Around the Water Trough

Calling all Skeptics!

Shannon Habenicht

By Lauren Wingate, The Wingate Way
Animal Communicator

As you can imagine, there are many skeptics regarding an animal communicator. I welcome skeptics! It's amazing to witness the shift of people once they go beyond their logical minds. After hearing my words about their horses that only they would know, they become quite receptive to what their horses have to share about things they do not know. This new knowledge changes the animal/human relationship in a profound way benefiting both the horse and the human. I can feel the horse winking at me in gratitude! 


“I was sort of skeptical going in, but once Lauren called, it was all flowing. She told me things only I could know about my sweet mare. We had a very positive session and I learned a lot of new ways to better myself for my mare and I, individually and as a team.”

-Victoria Carroll
Horse Enthusiast and Cat Mom
Eventing Area III
Atlanta, GA

I feel so blessed to have this gift. Helping people bridge the communication with their animals is both my mission and my passion.   

We have all known someone who is afraid of horses...

Shannon Habenicht
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By Lauren Wingate, The Wingate Way
Animal Communicator

We have all known people who are afraid of horses. Horses have the uncanny ability of being able to read our emotions and act on those emotions to either benefit themselves or to benefit those around them.

This is a story in which a horse “volunteered” to help me quell the fear of a young woman who had a lifelong fear of horses. A few years ago, I was hosting an event at a barn in Wilmington, NC. I had worked with several horses and owners that day and during a break, Jess, who was helping me with logistics, confessed her fear of horses to me. WHAT? It was time to remove this lifelong fear immediately! Please enjoy reading about her experience:

Since I was 6 years old, I’ve been terrified of horses. Which is odd, given my extreme love of pretty much every other animal on earth. Lauren guided me into a place of peace and comfort, and I had the astounding pleasure of meeting this beautiful creature in a profoundly different way in comparison to my lifelong fears.

With my eyes closed, I listened to the sounds of the stables, the horses talking to each other, the carpenter bees buzzing. I smelled the hay, the pastures all around me, and the soft, warm smell of horse. I was suddenly overcome with peace. His fur was so soft, a stark contrast to his braided mane, which was coarse. I was guided to run my hands over his back and felt every muscle. I rested my head on his side and felt his calm, contented energy overtook me. I've never known what it's like to not be afraid of a horse ... I don't post many pictures of just myself ... but this picture is so special. Look at my eyes. Look at my smile. This is what inner peace looks like.” 

My work takes me in directions that I do not predict. I am always open to connect animals and people whether it’s the intricate relationship of a high-level dressage horse and rider or someone who is afraid just being near a horse.

My gift of communication is one that I am eternally grateful to have been given.

Cashe' – The 19h Warmblood and the Power of Energy Healing

Shannon Habenicht


By Lauren Wingate, The Wingate Way
Animal Communicator

Cathy from Washington, NC, contacted me in March of this year to have a phone session with her 19h warmblood, Cashe’, who was so sensitive to touch that she could no longer groom him, much less ride him.

When turned out, Cashe’, would constantly roll which was out of the ordinary for him. He had previously suffered from Lyme Disease and there was concern that it might be back. 

I start my communication sessions by first tuning into the horse both from an emotional and physical standpoint before I take questions from the owner.

Cathy and Cashe’

Cathy and Cashe’

When I connected with Cashe’, the first thing I saw was an inflamed nervous system and he kept asking me if I could help him. I started doing energy healing on him in hopes of him feeling relief. As I started working on him, I could feel him drawing as much healing energy out of me as he could. I was amazed by his commitment to heal, he truly understood that this healing energy surrounding him was going to help him. After 20 minutes or so, I could feel him start to calm down some. Cathy said that he had lowered his head and stayed that way throughout the session. 

Most of our session was centered around Cashe’ however, as is typical of my sessions, I also worked on Cathy’s anxiety from dealing with Cashe’ and the relationship between the two of them. At the end of the session, I was so intrigued with the depth of commitment I achieved with Cashe’ that I asked Cathy if I could continue to work with him over the next week - he became my case study! I am happy to share that Cashe’ is back to being Cashe’ which has its own challenges (reserved for a different session!) Now though, not only is Cathy grooming him again, she is also riding him again!  

My relationship with my horse has transformed since Cashe' and I had a reading with Lauren! The great thing is he wanted help just as much as I did. She addressed everything I needed help with as well as some things I had not been aware of. I didn't prompt her one bit! She could feel the physical issues immediately and began working her healing energy on him. It wasn't just physical. It was also emotional for both of us. By the end of our session I finally had hope for us as a team again! After I got off the phone with her, I cried my eyes out! I felt so much relief and joy! I can't wait to meet Lauren in person and have her talk to Cashe’ again! I'm just amazed at how much better he is and how our partnership has transformed to a new level. Lauren is truly gifted, and I highly recommend her!

 ~Cathy & Cashe’, Washington, NC

If you are interested in seeing what is going on with your horse, please reach out to set up a session at!

The Wingate Way

Shannon Habenicht

By Lauren Wingate, The Wingate Way
Animal Communicator


I have communicated with both humans and animals professionally for over 25 years.  I discovered that I had a gift for communicative empathy when I was 12 years old.  As an adult, I realized that this sensitive nature of mine was a very powerful tool, one that could be used to help bridge the gap between humans and their animals.

Since then, I have helped so many people understand their animals, as well as themselves, in a deeper and more meaningful way.  This bridge of communication is profoundly insightful for my clients - both 2 and 4-footed!

My mission is to improve the quality of the relationships that humans have with their animals and for both to have a mutually rewarding relationship.  My passion is the ability to give animals a voice so they can let their humans better understand them. 

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For anyone who wonders if this is legit, here is what I can tell you:

Both times that Lauren has done sessions with me, she has said things about both my horses that she could not have known ANY other way. Things about their history, medical issues that you cannot see by looking at them, they aren’t on my FB page and I fed her ZERO info on these horses.

She definitely brings a calming peace over them as she handles them and in BOTH sessions she has made in depth observations about me and has spent time trying to help me as well.

Overall I think there is absolute legitimacy in what she does and that she will leave you knowing more about your animals (and yourself) and there is value in the ways she can help you. Big and Rocket got to share their stories yesterday.

-Jewell Horton, Manager
Pender County Animal Shelter
Burgaw, NC