My chat with SAMMY, the carriage tour horse in Charleston, USA.
Doesn’t Sammy have the most incredible eyes? It might be the light, but I don’t think I’ve seen eyes like this on a horse before. Piercing!
Sammy is a Clydesdale and a working horse. So pulling a cart around is something he would probably enjoy since he’s built for doing things like that. Unfortunately the media like to portray the worst of everything to create more drama than is real. Sometimes these horses fall over (just like we do) and instantly photos of this makes its way onto every possible form of media slamming the owners of these beauties for overworking them, not feeding or looking after them properly, etc. I hear when these horses fall when they’re hooked up to a carriage they are trained not to move until someone can get them unhooked so they don’t further injure themselves. A shame we don’t educate ourselves about these things before we go jumping to conclusions that cause more harm than good. This has nothing to do with Sammy or his organisation, but it's interesting to see how he feels about all that.
On the other hand, many animals definitely are mistreated and mishandled. Today we’re talking about Sammy, so let’s see what he thinks about his job.
When I tune in, I straight up ask him what he thinks of his job.
Sammy says he loves his job, he’s extremely well cared for. He says his conditions are immaculate, his quarters (his word) are so clean you (as in a human) could eat off the floor. It is washed out and swept every single day and there is always someone nearby caring, talking, patting the horses or just cleaning. And then I hear a voice that is talking to a horse in a very soothing manner. I don’t hear words, just the tone. I see horses outside so feel they are let outside and not kept in stables all day. I’m now shown a young lady really gently stroking down between the ears and front of the horse’s face resting her head next to his. All of this I believe is to show how well they are treated. And I want to say loved actually. These people love their horses.
Okay so back to the work question….
He loves his job, but he’s feeling tired. Sometimes it gets really hot and standing around in that heat fully loaded up with cart and passengers is uncomfortable. But he doesn’t complain, it’s his job and he will do his job. Also because he loves his owners and he wants to please them. He makes me feel like it’s an honor to work for these people so he will repay them with good work. I don’t know how old Sammy is, but I get this feeling this tiredness has to do with him getting older and this type of work is hard for him mostly due to age. I see an older man with white/grey hair who feels like his owner or perhaps original owner. There's a love and sigh of contentment from Sammy to this man. A sense of kindred spirits here. Like two people that don't need to speak because they understand each other so well.
He’s not a big fan of children. He shows me his teeth when I’m shown children near him. He wants to nip them (not bite to hurt) to get them to go away. They’re troublesome he says. Bad manners and bad behaviour. They disrespect their elders, he says. Haha, he sounds like an old man observing the children of today!!! He doesn’t like the way children pat/hit him and the parents don’t tell them to stop. This really irritates him. That’s when he tries to put on his scary face so they won’t touch him. I see him slashing his tail around when he says this. Maybe that’s what he actually does as his way of telling everyone he’s pissed off or maybe this is showing me that this is annoying to him I’m not sure. No, this is what he does apparently. I’ve just been told in his cross voice, “this is what I do. Little tyrants!”.
He’s incredibly poised and calm, he almost looks like a statue. While he appears extremely tolerant, inside he gets annoyed by people that aren’t taking the journey seriously and intentionally set out to touch, provoke or irritate him. I'm shown an overweight late 20 year old male here. This demographic seems to be his biggest problem. It seems that because he’s so still people try to get a reaction out of him by poking him or touching him. And then he tells me, people have no idea how to be around horses. He says, if they behaved like this at school they’d all be expelled by now (shaking his head like a grumpy old man). Actually I think a lot of this irritation is him being tired and over it. I don't know he was like this early on.
But this boy is kind and gentle, a little tired and grumpy and ready to retire. I get a sense he feels indebted to his owners in some way. I don’t know where he came from, but I feel like they might have saved him from something. Maybe death, bad owners or even just boredom, I’m not exactly sure on that.
When I ask him if he has any message for his owners, he says, “please let me go now, please let me stop. I’m tired and I don’t know how much longer I can go for. I will do my best for you because I love you and you saved me (there it is again!!!), but my time is up.” He then shows me a vision of him in a paddock grazing. Retired!
When I do a quick physical scan, I see muscle pain down the left side neck, down the left side spinal muscles, left shoulder and pointy sharp pain in the left hip. Because this is left side and that’s the emotional side of the body I want to ask Sammy about that. I get shown him as a foal; I wonder whether he had a difficult birth, maybe even lost his mother. Perhaps this is where he was saved?! I get a strong sense this hip pain is from when he was born, like his leg was in the wrong position coming out or something.
His physical heart isn’t as strong as I normally see in a horse and I feel this is age and nothing really to do with heart problems as such. Lungs are big and strong. Digestive system looks good. Emotional throat is blocked and holding back some unexpressed tears. I get the word “mama” when I look there. Sad!!! When I look at the emotional lungs which store grief, they’re showing me “mama” and emotional pain here; they’re quivering with sadness. It almost feels like his Mama died at his birth. Such a strong sense of him missing his Mama. Even horses have a trapped inner child!!!
That’s all for Sammy today. He finishes off saying he’s had a good life so far. He's had an exemplary life and wouldn't change it for the world. He also says if his owners were ever to get shut down he would be so mad. I wonder if there’s something going on there?!
I thank Sammy, give him a big etheric hug and say goodbye.