There are a few different degrees of perceptibility.. the ones where I feel emotions as if they were my own (only recently...few years have I started being able to differentiate them) happen between me and family and very close friends. Otherwise it happened with other people sometimes but they were sudden surges so it's always been easier to tell apart. I've let myself dragged down by other people's emotions so many damned(shh) times...
Then there is something about emotions that are a result of intense wishes that the individual wants fulfilled. This can happen with animals as well (i.e. horses) and has happened to me. What I mean is: a horse riding center I went to had a pretty sick horse that couldn't be ridden (Respiratory issues> coughing, pulmonary pain, mucus). He was not only hungry for some love and affection, but a few seconds after looking at him I was transported for a brief moment in my head on a meadow watching a horse run and feeling as if this was the biggest most intense wish I (the horse) had and then I felt as if I wanted to take him out of there, and it was pretty annoying to try and calm myself I figured they must have been keeping him closed inside the stables for ages and I did not like it. I don't have any training about horse health and stuff, but the picture I got was crystal clear, I wished they took him out. I went and told them my thoughts (obviously not what I've seen they would have thought I'm crazy I guess) and yet they kept keeping him inside for another 2 weeks until the vet came. He hasn't been out in 2 months. The vet was negatively impressed and told them the horse needs to stay out as much as he can, and that the stables are only aggravating his condition because of the hay dust and all.
Another one was while riding, a few moments after hopping in the saddle i felt as if someone stabbed my leg. Then the next few moments after stretching I noticed there was nothing wrong with mine... I told my trainer there is something weird with my leg and I think with the horse as well... soon enough he started walking weird or lumping, though I was pretty newbie at that time so my trainer noticed the horse first... well apparently he had to lounge him for another 15 minutes while I (my leg) was fine the entire time.
It's not the only case I got sudden images containing emotions/wishes, but it's the freshest, and was by far among the clearest I've ever got, the one with the sick gelding. That's animals for you... clear consciousness.
updated by @kate: 04/09/17 03:38:00AM