Projection or reading, it matters not. What matters is what the horses feel emanating from your heart, from that which reflects your thoughts.
I don't know if it is because we need to find again the joy of our youth in the sheer joy of living or if it is because we have to match them, but quiet and peace alone isn't what will make them accept us.
They need to feel happiness, a serene joy in being here in this moment. With them. It is only then that you can be accepted.
There are some that think to use the horse in a facilitation program is to use them to help to share in the hurt and pain in our hearts. But to ask a creature of extreme sensitivity and empathy to take on our pain is wrong. Wrong at so many levels. Cruel even in a way to ask them to take that on. To take that into their hearts. Yes, a burden shared is often halved. There is a great truth in that and no burden should be born alone. But as an empath I do have to say that a pain shared, a burden lifted, only because another takes it on, takes it onto themselves and bears that burden with you. For all the wonders of the horse, they too have their limitations. Children of nature, children of delight, mischevious fairies in an altered state, they struggle to hear, to see what is dark. And in the struggling shove away that which is so contrary to what and who they are. Their job is to teach us how to connect in serenity and joy with all that is.
Their job is to measure, to let us know when we have found our way. To help us be aware, to calibrate that which emanates from us so that we can match the harmonies of nature, the harmonies of life. So we can be part of that song once again.