Welcome to the Reach Out to Horses® Blog!

Anna will be posting all sorts of great information here about natural horsemanship, animal communication, energy healing, and, as Anna wants to hear from you, you’ll be able to comment on all the topics.

We are even going to have the Podcast category in which you can comment on our guests on the popular podcast show Reaching Out with Anna Twinney.

We look forward to blogging with ya, so check back often!

Anna is excited every year to bring horse and human together through true, trust-based horsemanship and 2014 is no different.

Join us in Colorado or Wyoming for an adventure you won’t forget, or see how you can apply these unique and powerful methodologies to your horses and start your journey as a ROTH Holistic Horsewoman or Horseman

No matter the event, they are sure to change your horsemanship, your thinking and your life, forever.

And don’t forget, if you can’t come as a participant, join us as an auditor. Come for a day or for the whole week!

Take the journey to another world. A world of trust, a world of partnership…

A World of Results!

Anna and the whole Reach Out Team!



Photo by Lauren Munger

Photo by Lauren Munger


2-Week Holistic Horsemanship Certification Course

July 21st – August 1st, 2014
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Littleton, WY

Learn the Art of Trust and Horsemanship
with the Exclusive Reach Out to Horses Methodologies.

Whether your goal is to develop solid, well-rounded skills in your own private horsemanship or to become a respected expert in the equine industry, the Reach Out to Horses® Holistic Horsemanship Certification Course is for you.

This comprehensive program is designed for those who have a genuine desire to learn trust-based, gentle, non-invasive communication methods. It is the perfect starting point for equine enthusiasts, potential horse guardians, instructors, trainers, managers, those working in the equine industry, and those seeking to become professional trainers and clinicians.

This program has been carefully designed for more than a decade to give you the solid foundation crucial to the success in any discipline of horsemanship.

You will learn how to give your horse a voice, to understand the horse’s language, and converse using not only body language (that’s just the beginning) but through the many facets of the .

Find Out How You Can Be a Part of the Next Generation of Horsemanship…



Colt Starting 101

April 21st – 27th, 2014
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Littleton, CO

Spectators welcome

The starting process is one of the most impressionable times of a young horse’s life. Learn the highly effective, safe and very efficient ROTH methodologies for not only young unstarted horses but also to reestablish a more cooperative relationship with mature horses as well.

Learn More…


Anna at the McCullough Peaks with the Mustangs


Reach Out to the Untouched Horse

August 25th – 31st, 2014,
Cody, WY

Spectators Welcome

This week-long, life-changing adventure not only takes you into the training process of untouched horses but you will also enter their magical domain and discover how you can help these majestic beings as they face the toughest challenge to their very survival.

You will begin to understand their non-verbal communication in the natural world and over the course of these 7 days you will discover herd dynamics and develop a bond through building a trust-based relationship. Through Anna’s unique and highly effective methodologies you will learn the art of training the untouched horse and help give these horses a second chance at life.

And when it is all over, we are proud to say that the BLM has given us their trust and the opportunity to adopt the horses we work with out to the world. Rather than going back to holding pens so many of us have fought to stop, we will be holding an adoption of these precious beings on Augsut 31st!

A true win-win-win for everyone. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Wild West!

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Foal Gentling

September 8th – 13th, 2014
Friends of Horses, Centennial, CO

Spectators Welcome

Where else can you have the opportunity to be the first to make that magical connection with a foal? Unless you own your own horses, the answer is…


Learn the art of gentle and trust-based foal gentling. Those first moment of contact between horse and human can be the difference between success and failure, partnership and trouble, and even life and death!

Through Anna’s safe and highly-effective methods you will understand just what it takes to succussfully prepare a foal for her new life in the world of horse and human. These very hands-on 6 days will touch your heart and your soul, will exhaust your body and exhalt your spirit in ways you can’t even imagine.

Learn More…

Anna Will Be In Denmark, Germany, & The UK For The Month Of May!

Holistic Horse Day with Anna Twinney

May 1 – Nyt Hesteliv, Denmark
May 14 – LPG Ranch Furstenberg, Brandenburg, Germany
May 22 – Steinmauern, Germany

Spend the Day Learning the Foundations of the Most Unique and Comprehensive Equine Training Program in the World!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, you will explore the very same techniques that Anna has used, all around the world, to build genuine trust-based partnerships with thousands of horses.

Part I – “De-Mystify the Round Pen”: Witness the effectiveness of the Round Pen. Experience a language that goes beyond body gestures, and create a lexicon that can be used in and out of the Round Pen.
Part II – “Muscle Testing”: Identify what your horse needs to be 
happy, healthy & whole.
Part III - “Animal Communication”: Discover the world of Interspecies Communication.

For more information or to reserve your spot contact:
Hesteliv, Denmark – Regina, Reginahf@ofir.dk 
Brandenburg, Germany – Sönke,  sd@theeastshore.net
Steinmauern, Germany – Frido, info@insprofil.de  

Three Days of Animal Communication

May 2 – 4 – Nyt Hesteliv, Denmark

Anna returns with another 3 days of her highly popular animal communication workshop!

Would you like to talk to your horse about why he keeps trying to nip you all the time?  Maybe you’d like to know why your cat seems to be moping around?  Or perhaps you want to make sure your dog likes your new house or Partner!  Whatever your questions now is the time to ask them all.

Welcome to the Amazing World of Animal Communication.  Animal Communication, also known as interspecies communication is the ability to telepathically connect with a being of another species & literally communicate with them using images, feelings, thoughts, emotions and even words.   This is NOT body language.

Even if you have attended our class before or are part of the webinars, there is nothing like immersing yourself into the experience.  Gain personal guidance and explore under the direct tutelage of a master communicator.  Overcome hurdles, deepen your understanding and expand knowledge!

Day 1: The Physical – Learn How to Uncover Physical Issues, gauge pain and discomfort, assist vets, Increase Your Animals Health and Well-Being as well as understanding their complete perspective.   So often we know our animals aren’t feeling well but imagine being able to help them through any physical problems they might have.

Day 2: The Emotional – Of all the reasons for which people reach out to Anna, behavioral issues have to be at the top of the list.  But solving behavioral issues is far more involved than just telling your companion to STOP IT!  Learn how you can understand your companion’s behavior, uncover their needs and true intentions, and finally shape or even stop that frustrating behavior.

Day 3: The Spiritual – Animals in Transition.  The time when our animals leave us can be one of the most difficult times of our lives.    Anna will show you how to help your animal companion make his transition out of the physical body and then how to communication with them once they are on the other side.  You will also learn how to uncover your animals wish list before they go so you will have no regrets and be able to spend those last precious moments with them in love and support.

For more information or to reserve your spot contact:

Regina at  Reginahf@ofir.dk or go to  http://www.reachouttohorses.dk/ .

5-Days of Horsemanship with Anna

May 7 – 11 – Sealand, Denmark

Discover why the ROTH Methodologies are some of the most unique and effective on the planet.  Over the course of 5 days you will go in depth into the language of the horse and our exclusive ROTH trust-based training.  Bring your own horse or arrange for one of ours!

Topics covered will include:

Day 1 – T.L.C. –  Trust-Based Leadership and Compassionate Communication

- In the morning you will learn to use these exclusive training techniques that will set your horse up for success and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined.  Then in the afternoon you will take these techniques into the saddle and understand how to improve your riding for performance or for fun.

Day 2 – Overcoming Obstacles in the Obstacle Course at Liberty -

Learn the true language of Equus, uncover your horse’s unique learning style, read his body language, personality and history, and more.   Communicate non verbally with gestures, energy and telepathy to encompass your own accent and learn how to talk to your horse to develop a true partnership!

Day 3 – Food for Thought – You should never use food to train horses, right?  Wrong!  There is so much confusion and misinformation about using food in training and Anna will set the record straight.  She will go over the do’s and don’ts of using food in training and show you how treats can speed up your training sessions.  She will also show you how you can create problems when used incorrectly.  In the morning you will learn how to use food as reward in trick training and in the afternoon how to use food to help shape or change behavior in your horse.

Day 4 – Spookbusting and Saddling Up! – Learn the gentle, and most effective way of desensitizing your horse to everything from everyday objects to those potentially dangerous surprises – all while strengthening your trust-based partnership.  Then, just as in Day 1, take the methods to the saddle and learn how to effectively spook-bust your horse from the saddle!

Day 5 – Dancing with Horses – We end these info-packed 5 days with a bang.  Either work with your horse at liberty in the round pen or take to the saddle and explore the world of intuitive riding.  Learn to trust your horse, yourself and ride with grace and ease all while creating that true trust-based partnership between horse and human!

For more information or to reserve your spot contact: 

Regina, Reginahf@ofir.dk


5-Day Intuitive Riding Clinic with Anna

May 15 – 19 – LPG Ranch Furstenberg, Brandenburg, Germany

Join Anna, and student instructor, Sonke Dose, as they show you how to take your riding to the next level.  Many people believe that natural horsemanship is only for groundwork.  But they couldn’t be more wrong.  You will learn how to take the ROTH methodologies into the saddle and improve your riding for competition or for pleasure.

Topics covered will include:

Day 1 – T.L.C. –  Trust-Based Leadership and Compassionate Communication -

In the morning you will learn to use these exclusive training techniques that will set your horse up for success and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined.  The T.L.C. methodologies are the foundation of Reach Out to Horses and creating a trust-based partnership with your horse.  Through these exclusive techniques you will be able to quickly and effectively begin your horse’s training, fill in the holes and create a relationship between horse and human.  Then in the afternoon you will take these techniques into the saddle to increase the communication between horse and rider.

Day 2 – Overcoming Obstacles in the Obstacle Course at Liberty -

Learn the true language of Equus, uncover your horse’s unique learning style, read his body language, personality and history, and more.   Communicate non-verbally with gestures, energy and telepathy to encompass your own accent and learn how to talk to your horse to develop a true partnership!  Then in the afternoon you will really challenge yourself as you ride with only a halter!  Halter and bareback riding will enhance your feel and technique for any riding level.

Day 3 – Spookbusting and Saddling Up! – Learn the gentle, and most effective way to desensitizing your horse to everything from everyday objects to those potentially dangerous surprises – all while strengthening your trust-based partnership.  Then, just as in Day 1, take the methods to the saddle and learn how to effectively spook-bust your horse from the saddle.    You will start in the obstacle course and then make your way to spook-busting on the trail!

Day 4 – Intuitive Horsemanship – It’s time to put it all together and uncover how to trust yourself, trust your horse and ride with  fluidity, grace and ease, as you combine all that you’ve learned.  Anna takes your training to the next level, first on the ground and then in the saddle.

Day 5 – All day riding on trails – Now that you have learned the art of intuitive riding, enjoy your hard work and take to the trails on an all day ride!

The perfect combination of learning, work and fun!  Join Anna for this jam-packed week and take your horsemanship and your riding to the next level!

For more information or to reserve your spot contact: 

Sonke, sd@theeastshore.net, or call 0172-5609604.


3-Days of Holistic Horsemanship

May 23 – 25, Steinmaurn, Germany

Im Mai kommt Anna Twinney aus USA, Colorado zu uns auf den Sonnenhof.

Anna ist eine begnadete Pferdefrau. Sie hat jahrelang bei Monty Roberts sein Ausbildungskonzept mit aufgebaut und sich von dort aus weiterentwickelt und zählt heute zu den großen Pferdeflüsterern der Welt.

Sie bietet am 22. Mai einen “Holistic-Horse-Day” an und vom 23.-25. Mai einen Kurs bei dem es um die vertrauensbasierte Partnerschaft (TLC) mit dem Pferd geht. Das sollten Sie nicht verpassen.

Info und Buchung hier: 


Learn the secrets to creating a trust-based partnership with your horse. Join Anna for 3 days of horsemanship as she unlocks the secrets to creating a trust-based training program for you and your horse.

Topics Include:

Day 1: Obstacle Course at Liberty:

Learn the true language of Equus, uncover your horse’s unique learning style, read his body language, personality and history, and more.   Communicate non-verbally with gestures, energy and telepathy to encompass your own accent and learn how to talk to your horse to develop a true partnership!

 Day 2: T.L.C. – Trust-Based Leadership and Compassionate Communication

Learn to use these exclusive training techniques that will set your horse up for success and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined.  The T.L.C. methodologies are the foundation of Reach Out to Horses and creating a trust-based partnership with your horse.  Through these exclusive techniques you will be able to quickly and effectively begin your horse’s training, fill in the holes and create a relationship between horse and human.

Day 3:  DeMystifying the Round Pen:

* Learn just how effective the Round Pen can be in training your horse; * create the ultimate foundation for a relationship,

* introduce the saddle

* solve your most challenging horse related problems.

You will also discover how, combined with understanding the language of the horse, you can use the round pen to:

* uncover your horse’s history

*personality, character,

*explore the whys behind the hows

* discuss the 50/50 partnership

*physical well-being and more.

Explore the art of the silent language of the horse through thoughts, intentions and silent signals!

For more information or to reserve your spot contact:  

Frido at  info@insprofil.de.


Animal Communication Weekend Event with Anna Twinney

May 30 – June 1, Windermere, Lake District, UK

A Life Changing Experience for You and Your Animal Companions

Animal Communication, also known as inter-species communication is the ability to telepathically connect with a being of another species and literally communicate with them using images, feelings, thoughts, emotions and even words.  It is a great tool to speak with your animal, strengthen the bond between the two of you and to connect with your companion to truly understand them.

But many don’t realize how powerful this tool can be.

Spend the weekend in the Lake District with Anna and find out how you can use animal communication to not only transform your relationship with your companions but discover how to use your inherent gifts to telepathically connect and communicate with all animals.

Through demonstrations, lectures, and lots of hands-on exercises, Anna will share her experience and knowledge to help you go deeper perhaps than you ever have into the world of animal communication or  even into your relationship with your Animal Companion.

During this event you will explore:

Friday Night, May 30- An Evening of Animal Communication

If you have never experienced Animal Communication or even if you need a quick refresher, the Friday Night evening is for you.  Anna will go over the basics of this powerful ability, how you can reconnect with this gift and use it to communicate with your animal companions.  She will cover how it works, what it is, its many uses, do’s and don’ts and lots more.  The perfect place to start if you are just beginning.

Saturday, May 30 – Animals Communication for Behavior Modification, Negotiations, Personal Reflections and Blockage Clearing.

One of the most common questions Anna gets is “Can’t you just tell my animal to…” Well, for you parents out there, have you ever tried to just tell your kids to do something? Just because you say it doesn’t mean they will listen. Whether it be physical aggression, fear, mental or emotional anxiety, disobedience, or any one of the list of issues she sees, Anna regularly uses animal communication to address, alleviate and even solve some of the toughest issues.

On day 1 of the Animal Communication weekend, she will show you how you can use this heart to heart connection to solve your toughest behavioral patterns. It isn’t as easy as telling your companion to stop. You must understand why they do what they do, where the behavior began, what they are saying and needing and more, and how you can address your companion to create a win-win situation for everyone.

If that isn’t enough, she will also reveal how your animal companions can reveal aspects, issues and more about you. That’s right… often our companions mirror us and you will uncover how you can take this gift and enhance your own life. In addition she will teach you how to use animal communication to assist with clearing energy blocks for your animal.

And that’s only day one!

Sunday, September 22 – Animals in Transition

One of the most painful experiences for people with Animal Companions can be the time of transition. Although we never want our companions to leave us, it is a natural part of life and, just as we do with our human family and friends, we can assist our animals during this time as well.

Through the gift of Animal Communication we are truly capable of talking to our companions, finding out what their needs and wishes are, and helping them to make their transition with peace, closure, grace, and love.

Covered on this day will be:

  • Preparing Your Animal to Cross Over
  • Easing Your Animal’s Transition Through
  • Different Alternative Healing Modalities
  • Helping to Make Their Final Wishes a Reality
  • Uncovering Where, When and How They Wish to Pass
  • Connecting to Your Animal Companion After the Transition
  • Reincarnation and the Possibility of Another Chance
  • and Lots More…

If you really want to experience what is truly possible with animal communication or if you want to take your skills to the next level, this weekend is definitely for you.


Anna wants to make sure you have as much support to succeed on the road to animal communication as possible. So she is offering a bonus package never before offered.

A package valued at over £450. FREE. 

If you sign up for this extraordinary weekend event by April 1st, you will not only join Anna for this 3-day weekend workshop, you will also receive:

- Instant Access to Anna’s previously recorded 6-part webinar series – Animal Communication: The Real Deal

- Instant Access to Anna’s second previously recorded 6-part webinar series – Animal Communication: Just a Belief Away  

- A special coupon to access Anna’s upcoming $297 third 6-part Animal Communication webinar series for only $147.  

That is over 45 hours of additional training in this heart to heart art. Furthermore, the first 2 webinars are no longer available, but you will have access to them immediately, as soon as you register for your spot.

 Space is limited so don’t delay. Reserve your spot today.

Get all the Details and Sign up Now!

A minimum number of 15 participants is required for the event.  Although we are expecting to reach the required number, in the event that doesn’t occur, a full refund will be given.  All bonus material will be yours to keep regardless if the weekend is cancelled.

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Another Great Testimonial about Animal Communication

Photo Courtesy Karen Frame

Photo Courtesy Karen Frame

As you know, at the time of our animal communication session with you in February, Allie had severe behavioral issues, much out of character from her usual self. She had been checked by the vet and treatment was provided for abnormal heat cycles and ulcers. It was during your conversation with Allie that she told you about a magnesium deficiency. I remember both of us being a bit perplexed by her response. Following our session, I researched this and was amazed to read that Allie exhibited many of the traits of a horse deficient in magnesium. As further confirmation of your ability to speak and hear clearly what Allie had to say, I started her on a magnesium supplement two weeks ago. Within 2 days I could see a big difference in her. I’m excited to report that she is almost back to her normal self.

It has been a slow and steady progress as we get back to the basics and take baby steps with “everything horse”! LOL What I mean is 3 weeks ago, I couldn’t even get close enough to halter her. It was also extremely dangerous to enter her stall to provide hay, water or feed. Grooming or any attempts of physical contact resulted in nasty, agitated behavior. Thus, I spent nearly 2 months doing nothing with her.

Once she had been on the magnesium for a few days I was able to start working with her in the stall for basic etiquette; such as backing up and moving over out of my space. I could also work with and without food as she patiently waited for my next request. After just a week I was able to start grooming and simple groundwork exercises with her. Perhaps for some the simple task of leading your horse with a lead rope is not a big deal but for me it was monumental considering how reactive she had been prior to using the magnesium. This week, I spent the last 3 days doing ST (straightness training) exercises and she did fabulous. I even started to teach her groundwork for haunches-in which was a bit confusing to her at first. Despite her discomfort with something new, she tolerated it without getting explosive or trying to bite me. HUGE improvement!!

Your ability to provide not only confirmation of details I had not provided to you but also clarity of the real issue, “straight from the horse’s mouth”, truly enabled me to turn this situation around. Words cannot express the magnitude of gratitude I have for this outcome. Despite all the time and energy I invested in other areas to assist with Allie’s care, it was Animal Communication that provided the missing link!

Many, many thanks again.
Karen and Allie

Published in: on March 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Success Through Animal Communication


Anna had a very successful consultation with Finnegan in Arizona. “Finny” wanted his person, Diana, to know where he needed help. Diana called in the vet and Finnegan proved to be a very accurate at communicating his discomfort. 

Heres what Diana learned after the conversation with Anna:

Hi Anna,

I know you wanted an update on how Finnegan is doing so here is the latest:

I contacted a vet here that specializes in acupuncture, Bowen, Applied Kinesioloy and Chiropractic, Integrated with Western Medicine.  His name is Dr. Don Moore.   He did quite an extensive evaluation and for your validation, you were absolutely right on in your reading!  He heard sand and gurgling in the right side back under the rib cage on the flank.  After doing a fecal, he did find some sand. (no parasites) I had a fecal done on him in January but nothing showed up in that one.  I told him about the left side of his mouth and he found there to be some sharp areas and areas where Finny was not able to chew well.  Unfortunately, he believes it might be due to the power floating I had done on him last spring.  His fecal also showed undigested hay.

I have called the Healing Touch program to see if I can delay attending this weekend so I can so I can administer a Metamucil treatment and watch him closely over the next week.  I have also contacted a dental specialist in Arizona by the name of Phil Ratliff of Rite Bite Equine Dentistry to have him come and work on Finnegan when he’s in the area.

I can’t thank you enough for your clear and thorough reading!  The vet thinks Finny could be “the perfect storm” horse with sand and teeth problems and we may have avoided a serious colic with your help.

Many blessings,



Thanks for the update, Diana. We are all thrilled here at ROTH that it worked out for the two of you!

Anna is joining the advisory board of the American Horsewoman’s Challenge™
















The AHWC sent out this fun announcement!

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Internationally-Recognized Horse Trainer and Clinician Anna Twinney Named to American Horsewoman’s Challenge Advisory Board

SEATTLE, Wash.–March 17, 2014 NWNHC Productions has announced that world renowned horse trainer Anna Twinney is joining the advisory board of the American Horsewoman’s Challenge TM. The Challenge is a national equestrian competition that honors the contribution women are making to training North America’s horses and tests their skill at developing a well-rounded equine companion. The Advisory Board provides counsel to the event organizers, helps set direction and assists with development of the skills tests for competitors.

Ms. Twinney joins a panel of horse industry leaders including Debbie and Eitan Beth Halachmy of Cowboy Dressage, Grande Liberte performer Sylvia Zerbini and husband/manger Richie Waite,  Extreme Cowgirl and Cowboy Dalene and Craig Cameron and Liberty clinician Carolyn Resnick.

Anna has made her life’s work gentling Mustangs and sharing the Language of Equus around the world. She is founder of the Reach Out to Horses program and is a respected natural horsemanship clinician, trainer, animal communicator and Reiki Master.  She travels the world teaching the art of creating a trust-based partnership between humans, horses & all animal companions http://www.reachouttohorses.com

“We’re so happy to have someone like Anna on the advisory board,” said Jim “Hutch” Hutchins, event producer, “Her holistic approach to horse training, her experience studying and starting hundreds of Mustangs and her expertise training horses at liberty brings a dynamic perspective to the competition.”

The American Horsewoman’s Challenge brings together horsewomen from the U.S. and Canada in a six-month competition to train a “green broke” horse in the areas of Cowboy Dressage, Ranch and Trail Versatility and Liberty.   As many as 500 horsewomen may enter with the top 50 being chosen to train for the Finals competition October 3 – 5, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
More information about the Challenge is available at: http://www.horsewomanschallenge.com.

NWNHC Productions is a division of the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, based in Fall City, Wash. The Center conducts equestrian education classes and seminars, sponsors clinics with renown clinicians and offers professional development internships for students looking to make horse training and education their career. The company also retails equestrian equipment and supplies for those who prefer a “natural horsestyle.”

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Rescued Premarin Mares. Photo by Anna Twinney.

Photo by Anna Twinney


I have made it my life’s mission to give a voice to the voiceless through gentle ways of both training horses and coaching individuals on effective communication.

For almost 2 decades I have gentled PMU mares, colts and foals in both Canada and the United States; all of which have been rescued directly from the PMU industry.

As part of the mission of Reach Out to Horses® we support many rescues, in all parts of the globe.

Through our unique program we work with and gentle untouched PMU foals, nurse foals and slaughter bound foals as well as captured mustangs. Our goal is to give them a second chance at life and happiness.

By working with them and bringing their plight into the light of day, these rescues are no longer misunderstood. Their needs are…

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BLM Rejects Offer of Wind Protection for Corralled Wyoming Mustangs

Agency denies need for same protection it requires of all mustang adopters

In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.

“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “A week after our meeting with Mr. Storzer, we were excited to find a state-of-the-art lightweight product that is easy to install. I contacted Mr. Storzer and Joan Guilfoyle, Chief of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program in DC, to let them know what we had found and that we were willing to purchase the material and have it installed at no cost to the agency.”

“But BLM chose to look a gift horse in the mouth,” states Friday, a TCF Board Member and wild horse adopter. “Via email, Mr. Storzer reversed course and told us ‘This facility has been in operation for many years and there has not been a need to install or construct wind breaks.’

During the same time period, Kathrens informed the American Humane Association (AHA) of the situation. They communicated with BLM, asking to help with the corral windbreak project and received a conflicting letter from the DC office of BLM in which Ed Roberson, Assistant Director of Resources and Planning stated that “Animals held at the facility receive… protection from the harsh winds through both man-made and natural windbreaks…”

Mr. Storzer explained in his email why there is no need for wind protection for the mustangs saying “On the range, within these herd management areas, the weather conditions are cold with few natural wind breaks due to the desert terrain.”

Carol Walker, noted wild horse photographer, author, and Board Member for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, disagrees with Mr. Storzer’s statement. Walker has photographed horses in the area for years and states “I was just in the area two weeks ago prior to the big snow storm that came in, and I watched several bands of horses move to sheltered, protected areas that had little to no wind because of high cliffs. This area, which has many rock formations, mesas, and cliffs has an abundance of shelter for wild horses. These horses have the freedom to get out of the worst of the storm unlike their extremely unlucky brethren who are trapped in pens with no windbreak and no alternative but to huddle together in the freezing cold, snow, and wind. This is not humane treatment. This is abusive.”

Justin Scally, National Director for Humane Intervention at American Humane Association in Washington, D.C. said, “American Humane Association remains deeply concerned about the welfare of hundreds of beautiful horses after hearing reports that they are being warehoused without basic and/or adequate sources of shelter. These animals are now dependent on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for their protection and while we applaud their requirement that potential adopters provide basic shelter for any horse someone adopts – they must be held to the same minimum standard.

“How hypocritical to require shelter for adopted animals but those kept captive for years are provided none,” adds Friday. “The BLM’s denial of help seems short-sighted if their main concern is for these poor horses that can no longer find shelter as they would in the wild.”

“In many states, confining horses in conditions like this is illegal!” stated Timothy J. Harvey, Humane Advocate, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. “The fact that these windbreaks would be installed at NO cost to the BLM is in direct line with recommendations the Advisory Board has made in the past regarding accepting volunteers’ help both financially and with volunteer labor efforts. I do not understand why the BLM would turn down this offer.”

Adopters of any wild horse must provide proof of shelter before they can obtain an animal. Specific instructions state,You must provide shelter from weather and temperature extremes for your adopted wild horse or burro. Shelters must be a two-sided structure with a roof, well-drained, adequately ventilated, and accessible to the animal(s). The two sides need to block the prevailing winds and need to protect the major part of the bodies of the horse or burro.

Ed Roberson publicly asks for help in managing wild horses, yet continues to refuse help to care for those animals the BLM is supposed to be caring for.

Kathrens first contacted Mr. Roberson and Ms. Guilfoyle over a month ago regarding wind protection for the Rock Springs horses. To date Mr. Roberson has not responded to Ms. Kathrens. Ms. Guilfoyle only responded after she received a draft of the Press Release on Feb. 27, 2014 from Paula Todd King, Communications Director for TCF. Ms. Guilfoyle indicated she did not have time to review the “draft docs” by today. “We are unclear which ‘draft docs’ she is referring to besides the press release itself,” commented King. “Ms. Guilfoyle suggested we proceed with the press release.”

“In the meantime, a foal has recently been born in the corrals, the first of likely numerous wild horse babies,” Kathrens concludes. “This little one and the other little ones to come deserve protection. (Please see attached photo) I remain hopeful that something positive can be accomplished to help the captive mustangs.”


Rachel Reeves, New Foal at Rock Springs Holding 2014-02-21


BLM Warehousing Wild Horses in Rock Springs Without Adequate Windbreaks or Shelters

BLM Helicopter Roundups Continue to Destroy Wild Horse Herds

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.


Move Towards Love Workshop with Anna Twinney and Melisa Pearce

You are invited to a very special event. . .268

April 4 – 6, 2014

Bellamy Farms Amherst, VA

“The weekend experience I had in the Move Towards Love workshop was transformative.  It is a rarity to encounter not one, but two women leaders of note, who freely, authentically and skillfully give of themselves, creating an environment of trust and openness that allowed us all to reach into our depths and rise into new heights…. “

This is your chance to be a part of a magical workshop where Anna and Melisa will show you just what a genuine, trust-based partnership looks like, while you explore not only how to communicate with horses but what horses have to teach you about moving away from fear and towards love. 

Melisa and Anna met through their participation as contributing authors in the book Horse as Teacher, a Path to Authenticity. Discovering the commonality in their interpretation of horses and humans they have begun to work more closely together and today collaborate on several projects.

During this workshop, Anna and Melisa will teach you how horses interpret our fear, their natural response and how they lead humans away from it when understood.

Melisa will share her experiences with horses clairesentient abilities that she sees everyday as she partners with horses who emotionally heal humans through her Equine Gestalt(TM) process.

Anna will share her insights as a natural horsewoman who has traveled the world working with and studying equine behavior. She will show how they are effected in ways you may not even be aware of when you are working with them and what you can watch for with your horse.

This is a hands-on experiential workshop, combing the natural training techniques of Anna’s and Melisa’s Equine Gestalt Coaching Method ®.

Through training methods and animal communication you will explore your connection to these powerful animals and deepen your connection to yourself.

 Bellamy Farms in beautiful Amherst, VA

Bellamy Farms in beautiful Amherst, VA

This is the fourth year for Anna and Melisa have combined forces to provide this workshop.  You will learn a great deal about horses and maybe even more about yourself through working with them. No one knows all there is to know about our equine partners and the same holds true for personal insight.


This workshop is being hosted by Bellamy Farms:

657 Cherry Hill Rd.

Amherst, VA. 24521

For B&B accommodations or if you would like to bring a horse, 
please contact Carolyn:

434-946-2214 or email: carolyn@peacefulalt.com

Friday, April 4th – Private session 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exposition Evening

You will be joined by the public –  6:30 – 9:00  PM

Saturday, April 5th
Sunday, April 6th  

Private Session 
9:30 AM-4:30 PM   
(Lunch Provided)

Registration:  Only $1,197.00 for 3 days with Anna and Melisa


To register, call Melisa’s office at: 303-440-7120

email: info@touchedbyahorse.com


VISA or MasterCard Welcome

*Exposition Evening – April 4, 6:30 – 9PM EST

$35.00 pay ahead or $50.00 at the door


To register to attend, please call: 303-440-7125

**Expo Evening is included in Workshop registration 

Don’t miss this knowledge building, transformational  & inspirational weekend!



Only 10 participants will be accepted so call and register NOW!


About Melisa Pearce
Creator and facilitator of Touched by a Horse, Melisa’s techniques come from her history as lifelong and accomplished horsewoman, a professional coach, and her psychotherapy practice. Melisa specializes in bringing forth and empowering inner qualities of her clients through their connection to the horse.

She is the creator of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method™ and has an 18 month Career Certification training program with students from all over the U.S. and Canada. Melisa was named one of the TOP 50 Horsewomen in 2010.

Melisa teaches through being with the horse, how to better understand yourself. Her methods of using your intuition, and intention as well as the somatic vibrational field are all part of the tools she uses when working with horses.

Her unique Gestalt process and methods bring graceful breakthroughs from old patterns to new life affirming habits and awareness. www.TouchedByaHorse.com. 


Time for Another Webinar on Horse Conscious!

Join Horse Conscious For A Fantastic New Webinar With Anna Twinney

Great (Equine) Expectations

Sunday 23rd February at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK / 7pm Europe

Anna returns to Horse Conscious next month to share her experience about the do’s and don’ts of handling horses and what horses must go through in the world of humans and how you can best support your horse!  There is much controversy around this subject and Anna is ready to dispel myths, reveal her secrets and share her almost 2 decades of experience as an International Clinician and Horsewoman.

To sign up for this event head here and then sign on Sunday 23!

Rinding for the Disabled, (RDA) at Southern Equestrian Centre


SEC (12 of 18)


We have a riding school and livery stables in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. It has been operating for 12 years, and up to now we have taught conventional, classic English style riding for people who want to ride competitively or just for fun.

There are two of us teaching, Aileen Johnstone is a qualified instructor, she qualified in Kent, England. I am qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, I received this qualification at Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Although we currently teach classical English riding, we would really like to get involved with Therapeutic Riding, as we feel there is a great need for this in Zimbabwe. Both of us have been involved with Riding for the Disabled at a centre in Harare which used to offer this service many years ago, and in Pretoria, so we understand what is required and how it works.

SEC (9 of 18)


Currently we teach five orphans from the Sandra Jones Centre in Bulawayo. This is the maximum amount we can carry ourselves, but we would love to get the funding for more orphans, as well as the mentally and physically challenged children. We have enclosed a couple of photos of these children riding, and a letter we received from the Sandra Jones Centre. We really would like to help more such children. They really benefit from this type of therapy and interaction with animals.

King George VI Rehabilitation Centre in Bulawayo is currently working with us, and brings 6 children to us, twice a week = 24 sessions a month.  We can take 6 children at a time, currently, but we could repeat this number up to four times a day. The children benefit tremendously and of course there is the added relief to their families and carers as the therapy takes effect.

SEC (14 of 18)


Riding is a very therapeutic sport, the interaction with another being which is not human, gives such confidence to both mentally and physically challenged children, and the difference you see in these children is amazing, in as short a time as six weeks. (Actually we had our first session with the KGVI kids yesterday, and it was truly amazing to see the difference in them in just half an hour. The spasmed muscles of these children suffering from cerebral palsy were significantly relaxed after just ten minutes on the horse, and the smiles on their faces were pure joy to look at.) The movement of the horse simulates the movement of a human pelvis when we are walking, and so there is a gentle exercise and movement of the child’s muscles which they are physically unable to achieve on their own. We exercise their core muscles and develop hand eye co ordination, using a variety of exercises. We will be working closely in conjunction with the therapists at King George.

SEC (15 of 18)


As far as we know no other riding establishment in Zimbabwe offers this service, and it is a service which is sorely needed in any community, and one which would benefit our Bulawayo community greatly. We have also approached the Riverside Stimulation Centre to ask them to work with us as well.

Please would you consider this extremely worthwhile project, there are so many children in Bulawayo who would benefit from this form of therapy. It is truly amazing to see the change, physically, mentally and emotionally in the children enrolled in the program. Their confidence also literally grows as we watch. We are really looking forward to contributing to the children’s well being, and the community, in this way.


Our funding breakdown is noted at the end of this letter. The total funding required for the programme for one year is $11,550.

Note A: $15 per child x 20 children per week x 36 weeks = $10,800

Our costs per child per lesson is $15. This takes into account part of the costs of the ponies upkeep, the extra staff required per child, as well as supplying juice and a snack after the sessions.

This will cover the cost of the ponies, as I’m sure you know they are expensive animals to keep. We will rely on volunteers to support the children on either side of the pony as we work with them. Our staff lead the 6 ponies, so there are three helpers per rider, as well as Aileen and myself supervising and guiding.

Note B: Fuel for KGVI is worked out at 40c per km, x 26 km (13km each way), 36 weeks x 2 x per week, = $748.80, rounded off to $750 for a year.

$10,800 + $750 =  Total funding required: $11,550.

Many thanks, please feel free to ask questions about this enterprise. We have enclosed photos and supporting letters.


Jill BurgessSEC (13 of 18)

If you would like to donate please contact info@reachouttohorses.com for more information!

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