
Some of the most amazing, mutually respectful relationships I’ve seen are between a person and a horse who seem to delight in doing things for each other just for the fun it. The same goes for you when your wife is keeping her distance.
What’s in it for You?
It’s funny. Men who learn to work effectively with horses never question “what’s in it for them”. When they learn what’s really going on, it’s obvious why they need to be the one to initiate a better environment for the horse.
However, men who struggle in their marriages are not so quick to understand. And I get it.
Like their wives, these men have ALSO been experiencing some very real pain, disrespect, and distrust in their marriage.
The decision to accept part of the responsibility for that reality is a tough one.
But just like the young man in the story, continuing to operate the same way every day will always yield the same results.
I want you to choose a new way of operating – first for your OWN happiness – then for your marriage.
If you want to learn this secret language and start creating the trusting, connected and passionate relationship you KNOW is still there somewhere with your wife, I want to invite you to fill out an application for one of our “We Know Exactly What You’re Going Through Consultation Calls”
Right now that knot in your gut is a sign and you’re supposed to listen to it – believe me, I’ve been there and the sooner you take action the better.
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