Chicory people are full of love and care for their families and friends. But they expect to receive love and attention in return, with interest, and feel slighted and unnecessarily hurt if they don’t get all they expect. Their great love can lead them to hold onto their loved ones and try to keep them dependent and close to hand. This may stifle the development of other personalities, or simply drive people away.
When we fall into this state the remedy helps bring out the positive side of Chicory: love given unconditionally and in freedom.
Chicory horses are happiest when they are able to show and receive affection. They may be unwilling to share you and so seem possessive when other people or animals are around. They may pine for you when you are not there. You may also see Chicory states develop between horses. But be aware of our natural tendency to imagine that horses are just like human beings. Behaviour that looks like Chicory to us may be neutral in a herd animal, and simply reflect his need to be part of the herd, or the strong drive he as to pair up with another horse for increased safety and mutual support.
The essence of Chicory is allowing to give unconditional and universal love without expecting anything in return. This brings him in contact the universal self-love and so allows to give loving space to others.
Things to look for:
- Horses who seek attention from ‘their’ human but show little liking for strangers
- Horses who guard and shepherd another horse to an excessive degree
- Horses who compete for your attention, either with your other horses, or when you talk to other riders, etc.
“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others; they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them.” Dr. Edward Bach ~