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!

For Immediate Release: Reach Out to Horses’ Foal Gentling Program Assists in the Rescue of Slaughter-Bound Foals

August 18, 2014 – Centennial, CO

Reach Out to Horses, in partnership with Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption, Centennial, CO will begin their annual Week of Foal Gentling program on September 8, 2014. ROTH and FOHRAA will rescue 10 foals from the feedlot to give them a chance at a new life.

During this week long event, Anna will guide participants and auditors through her exclusive foal gentling process, introducing the foals to first touch, halter, leading, loading and lots more, in a non-stress, compassionate and effective way! The training they receive is priceless and a crucial step to these young horses getting adopted to the right forever homes and having that second chance at life.

By the end of the week many of the foals are fully gentled and ready to take the next step with a new adopted family.

Did you know?
It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. However, foals from one day to six months old, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather. Others who aren’t rescued are sent to slaughterhouses. These foals have no chance at life from the start. Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. Horrifically, some countries actually believe that if a foal is skinned while it is still alive the meat will be more tender.

“By gentling the foals and introducing them to humans it is our intention to make the better candidates for adoption. It is too easy to just throw these horses away like unwanted refuse. It is our hope to show the world just how valuable they are and help them find their way to new life.”
– Anna Twinney, Founder of Reach Out to Horses

Reach Out to Horses was developed with the mission of bringing harmony to horses and humans. For more than a decade, ROTH has been instrumental in the rescue and rehoming of hundreds of horses and well hundreds of thousands of dollars to the horses and the rescues with which they worked.

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption – With over 150 horses currently being cared for, FOHRAA is a 501 C 3 non-profit charitable organization located in Centennial, Colorado since 2001. FOHRAA is dedicated to rescuing good horses and adopting them to good homes, therapeutic riding and community service.

For more information contact Vincent Mancarella at info@reachouttohorses.com or Bill Stiffler at 303-649-1155.

For Immediate Release: Reach Out to Horses’ Untouched Horse Program Assists the Release of Mustangs in Wyoming Holding Pens

August 18, 2014 – Cody, WY

Reach Out to Horses, in partnership with Friends of a Legacy (Cody, WY) and the Bureau of Land Management will begin their annual Reach Out to the Untouched Horse weeklong program on August 25, 2014. During the 7-day program, 10 mustangs are removed from the BLM holding pens and given a second chance at life.

“When I go down to the BLM Rock Springs holding facility I will see over 800 mustangs, crowded into pens, waiting to be adopted – just heartbreaking – which is why I’m so committed to finding adopters for at least some of them. I can personally say that the trust, bond, and partnership that grows when working with a mustang is pure magic!”
– Michaele Dimock, Cody WY

Reach Out to the Untouched Horse is a very specific program designed to work with the specific needs, abilities, and character unique to the mustang. The participants will engage in hands-on, one-on-one work gentling the untouched horses in a stress-free, gentle and genuine trust-based environment. Using these customized methodologies, the group will prepare all the horses for adoption.

Over the course of 7 days the horses will be trained to:
• First touch and grooming
• First halter and preliminary leading
• Intro to pads, blankets, grooming tools
• Picking up feet / Farrier prep
• Yielding, backing, and head drops
• In-hand obstacle course
• Communication between horse and human
• And more…

They will remain in the care of private organizations or individuals until the right adoption home can be found for them. In some cases, they have even been adopted by rescue organizations and allowed to return to the freedom of the open range.

“We would prefer to see all the mustangs returned to their families, their herds and their homes, but if that is not possible then we will do all we can to help them and give them a chance at freedom from the unbearable conditions in which they live today.” – Anna Twinney – Founder Reach Out to Horses

Reach Out to Horses was developed with the mission of bringing harmony to horses and humans. In the pursuit of that goal, they have been instrumental in the rescue of hundreds of horses and well over a hundred thousand dollars to the horses and the rescues that we they worked with.

“Although we are very proud of the work we and our partners have done, we do not plan on stopping, or even slowing down, any time soon.”
- Vincent Mancarella – Program Director, ROTH

For more information contact Vincent at info@reachouttohorses.com or Michaele Dimock of Friends of a Legacy at 307-587-7358.

Pregnant Mare Rescue ~ End of Summer News & Updates

See what’s going on with this amazing rescue!  The season is changing, animals are being rescued, and Anna Is Coming To Town!

Pregnant Mare Rescue is a Temporary Sanctuary for the Mare and Foal.

August 9, 2014
The summer season has flown by and we are saying bye bye to the beaches & getting ready for back to school. This year has been full of surprises as I am continually being taken into new and amazing directions. Just as I was ready to relinquish the reins and seek my replacement, the biggest opportunity for the rescue yet has now presented itself. I have been flooded with pleas to make it happen, and so we are giving it our all. I am beyond excited, feeling that drive like never before!!  We are busy keeping the horses cared for as we diligently work toward our new future.
In the meantime we have mouths to feed and our hay prices here in Calif. are skyrocketing. So what does one do? We created a fun photo contest! The theme is “I LOVE you Man!” Enter your favorite photo of your sweetest pet showing the love! To enter is only $5. and voting is only $1.00. The prize is a 2015 calendar featuring the top 13 winners with the top number of votes taking Front Cover honors. If your entry is a rescue horse, there is an additional incentive to win a PMR “Equine Angel~ Rescue Warrior” T-shirt. These awesome shirts cannot be bought! You win one or volunteer for one! Please help us reach our goal of $10,000.Just click on the photocontest image below. I know we can do it! Contest ends 8/24/14 at 8:00PM PST.
Anna Twinney comes to PMR end of September! More on that coming soon!
With Love and Gratitude, ~~Lynn

Read the rest here!

The Language of Equus conveyed through Two Horse-Human Conversations

Sophie Peirce

My interpretation of Ruckus’s body language and my interpretation of how Ruckus read my body language.

 Each time a human interacts with a horse, the two are having a conversation. Horses, however interpret our actions in their own language, so for an authentic, respectful and two-way conversation to occur it is important for the human to learn the language of Equus.

This paper explores the language of Equus, using two (of many) interactions and hence conversations I had with the six year old rescued Icelandic gelding Ruckus, as a case study. As horses communicate primarily though body language, the conversations have been presented conveying body language (including positioning, posture and movement of shoulders, hips, limbs, ears, eyes and feet), elements of heartbeat, intention and feel – together with my human interpretation of what they might mean. Through observing our body language and reflecting on what it communicated, I have been able learn a little about Ruckus’ personality and learning style, which if I was to continuing working with him, would help me tailor experiences and lessons in ways to set him up for success, by building trust and bringing out the best in him without dominance.

Read the full experience by following the link below:

Sophie – Equine Psychology Project

Training A Geriatric Horse Case Study: Equine Psychology Course Project

Reach Out To Horses
Holistic Horsemanship Comprehensive Program – Part I

Lee Bialozynski



This paper explores the implementation of a training program designed to address the anxiety a geriatric horse exhibits when confined to an indoor space. The intention of the project is to detail and explore the following parameters:

1. Changes to a learned response (fear of confined indoor spaces). This is what the horse is to (un)learn.
2. Changes to the training program itself as it unfolds in real time and insights gained into the learning pattern of an older horse. This is what the human learns.

The subject of the training plan is a 35 year-old mare named Fancy. Fancy lives at the Zuma Rescue Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, with her paddock-mate Cookie.

This case study presents the daily activities of Fancy’s training plan. The definition/intent of the labels used in the following training log are as follows:

Plan – Presents the training session as developed by self, approved by Jodi Messenich, and reviewed by Anna Twinney.

Actual – Identifies the events of the day as they actually occurred.

Factors – Extraneous information, events, or other considerations occurring that given day that explain the difference between the Plan and the Actual training.

Observations – Any reflections or descriptions from the day. Also will present any learned behavior – for both human and horse.

Read the full Case Study by clicking the link below:

Training A Geriatric Horse Case Study

Correlation of Swirls and Facial Characteristics with personalities of Horses: By Val Israel

When we are unable to communicate with other beings we look for ways to “read” them. One of the ways we, as human beings, try to figure out just “who we are dealing with” is by their physical presentation which includes the way they look, their body shape and stance and their expressions which are partially dependent on their facial characteristics. Throw in the ability to communicate and we use these same indicators to either validate what we think we already know, to better understand them, or to give us more information or understanding of who they are and how they are in the world and with other beings. 

There are several physical indicators that have been formulated and studied to try and characterize a horse’s intellect, personality, and possible idiosyncrasies. One methodology is by looking at the pattern and location of swirls in the hair of horses. A swirl (or whorl) is a pattern of hair growth that is usually in the shape of a pinwheel , though can have a linear pattern and usually on the head, but may also be on the neck or body and then are known as trichoglyphs or sometimes cowlicks. This paper will examine a few of the facial indicators and the swirls of seven horses and compare them to look for correlations or contradictions with each other as well as impressions of their personality. The facial characteristics used in this paper include the profile of the head, the muzzle shape, the shape of the nostrils, the mouth, and the jowls.

Read the full case study below:

Swirls with Facial Characteristics of Horses by Val Israel

Press Release: BLM Poised to Eradicate Last Large Wild Horse Herds in Wyoming

Press Release:  For immediate release

BLM Poised to Eradicate Last Large Wild Horse Herds in Wyoming

US Congressman, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), supports listing of wild horses as endangered species

ROCK SPRINGS, WY (July 23, 2014) – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) with 280,000 followers, as well as numerous wild horse and animal advocacy groups, condemns the Bureau of Land Management’s scheduled roundup which will eliminate all wild horses on 1.2 million acre checkerboard land (alternating one mile square sections of private and public land for 20 miles on either side of Interstate 80) within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMA).  The roundup of 946 wild horses is the first step in the planned total elimination of all wild horses in Great Divide Basin and Salt Wells Creek.

“Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Great Divide Basin are home to the largest free-roaming wild horse herds left in Wyoming,” states Carol Walker, renowned equine photographer and Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) Board member. Walker has photographed the unique southwestern Wyoming herds for 10 years. “Genetic tests link the Adobe Town herd to horses re-introduced to the America’s by the Spanish in the 1500s. Great Divide Basin wild horses are descended from Calvary remounts,” she continues.  “To lose the wild horses in this vast landscape known by local residents as the ‘Big Empty’ would be to lose touch with our western history, heritage, and the untamed spirit of the West.”

The roundups, aimed at appeasing the powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), are in compliance with a Consent Decree between the BLM and RSGA, a back door deal allegedly encouraged by then-Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar. According to the Consent Decree the BLM agrees to zero out Divide Basin and Salt Wells, arguing that these unfenced wild lands allow mustangs to freely roam into private land in the checkerboard areas. Yet even in the Adobe Town HMA, which contains only a small portion of land within the checkerboard, the BLM intends to slash the herd by 100% leaving only 500 horses on over 400,000 acres of federal lands.

While BLM and RSGA contend that 1,912 wild horses overpopulate the 2.4 million acres within the HMA’s, TCF and WHFF research reveals that 356,222 cattle and 45,206 sheep graze the same lands under federally subsidized grazing leases. While cattle and sheep are not on the range year round like wild horses, the monthly average of 68,740 cattle and 10,741 sheep is staggering compared to fewer than 2,000 wild horses.  Livestock, not wild horses overpopulate and degrade the rangelands

TCF and other advocate groups question the legality of BLM’s Decision to reduce herd levels far below Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) set in their own Resource Management Plans, and without an Environmental Assessment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“Wild horse and burro herds and the federal lands on which they roam are under fire from those seeking to control land currently owned by the American public,” states Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of TCF.  Since 1971 wild horses and burros have lost over 20 million acres of habitat. 339 wild horse herds were designated for protection on western ranges when the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed. Today only 179 herds remain. 70% of the remaining herds are no longer genetically viable due to their small herd sizes. The intent of the forward thinking, environmentally sound and unanimously passed 1971 Act has been totally ignored by the agency charged with protecting wild horses and burros.

As recently as July 10, Utah Representative Chris Stewart introduced HR 5058, The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014 which, according to a Salt Lake Tribune article, “could allow states to sell wild horses to slaughter.”

“Apparently, Congressman Stewart is not satisfied with the sweetheart deal welfare ranchers have had for decades, in which they pay virtually nothing to run their cattle and sheep on land owned by the American public,”  Kathrens says. She also attributes the dire situation to BLM’s bungling of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. “BLM has turned their back on management practices that would allow for the animals to live out their lives in freedom, rather than languishing in costly holding pens and pastures.”

“Wild horses are between a rock and a hard place.  The BLM wants to eliminate them in Wyoming, and Utah Congressman Stewart wants states to have the authority to eliminate them on federal rangeland,” states Paula Todd King, TCF Director of Communications. “This is why The Cloud Foundation joined Friends of Animals in filing a Petition to List North American Wild Horses under the Endangered Species Act.”

“With the myriad of threats posed to the remaining wild horse herds in America, it is past time that we look to science to guide their management on our public lands,” states US Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ).  “I support The Cloud Foundation’s call for wild horses to be federally protected under the ESA.”

The ESA petition’s introduction states:

The primary threats to wild horses on federal public land are habitat loss, inadequate regulation, and excessive round-ups and removals. Overall, wild horses on federal public lands face the threat of extinction due to at least four factors identified in the ESA. First, habitat loss, particularly from cattle grazing, mining, energy exploration, and urban expansion, endangers the distinct population segment (“DPS”). Second, human utilization threatens the species, specifically removal and sterilization to reduce the population and allow commercial grazing. Third, existing regulatory mechanisms are inadequate to manage the threats that face wild horses and may, in fact, constitute an independent threat to their survival. Finally, other natural and manmade factors also threaten the continued existence of wild horses in the United States, including their artificially fragmented range and small population size. Thus, it is vital to the survival of this population segment of wild horses that it becomes federally protected under the ESA


Livestock far Outnumber Wild Horses Targeted for Removal in Wyoming, Chart by TCF & WHFF


BLM Schedules Wild Horse Removal from Checkerboard Lands


Decision Record and Categorical Exclusion


Federal Court Sanctions Gov’t Plans to Eliminate Wild Free-Roaming Horses from Wyoming Checkerboard


How the Department of Interior Sold Out America’s Wild Horses


Ranchers are Scapegoating Wild Horses says BLM Scientist


Wild Horse Oversight Act


Bill: Allow Utah, states to more aggressively manage wild horses


Petition to List a North American Distinct Population Segment of

Wild Horse (Equus caballus) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act


Media Contacts:

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation



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.

Experience the Majesty of the Mustang first hand! Final call.

Introduce a Wild Horse to Humans,  untouched-2


We’ve been talking about it for months but we are only a couple of weeks away now and we’ve only got 1 spot left! 

So it’s time to join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Would you like the opportunity to be the first human contact for a wild horse?

You have the ability to change the lives of a group of BLM mustangs.  Be a part of their future by participating in the Reach Out to the Untouched Horse adventure. 

For several years now Reach Out to Horses, with the help of our good friend (and ROTH student Instructor) Michaele, F.O.A.L. and some good folks at the BLM (yes, there are some very good, hard working folks at the the BLM) has been doing their part to help the plight of the captive mustangs.

Every year, we pull a number of mustangs out of the holding pens of the BLM, introduce them to the world of humans, and adopt them to new homes.

Not just any training.  We use the tested and highly effective, gentle, trust-based methodologies Anna has developed specifically to work with mustangs and untouched horses.  These methods are also great for working with spooky horses, traumatized horses, young horses, and many more.

And not just any homes.  We do our best to make sure the horses will be well taken care of and that it is the right fit for both horse and human.

We, of course, would prefer these horses be returned to their homes on the range, and we continue to fight to give them their freedom back.  But until that day, we will do our best to help the horses anyway we can.

And you can help too.  You have the opportunity to adopt these mustangs upon completion of the program.

Experience the majesty of working with these incredible symbols of freedom!  There is nothing quite like it.

For the horses,

Register Now!

4-H’ers learn from renowned horse whisperer

By Molly Ramlet, 4-H Club Reporter

Equine Specialist Anna Twinney presented a workshop on horse communication to the Bit of Class 4-H club the last week of June. The club hosted Twinney, an internationally-recognized “horse whisperer,” at Sue Sarasin’s barn in Greenwood Village. More than 20 members and guests attended the clinic. Twinney came at the invitation of club member Emily Connaugthon.

“I am very interested in horse communication,” Connaugthon said. “I thought the topic would be good for one of our meetings. We were really lucky to have someone of Ms. Twinney’s stature give us a demonstration.”

Twinney demonstrated both horse whispering and animal communication. She worked in a round pen, one horse at a time, with four horses: Faith, Fashion, Moonlight and Cherokee. Working without a lunge line or lead rope, she first demonstrated horse whispering — establishing non-verbal communication with a horse to gentle and train it. Next, she taught the club members about horse communication, which is the ability to telepathically connect with a being of another species, and literally communicate with them using images, feelings, thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and even mentally projected words.

Check out the Villager Newspaper article details here!

Are you hearing everything your horse is saying? The ROTH Newsletter is here!

Have you signed up for the Reach Out to Horses Newsletter?

Filled with fun, informative teachings, and upcoming events. A great way to be “in the know” on current horse news!

Contact megan@reachouttohorses.com to sign up!

Check out the current newsletter here!

From the Newsletter’s ROTH Virtual Classroom:

Watch these pairs of horses and humans learn with and from each other as they work through various obstacles.  Learn subtleties of how to help your horse trust you to lead them through  scary situations in-hand and then translate that confidence to the saddle. 

Holistic Horsemanship Experience, Denmark, May 2014

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