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Psychic horse

I got the following story in my e-mail this morning from the Virginia Horse Industry Newsletter.

(you can click here to see her picture and read of other famous Virginia horses.  http://www.vhib.org/famous-virginia-horses.html)

The psychic abilities of Richmond mare Lady Wonder are still relayed and revered in 2009 — 85 years after she was born.

Harry Kollatz Jr. devoted a chapter to her in his book “True Richmond Stories,” published in 2007 by The History Press.

“She still lingers in Richmond lore, decades after her passing,” Kollatz said in May 2009.

“It’s almost impossible to transmit the awe and wonder of the Lady Wonder experience,” said A.C. Griffith, whose Web site is richmondthenandnow.com.

“You don’t think of Lady Wonder as a horse. It’s something like parting the Red Sea there. It’s a greatness there. You know that you’re witnessing something out of the ordinary in your lifetime. You’re pretty much overcome by the event,” Griffith said.

What was it that made her so special?

“She would spell out the answers to any question posed to her by flipping a series of blocks,” according to bridlepath.wordpress.com. She could tell the past, present and future, Griffith said.

He recalls his own experience with the horse in an editorial comment that prefaces his Web site’s index of Lady Wonder articles:

“In 1953, I stood before Lady Wonder and asked, ‘Lady, what is my middle name.’ I remember maintaining a blank mind. Lady didn't move. Mrs. Fonda [Lady Wonder’s owner] said, ‘Lady answer the question.’ Lady didn’t move. The instant I thought of the spelling of my middle name, Lady’s head moved to the keyboard and she typed it accurately. As a result of my experiences with Lady, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Lady possessed a psychic ability generally unknown and beyond our understanding in science. Clearly, there was no trickery or deception.”

Today Griffith says “there was obviously something akin to radiation going on from my head to her head. That horse moved the instant I thought of the word.”

He said “back then everybody knew Lady Wonder. She was on Ruffin Road in South Richmond. Everything is gone now. The horse was housed in back of the main house in an old stable. And you paid Mrs. Fonda a fee and got so many questions and I went back there with Mrs. Fonda and the horse.”

Griffith said he was about 13 at the time and his “mother and father, her brother and one of his children also went with us this day.” He said they too visited the horse and that Lady Wonder apparently answered every one of their questions to their satisfaction.

Here are some other examples of her mind-reading abilities: * Lady Wonder spelled out the date on a coin held by a questioner, and appeared to know the time on a clock held against an observer’s body, according to bridlepath.wordpress.com.

* Lady Wonder had a sidekick, a Pomeranian named Pudgy, who played the keyboards, Kollatz said. He said when Pudgy got stolen, Lady Wonder named the culprit but Lady Wonder’s owner said a horse’s word was no good in court.

* Kollatz said that after his book “True Richmond Stories” came out, he spoke with people who had visited Lady Wonder. “One person said she married her husband because of Lady Wonder. I met her at a [book] signing and the woman told how, possibly back in the [19]40s, she asked Lady Wonder if she was going to marry this guy and Lady Wonder said ‘yes.’”

* Griffith said he remembers somebody asking Lady Wonder how she was able to answer all the questions and she flipped the letters for the word “mind.”

* According to a July 16, 2003 column by Larry Hall in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lady Wonder “received national press coverage in December 1952 for providing clues that led to the discovery of the body of a missing 4-year-old Massachusetts boy.”

The column also stated that “As Lady Wonder’s celebrity grew, scientists, psychologists and paranormal investigators came to assess the extent of her abilities.”

According to bridlepath.wordpress.com, Lady Wonder was studied by psychologist Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine, who was interested in psychic research and went on to found the parapsychology lab at Duke University. “Rhine believed the mare’s amazing feats were due to telepathy,” states bridlepath.wordpress.com.

Griffith said if one stood in front of that horse, “if you had any grain of sense, you obviously would know you were witnessing something way out of the ordinary and there was no trickery.”

And, he said: “If you write about all the horses in the United States, you won’t find one like Lady Wonder. She was uniquely different.”

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch column, “Lady Wonder died in 1957, three years after the date she predicted. She is buried at Pet Memorial Park in Henrico County. Claudia Fonda died two years later.”
4theloveofjake

That is an amazing story!
ElaineC

I wonder if she was related to Beautiful Jim Key
bit

amazing horse, but I'm beginning to think, not unusual when it comes to telepathy.  The more I learn, the more amazed I am at most horses abilty to touch mind to mind with their humans.
jackspark

bit wrote:
amazing horse, but I'm beginning to think, not unusual when it comes to telepathy.  The more I learn, the more amazed I am at most horses abilty to touch mind to mind with their humans.


Most just don't have the opportunity to show what they can do?  I guess we might be the least evolved in this pairing.
coveredbridgefarm

ElaineC wrote:
I wonder if she was related to Beautiful Jim Key
The following link isn't about Jim key but about Jim the wonder dog.  Jim is buried about an hour's drive from me.


Jim was just a plain black and white setter, but in all the annals of dogdom there has never been anything his equal.  Psychology professors from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri observed the uncanny things he could do.   They shook their heads in wonder and had absolutely no explanation for his behavior.  Even his master, Sam Van Arsdale, could offer no clue to his remarkable gift.  Jim earned his reputation during the hectic Depression days of the 1930s; the demonstrations he gave hinted of a power beyond the comprehension of mortal man.  So unique were this dog's talents that he became known throughout the land as Jim, the Wonder Dog.  



http://www.john-bauer.com/jim.htm



Just wondering here. When we think we can read the horse's mind we call it animal communication. What should we call it when an animal can read our minds like Jim and Lady apparently could?

Larry
new2thejourney

coveredbridgefarm wrote:
ElaineC wrote:
I wonder if she was related to Beautiful Jim Key
The following link isn't about Jim key but about Jim the wonder dog.  Jim is buried about an hour's drive from me.


Just wondering here. When we think we can read the horse's mind we call it animal communication. What should we call it when an animal can read our minds like Jim and Lady apparently could?

Larry


Well duhh!!  It's called HUMAN EDUCATION!!     Or... a speedy way to evolve the human who calls you thier 'pet'.  Oh my goodness, the booklists are endless....

'How to get your human to listen'
'How to educate your human on a higher plane'
'Horse Whispering for Humans'
'Tap into your humans inner thoughts'
'Educate and inspire your human'
'Your human won't listen?  They may be a RBE and cannot hear you'

Shall I go on?!!  We are WAAAAAYYYYY more disconnected with the universe than any other animal on the planet.  Oh, the education they give us and we just miss it.

Although my reply is said with tongue in cheek, there is also a deliberate seriousness that I believe in it.

Carry on with more logical conversation.....  

Karen.
xx
coveredbridgefarm

Karen wrote:
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Shall I go on?!!  We are WAAAAAYYYYY more disconnected with the universe than any other animal on the planet.  Oh, the education they give us and we just miss it.
Karen, you are reading my mind.  

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Although my reply is said with tongue in cheek, there is also a deliberate seriousness that I believe in it.
I'm right there with you.

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Carry on with more logical conversation.....  
Ok, how's this?

Perhaps man should not marvel at the abilities of Lady and Jim(or dispute them), but instead, maybe he should be aghast that his disconnect is so extreme that he must consider their feats to be marvels(or hoaxes). I hope I'm not offending anyone's religious views but it just seems like more people should be wondering why they haven't observed some indication of this level of communication with their own animal companions.

Is society in denial about man's own level of disconnection with the natural world?

Larry