Horse whisperer Lauren Bode says she’s been telepathically communicating with Boot, a 16-year-old Belgian cross living at Centre Island’s Far Enough Farm.
But when it comes to sharing emotions, says Bode, Boot and his 29-year-old paddock neighbour, Duchess, are quite forthcoming.
She says the two are upset about moving from Far Enough Farm, a popular Toronto attraction on Mayor Rob Ford’s chopping block.
“The animals were quite worried about going to a new home,” relates Bode, who says Duchess, a 20-year farm resident and former mounted unit member like Boot, senses death.
The “50-ish” Bode (sorry, the horses wouldn’t snitch) says she communicates telepathically with animals at their human handlers’ request. Growing up around animals in her native Guyana, she says, she realized her powers at age three when she communicated silently with a cow.
“The reason I speak to animals is to help them. That is my purpose, to make people understand that animals are sentient beings.
“They have feelings, just like us.”
The argument I would have here is not that animals aren’t sentient, that they don’t have emotion – fear, excitement, depression – but that they understand the world around them to the degree Bode is claiming. That would mean they understand our language. Sounds and words MAY be registered by animals but context and complex ideas such as comprehending that they are going to a new home? Nope. Nonsense.
A better explanation for the telepathic communication asserted here is empathy for the animals and awareness of the situation. Horses generally LIKE people as do other domesticated animals. And we LIKE them and care about their well being. But to project our own concerns onto them and then say they have this ability to psychically express those feeling is fantasy. We may want it to be true but saying so doesn’t make it real.