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A couple of years ago, Jubilee and I had some problems on the trail which resulted in her throwing me and her galloping a great distance away. Jubilee had some stress and bad coping mechanism after that. She can be an opinionated tough horse that needs a steady, patient, and calm rider. I was told by a trainer that Jubilee will never be safe on the trail again and that she will never be able to ride out alone. It was a frustrating time for me, because I was trying my best to find a trainer that could help Jubilee get over her issues and also make sure Jubilee had a herd life.
I grew up on a beautiful horse farm in NY where my horses always spent the days out in pastures with friends. I do not believe in keeping horses in small pipe corrals with out giving them room to roam and socialize. When I first drove by a California riding facility with horses standing in 12 x 24 pipe corrals and no turn out, I burst out into tears. Come to find out, it’s the norm.
Jubilee’s farm burned down in the Thomas Fire resulting in her having to spend a month in a pipe corral where she got sick and was hospitalized. Then I moved her to a farm where she had great care and dressage training, but only had a couple hours out alone in a field to move freely. There is where a trainer who I hired to get Jubilee over her trail issues, told me Jubilee would never change. He told me she was dangerous and other not nice things about my girl.
I have been around animals long enough to believe that in the right environment, with the right trainer, understanding, and support, any animal can change.
It is important to not label our animals anything negative. That doing so can make a behavior stick. This can be hard because we can be so emotionally attached to our animals’ behaviors.
I believed in Jubilee. That’s when I shipped Jubilee to Oregon so Jubilee could live in a herd, get the right care, the best diet, and be around people who believe that all horses can overcome themselves. I needed someone as sensitive as me, but who had a better skill set for training. That is Katie Dixon. She has been amazing for Jubilee!
One year later, Jubilee is now heading out on the trail very easily. Such a joy! And will even walk out alone (with no other horses).
I can not thank Katie enough for her patient, calm, instinctual powers to help horses over come their issues. I am incredibly blessed. As is every horse that comes into her program.
Yesterday, Jubilee said to Katie and I, “I am feeling rich. Rich with possibilities.”
How amazing is my horse?!
Jubilee also told me that the reason she has more spots this year is because, “I met with angels in my dreams and they painted me with stars!”
I love her! She is often the spokes-horse for the horses at the ranch and will often share her observations and insights on the other horses with Katie and me. Jubee has been very helpful that way.
If you have an animal that needs your help, believe that the universe will make that happen if you are committed. The Thomas Fire (which burned Jubilee’s farm on my birthday) changed our lives for the better! After chaos comes order.
Thank you Katie for helping Jubilee realize she is rich with possibilities!
To answer the question, “Could you not just speak to her and explain?”
* Yes, with a lot of animals that works. But when there is post traumatic stress involved, similar to people animals cortisol levels get elevated and they can have a hard time calming themselves down to think clearly. We see this with dog aggression as well. Jubilee is young and she can be very opinionated. In some situations she thinks she knows better than me 🙂! I don’t have a teenager, but I was one! She is a very large horse and when she gets frightened or thinks she knows best she would use her body to throw her weight around or think that throwing off her rider to save herself is ok. Which can be extremely dangerous. Think about a chihuahua’s issues vs a German shepherds issues. I have a good eye for animal behavior and body language, but not the finesse and impeccable timing as an experienced horsewoman who works with and rides horses everyday. I needed help. Have you ever had a fear, anger or an issue that you intellectually know how to act, but just cant do it when you are stressed? Its the same thing with animals. Animal communication and can be remarkable at times and it is always helpful but I would be doing a disservice to animals if I taught that animals do not need to learn and to be stimulated by training and that we as animal caretakers shouldn’t understand their language and teach them using their body language and communication skills. Every animal professional I admire, collaborates with other animal professionals. That is how we get better and help other animals that come to us. The more I learn about being a good horsewoman and the more Katie instills the foundation for success in Jubilee the more I can help Jubilee understand what is needed of her. She already has grown so much. If we work on our consciousness and learn to be confident, we all learn with age and experience.
When we have a late night with Our good friend Tina Baselice and her animals, it’s hard wake up early. Feeling blissfully rested sleeping in to 7:30am.
I had a very hard time getting Easter to look at me for this picture. I just told her that her behavior is gross, so she was avoiding looking me in the eye. Easter loves to roll in poop! It makes her very proud. I asked her to please stop and to please tell me why.
She explained, “I love it. Smelling of poop makes me feel magical and like I am something bigger than myself.”
As you can imagine there are many things I could say to this, but for now I am just going to sit with that.
My four dogs were barking out the front window. Not a wild bark just a unnecessary, “Hey, I see you across the street.” bark. I stopped them and then mumbled, “It’s all about being good…”
Hudson cut me off and says, “No that’s not what it is about. Its not about just being good. It’s about changing your behavior to reflect a calm and smart inner state. Just being good is just not doing bad. The reason to be calm and quiet is to find joy and peace in the moment.”
That is my smart boy! He has been listening and growing up!
Dinner with family @hippiessentials ️ Seamora says,
“Katherine always makes something I can eat. I love Katherine. She radiates sunshine.”
How I got started as a professional Pet Psychic:
My Childhood: I grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. My parents were extremely supportive of my connection to animals. They accepted all of my pets into the family: The pony I had to rescue when I was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten I had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet I begged my grandfather for, the rabbit for which I forged my parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival.
As long as I can remember, I knew what animals were thinking and feeling. I had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that I did. There were many people in my history that told me that my connection to animals was different, but I was not exactly sure what that meant.
Young Adult: Although I was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until I was a young adult that I begin to think seriously about animal communication. My first experience with professional “animal communication” and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk.
At that time I had a cat, named Juliette. When I would come home from traveling, she would give me an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of my arrival home, Juliette waited for me at the doorstep and slept with me purring all night long…a behavior she had never done before.
The second experience was with my German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When I was eighteen years old, I rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. She instantly became my best friend. In 1996, I moved to California and began to study animal communication with Carol Gurney.
A few days after I returned from her training program, I lied down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?”
As clear as thunder I heard her answer back, “Mom, I am dying inside”.
Two months later, I found out she had cancer and I had to help Lala transition to heaven. Being present for her transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of my life. It is because of this experience that I have been able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends.
Then came Maia, my German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Her story is too long to tell here. I will say, she is the sole reason I became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. I also learned how the importance of study animal body language. You can read about that on the animal communication page.
In 1996 and 1997, I went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of my journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of body with that of emotional health.
During the same years, I studied and became a Reiki Master.
My methods, teachings, and knowledge grow with every animal I encounter. I also grow with my interaction with other animal practitioners. These are the people who dedicate their lives or part of their lives to the welfare of animals.
I dedicate my life to teaching humans and animals to understand each other. Animals have an amazing ability to process complex situations. They take on our stress. They understand work stress, children’s issues, divorce, emotional and physical illness, and our insecurities and fears. They can give us wise insight into our lives. If we learn to communicate with them more clearly, their confusion and behavior problems begin to drift away and we in return become more peaceful people
I am blessed to be able to talk to them and to understand them. I am blessed to be their translator, teacher, therapist, student, and their friend.
I live in Ojai, California with Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse).
Click Here For Frequently Asked Questions About My Pet Psychic / Animal Communicator Services.
Click Here To Read Why I Believe Reading Animal Body Language and Paying Attention To Your Thoughts Is Important.
Laura Stinchfield – The Pet Psychic ® and her dogs Easter, Luca, Felix and Hudson
How to keep your dogs calm.
Why you shouldn’t worry or hold feelings of fear.
Why its important to train your animals.
Ever since, Luca came to me at 6 months old (he is now 8 years old) he has been disconnected from his tail. He rarely uses it to communicate with other dogs or wag it when he is happy. He has had tons of chiropractic adjustments and TTouch work. I have been working on him becoming more conscious and aware of his ability to move his tail. I have tried to catch it on camera before but it’s not so easy.
Luca is a reincarnation of my late wolf dog Maia. They have some similarities but they are very different. Maia was a wild instinctual wolf and Luca a very domesticated poodle, so you can imagine the differences.
The interesting thing is that Maia had been abused before she came to me and had severe pain in her tail. It took me two years to be able to touch it with out her swinging around to bite me. It is my belief that when Maia came back she brought back an energy imprint of her old life and this manifested as the disconnect with her/his tail. Luca is doing awesome in this life and has overcome a lot. (Not wanting to kill other dogs is one!).
In this life, by the time he is ready to pass, he will have mastered the tail wag! As you can see he is well on his way…
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Here is a picture of Maia.
You maybe able to see she had an injury at the tip of her tail in this picture. She was wild thing! Because of her lack of tail control and awareness, she would smack it hard on walls when she was playing. The veterinarians wanted to take off her tail (seriously!) because it was not healing and bleeding all over the place, but eventually it did heal.
Luca’s Words Of Wisdom
Luca and I talk about
the power of manifestation
and how to change your life.
The Pet Psychic ® – Hudson Chasing Deer – Words of Wisdom
Hudson took off chasing deer. This is our conversation upon his return. The good thing is he remembered why I do not want him to chase the deer.
He is still an adolescent. As he ages, these reasons will make more sense to him. Then he will be more likely to stick around.
Seamora loves to look at herself. This time she was checking herself out in my iPhone when she asked a question. Play the video to see what she asks…
Hudson says, “Friends are others you can play and explore with.”
Clyde says, “Friends are others you feel comfortable with all the time. They are play buddies. Also they never bite you when you get too close.”
“Some-days, I am amazed at the awesomeness of myself.” – Hudson
Easter talks about Lavender Essential Oil,
“Lavender is the oil of love. On rainy days, when I am scared of thunder Lavender soothes my spirit and helps me to rest. It smells so good.”
In honor of the month of love, I ask my animals,
“What is love?”
Ella my 5-year-old cat says, “Love is finding your purpose after you have been hurt. Love is comfortable bedding and playing every day. Love is the space within you and around you that creates amazing things in your life. Love is my life. I am love.”
Luca my 8-year-old poodle says, “Love is a wonderful feeling that allows you to be happy when there are difficult things happening. It’s like sunshine all the time. It is also what you have for yourself.”
Felix my 8-year-old chihuahua mix says, “Love is a mystery that flows through all things. It is what brings rescue animals to their people and wild animals to safety during a fire. It is a spirit rising within you.”
Easter my 5-year-old chihuahua says, “Love are cuddles and songs that people sing to you. Love is a good meal and being happy for no reason. Love is when you smell good and people like to kiss you.”
Seamora my 29-year-old blue and gold macaw says, “Love is when I share my food with the wild birds and let them bathe in the fountain before me. Love is definitely music and the sound of the wind through the trees. Love is awesome. If you think you don’t have it, you are wrong. It’s everywhere, you just have to notice it.”
Clyde my 4-year-old giant Flemish rabbit says, “Love is the energy that helps you manifest what you want. Love is being grateful. It is carrot tops and lots of friends. It’s when my mom laughs at me for being naughty instead of scolding me. It’s also when she takes the time to explain why she needs me to be good. Love is clear communication and patience. It is also enjoying a ripe banana.”
Jubilee my 8-year-old appaloosa warmblood horse says, “Love is having a best friend you can trust in all situations. If you get it wrong, they may get it right. Love is knowing yourself and being brave enough to trust others, even if someone has hurt you in the past. Love is jumping over tree limbs in the snow. Love is someone taking the time to scratch your butt with a rake even though their own back is sore.”
Hudson my almost 4-year-old white German Shepard says, “Love is traveling through the universe to find someone you love deeply. Love is being grateful for what is around you. Love is much more than you think it is. It’s what all things wonderful are created from. I also want to say love is chasing deer and squirrels, but my mom won’t like that one…. Mom said it may be the speed and sense of direct focus I like. Ohh… love is morning snuggles in bed. Those are the best.”
This is my late cat Makia. When she was 15 she said,
“Love is when you care about yourself first thing in the morning. If you love yourself it is easier to love others. Love is caring about your space and the foods you eat. Love is watching a butterfly fly to a flower.”
note: The first year of Makia’s life we lived in the path of the Monarchs migration. Daily we saw hundreds of butterflies. Even at 21 years old, Makia talked about attracting butterflies. She now manifests herself as a white butterfly in my front yard to let me know she is still around. When I first adopted her I was deep in the study of healing. I named her Makia after the 3rd Huna Principle of Life . “Energy Flows Where Attention Goes.”
Makia was an embodiment of that principle her whole life.
The 7 fundamental principles of Huna are:
IKE – The world is what you think it is
KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible
MAKIA – Energy flows where attention goes
MANAWA – Now is the moment of power
ALOHA – To love is to be happy with
MANA – All power comes from within
PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth
Maia my wolf dog in heaven says,
“Love is a stream of consciousness. If you connect into that stream and anchor yourself to it you will always be protected. Love is following what is true. Love is being honest about what you can or can not do and love is believing in yourself to accomplish what others may think is impossible. When you love an animal or person fully it helps them reside in the stream of love. Heaven has many different dimensions. Love runs through all of them. The highest dimension is pure love. I reside there.”
On cold days when she can’t be outside, it’s hard to keep Seamora amused.
She’s like a toddler who will get into everything if left unattended.
Lucky for me this basket of fruit kept her occupied for a awhile.
Seamora says, “At first I thought I will get in the basket and hide. Then I chewed on twigs and ate the fruit. Now I’ll hang out and enjoy the colors.”