If you ever wanted to talk to your pet or discover what your pet is thinking, Joan Ranquet says she can help.

Ranquet has built a career as one of the country’s most renowned animal communicators. She says she uses telepathy to communicate with animals.

“Telepathy isn't some crystal ball or tarot card reading," she said Tuesday at the Stephens College Equine Center, where she was coaching students on how to better relate to their horses. "It's being able to communicate emotions and feelings with the animal through your energy.”

Telepathy is a transferance of pictures, words and feelings, she said. 

When Ranquet was young, she always had family horses but never paid attention to how they communicated. She graduated from Stephens in 1982 with a theater degree before moving to several different big cities throughout the country looking for theater work.

She ended up in Los Angeles, where she decided to buy a horse. She said that horse was the gateway to her animal communication and the reason for her work.

In 2011, Ranquet came back to Stephens and gave a presentation about how owners need to improve their communication with their pets using telepathy. Ranquet says that everyone possesses the power of telepathy; they just need to be taught how to project them.

Ranquet is back this week. After spending a couple of days with equestrian students, she plans to teach other students how to communicate with their dogs and cats.

“When people know and understand your story, you feel free," Ranquet said. "It’s the same with horses.”

Despite her many skeptics, Ranquet fully believes in her ability to communicate with and heal animal companions.

Sarah Hine, a rider at Stephens College, was a skeptic until Ranquet demonstrated an emotional freedom technique on her horse, Arthur. It consists of tapping on the rider’s pressure points then repeating the routine on the horse’s acupressure points. It helps the horse relax.

Arthur was a show horse from Tennessee who was donated to Stephens' equestrian program. He has trust issues stemming from an accident four years ago when he flipped over an arena railing and landed on his back.

Ranquet was astonished at how Arthur responded.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better demonstration," she said. "That was absolutely incredible.”

Sara Linde-Patel, program coordinator for the Stephens College Equestrian Program, was at a loss for words when she watched Ranquet use the emotional freedom technique on Arthur.

“Knowing how Arthur is, I could just tell how much more relaxed and trusting he was after Joan did the tapping," she said. "I had not seen that technique before, and that was something I was excited to tap into. I’m a believer in it.”

Ranquet has worked with celebrities and their pets and has written two books about communicating with animals. She has been featured on "Dateline," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," Animal Planet, in the Los Angeles Times and among many other publications. She is also the founder of Communication with all Life University.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford: swaffords@missouri.edu; 573-884-5366.

  • I am a Missourian general assignment and public life reporter for Fall 2017.

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