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!

Little Miss – A wonderful mare who needs your help

Little Miss is a beloved mare and mother at Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary who has been going through some severe health problems.  The cost of her vet bills has thus far exceeded $10,000.  Reach Out to Horses is determined to help her out.  Please read through her story and updates and consider helping this wonderful mare and Arizona rescue out.  Spread the word – we can do it!

A few weeks ago ROTH received the following:

We had to take Little Miss up to Gilbert to the Equine Hospital there. She has been ill for some time now with vet visits, etc. The doctor in Gilbert is not sure what is going on but there is a mass below her lung; he cannot tell if it is infection or possible cancer. 

Please send her Reiki healing. 

Her daughter Joy misses her very much here at Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary and we just want her to get healing and head home as soon as possible. 
Thank you!

October 31, 2014

Here is Little Miss at the hospital 2 weeks later. The reiki helped much, not out of the woods, but she looks so much better.

She will be on long term meds and careful care. Her bill is over $10,000.

November 4, 2014

Little Miss came home to Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary yesterday. Her vet bill is very large and she will take weeks of continued care with regular vet visits.

We could really use some help with the bills that are stacking up. Thank you to everyone who already sent in some much-needed funds. Please go to www.equinevoices.org to give; even a little bit counts!

Published in: on November 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

New Addition to the Reach Out Ranch Herd: Apple’s First Days

Uneventful would not be the way to describe Apple’s first day with us. Excalibur certainly ran her a bit down the fence line but she knew to explore her options and keep going. He didn’t make contact, but certainly ran her like they would mares in the wild, ears pinned, galloping flat out and snaking directing her moves. He kept it going for a few minutes, before they settled into the corner down by the gate and went back to back with X getting kicked and being on 3 legs…still driving her though and not missing a stride. Luckily no long term damage, but lame for sure. Once the initial exchange took place, X settled down knowing that Apple knew her place. The occasional reprimand at the water tank and lots of comfort and mutual grooming, X has now taken Apple on as his and is quite protective of her.

Aria accepted Apple as our second introduction and Apple wanted to rule the roost at first. Aria, in her bold way blocked Apple many times, with shear strength of body weight. The unusual behavior from Aria was her display of sexual interest which continues today as she sniffs Apple while “winking” sporadically. Squeals, kicks and mutual grooming allowed them to move forward to become quite connected. Apple seeks Aria out when she is fearful or being charged (over the fence) by Honey.

Honey dislikes Apple, to the point of charging the fence line continuously. It is not safe to put them together and we shall be
spending the week with them in at night to try to gain more acceptance.  They have individual runs so Apple can remove herself and away from the aggression. She is totally upset by her disruption of the herd and has no time for Apple. Pacing the fence, ears back and wishing to make contact with her physically is how the day is spent. Conversations with Honey about acceptance and Apples role have been explained to her as a lead mare.

Apple is truly a gem. Vin spent hours fixing the fence line before winter hits and she followed him around gently and respectfully. She is becoming comfortable with a stall at night and spends her days outside with either X or Aria at this time. Time will tell when its right for us to open the gates for the herd to be together.

Published in: on November 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

3-Day Intuitive Riding Clinic: Through Students’ Eyes

Happy Dog Ranch
Littleton, Colorado 

What was so special about the weekend was experiencing the full/logical and heart felt progression of trust building. It was just perfect.  From starting with the TLC exercises, to doing the obstacle course in hand, and then riding, to the ultimate experience of riding with my eyes closed and trusting Hollywood. The full circle of spending days asking her to trust me (and actually years of asking various horses to trust me), and then to finally let go and ask and trust her to carry me safely in the arena. When I did peek, she had already started to turn the corner before I opened my eyes. I don’t think I had ever gotten the importance of also trusting my horse, so very clearly before this weekend.
Grace Gabrielli

I must say that Anna Twinney’s 3 day Intuitive Riding Clinic in CO was fascinating and amazing and opened up a whole new world of riding with a new aspect of communication with horses while in the saddle. I came out of the clinic a far better rider and and a more effective communicator with my horse. My confidence as a rider was also boosted by what I learned by many things which included using subtle cues between me and my horse.  I learned that one does not need to “argue” with your horse to go on great rides and that using the tools given us there is no longer a need for strong use of the reins or my legs/feet .  I saw people of all experience levels of riding taken to higher levels through many different exercises and learning “tools” which included using energy and telepathy to build trust and a partnership with one’s horse.
We came away with not only a better understanding, but with enhanced and with new riding skills. We also learned practical things to take home and incorporate such as the use of an obstacle course. We learned ways to desensitize and “de-spook” our horses in kind and gentle ways to various things they may encounter on rides. The clinic was full of invaluable lessons that I not only learned, but also became second nature.
~Val Israel
Published in: on November 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloud’s New Daughter! Consider donating to help protect Cloud’s herd in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana.

The Fillies of Autumn

October, 2014

A Pryor Journal

The wind has a bite to it. A wintry feel, I think to myself as I hike on the ridges of mid-Tillett. Dark clouds hover over the Bighorns to the east and Big Pryor Mountain to the west.

I’m on a mission. Steve Cerroni has given me specific clues on where he last saw Cloud, Feldspar, Ohanzee, Innocentes (Ingrid). . . and her new foal! I was excited to lay my eyes on the youngest Cloud’s offspring, but worried about Innocentes and her newborn. Autumn is a dangerous time to be born.

In the winter of 1976-77, all the foals and every older horse died. Over the past 20 years I’ve seen at least a dozen foals born in September and early October. Most did not survive. In one case, not only the foal disappeared, but the mare as well.

As I hike, I see a flash of movement in a stand of junipers and stare through my binoculars. There it is again.  It looks like the flick of a tail behind the dense trees—a stubby, black tail. Could it be Ohanzee? I hike closer and the handsome blaze-faced foal comes into view with his mother, Feldspar. Farther away I can see the small dun mare, Innocentes. Then I spot Cloud foraging in the grassy canyon.  But where’s the foal?

I walk in their direction and see something on the ground near Innocentes. The tiny lump leaps to its feet and walks to her mother to nurse. I quickly text photographer, Kim Michels, who is accompanying me. Then I catch sight of Kim hiking downhill toward me. She too has seen the band. Together we sit quietly and watch the little family and their new foal.

The foal stops, lifts her tail, and pees. It’s a girl!  Kim and I simultaneously and silently conclude. Cloud and Innocentes’ daughter is one of the few fillies born this year. Her sex may ensure that she will be allowed to live free on her mountain home. . . but for how long? She’ll  need to be tough and lucky. Even her mother is in jeopardy.

As we sit and watch Cloud grazing peacefully with his family, I begin worrying about an early winter just as it starts to snow! The horses continue to graze. The stout newborn filly plops down for a nap, appearing to ignore the big flakes. Has she already seen it snow?, I wonder.

We tear ourselves away from Cloud’s band, driving uphill only a half a mile before we spot Encore, Knight and the bachelors in the forest. The filly looks our way and in the falling snow she looks like an angel. At that moment, I can’t help but regret how her life has turned out so far. Her youth has been stolen from her and she will likely never have the opportunity to play with Ohanzee and her baby sister.  It’s is the only time I will see her beautiful face on my five-day journey.

We continue traveling up the mountain, nearing a spot about two thirds of the way to the top where the ridge narrows into a spine. It’s the site of an old horse trap, perched on the steep slope with the road being the only escape route. Historically, mustangers funneled frantic wild horses from the mountaintop into the trap.

As we approach the narrow spine and the gateway into the trap, we spot Cloud’s mother, Phoenix, leading her family downhill. I back up, giving them room on the narrow passageway to continue their travels. Phoenix leads the family around us. How lovely, I think. The 23 year-old mare is as beautiful as ever.

Above the trap we travel into the more open limber pine forest, searching for Gringo and his band and the second filly born at the very end of September, this one to Galadrial. Again, Steve tipped us off to his discovery a few days before we arrived. Surely in this blustery weather, the band will have dropped lower down. Wrong!


As soon as I see the leggy sorrel filly, I know the father is not Gringo. She is Chance’s daughter. The red roan stallion led this band until Gringo stole them, but Chance has never given up trying to reclaim his family and he was observed breeding the filly’s mother, Galadrial, last fall.

As we photograph the filly, Chance approaches Gringo and the two stallions posture and strike at each other. The never-ending conflict between them continues.
(Gringo left and Chance right)

Chance’s daughter seems cold and rather listless. You will have to toughen up girl, I think to myself as we take pictures, then duck back into the protection of the UTV with our loyal companion, Quinn, my Irish Terrier.

Over the next four days I see the fillies growing stronger.  The weather improves a bit and we find Cloud and his family still down on Tillett.

Ohanzee is curious about his little sister, but the filly lays her ears back and goes to her mother when the colt approaches her. In time this will change, I whisper to Ohanzee. He is a lovely, smokey black and reminds me of his grandfather, Raven.

When Cloud’s two-year-old son, Mato Ska, approaches with Mandan and their big protector Grijalla, Cloud goes out to say hello and reminds the beefy bay to keep his distance.

I see Cloud do the same with Jackson, having little trouble backing him away.  This is good, I think. The next day Cloud and his family move to the top, as do many of the bands.

I hike to a far hill to get a closer look at He Who (Horizon) and the band, including the stunning Cloud granddaughter, Jewel, the daughter of Bolder and Cedar. Jewel is the great-granddaugher of Raven and his mare, Isabella. She has inherited Isabella’s unusual, pale buckskin color.

The oldest horse in the Pryor Mountains is one of Jewel’s companions, the amazing Tonopah. At 28, this venerable grulla looks like a far younger mare. Tonopah is Chance’s grandmother and the mother of Baja, Lakota, Brumby, and War Bonnet. I believe she is related to more Pryor mustangs than any other horse on the mountain.

We watch as Gringo’s family with the new sorrel filly approach the waterhole.

Nancy Cerroni and Anh Nguyen join us, and I know that all of us are delighted to see the stylish, sorrel filly come to life. She begins to run, buck, wheel and buck some more. This is like a rerun of Chance as a foal. Life is a circle, so they say, and I feel I am living it on this beautiful, blustery October afternoon.

The filly is appropriately named Oceana in honor of her grandmother, Atlantis. My friend, Susan Sutherland, and I were visiting the mountain in September of 2008. We spotted Atlantis with her fragile newborn foal. They were climbing the hill from the spring-fed waterhole. It is possible that Susan and I were the last humans to see the mare and foal alive. I hope Atlantis’ daughter, Galadrial, and her granddaughter, Oceana, might fare better.

Unlike Oceana, Cloud’s daughter is a stocky filly like her mother, with a short back and tiny ears. What a cutie, I think.

If Cloud can stay strong and protect his family, the chances for Innocentes and the filly I name Orielle improve greatly.  Orielle means golden like her bright bay coat.

With so much water still in the snow-fed waterhole near Penn’s Cabin, the bands drift in and out of the scenic spot below limestone cliffs.

The weather seems to be slowly improving but the wind persists. We sit quietly, watching the horses coming to water and we hike beyond the waterhole where Cloud and his family rest and graze. The aging stallion looks well.

Has there ever been a stallion in the Pryors with such wise, expressive eyes? I realize I am prejudiced. . . prejudiced and proud of his brave struggle to overcome injury and regain his family. I have no doubt both Anh and I are praying that he will come out of winter, still leading his family. And I am praying the fillies of autumn will survive the challenges of the coming months.

Reluctantly, we leave Cloud’s sacred mountain as the sun bathes the low country in the last warm rays of sunshine.

Happy Trails!

P.S. It seems like yesterday when Chance was a newborn like Oceana. I was filming for the National Geographic special on Horses in 1998 when the colt was only a few days old. He dashed through the forests of Tillett Ridge with his mother, War Bonnet, who was running to keep up with her speedy, fun-loving son. My friend and co-worker, Trish Kerby, who passed away recently, gave the sorrel colt his name, Flash’s Last Chance. She was particularly fond of his father, Flash, who sired the foal when in his twenties. Chance is my Trace’s half-brother (both are War Bonnet sons). I like to think they both have character. I admire Chance for his persistence and loyalty to his family—qualities I imagine most of us value.

Please visit The Cloud Foundation website to help the Arrowhead Mountain mustangs:


Published in: on October 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Journey Back to Freedom

written by Michaele Dimock

Mariah and Saint Patty are two mustangs that share much in common. Both mares grew up on the wide-open spaces of Wyoming – Mariah in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA) and Patty in the McCullough Peaks HMA. Both were gathered by helicopters, transported and placed in crowded corrals of the BLM Rock Spring’s horse holding facility, and both wanted a ticket to freedom.

Each year I make an annual pilgrimage to the Rock Springs corrals to select 6-10 untouched mustangs from amongst the 700-800 residing there, thanks to a fostership agreement I have with the BLM. I then transport the horses back to my ranch where they become participants in Anna’s ‘Reach Out to the Untouched Horse’ course. In 2010 I selected Patty, and in 2012 I chose Mariah.

It was hard to ignore both Patty and Mariah in the selection process. They positioned themselves right in front of me as I peered out into the corrals to get a good look at all the horses contained within. When I moved… they moved… making sure I took ample time to admire their good looks and suitability. And so the two were selected and came home with me.

Mariah in BLM Rock Springs
ROTH student Janne Jensen did a stellar job gentling Patty in 2010 and would have loved to adopt and take her home – if it hadn’t been for the 6000 mile distance to Denmark! It was easy to see that Patty enjoyed Janne’s attention too, especially the scratching. But with subsequent training, it was also easy to see Patty’s uptight, up-headed, suspicious nature whenever anything new was introduced. Though compliant, I don’t believe that Patty ever really enjoyed or fully engaged in the courses that followed, so she was eventually taken off participant roster and became more of a pasture ornament.

The nature of Mariah was quite different. She let it be known from the very first day that she had no use for humans. She was reactive, fearful, distant and unwilling to participate on any level. Anna suspected that she had been abused – probably roped – sometime between her capture from Adobe Town, temporary housing at the Honor Farm in Riverton, WY, and final destination in Rock Springs. During the next two years I did make several attempts to reach out by offering hay from a bucket; and while she was able to approach to within a few feet, it always felt like a potentially dangerous situation. She became alarmed at even the slightest ‘surprise’ movement and would spin on a dime or jump away, leaving me to believe that this raw, reactive behavior would get me injured or killed some day.

Mariah & Lloyd - clinic session
Discussions about finding a wild horse sanctuary for Mariah, where she could spend her life in freedom, was never far from my mind. During the ROTH get-togethers, it was one of our regular topics while standing by her pen. And while inquiries had been made to various rescues, all was at a standstill until a village of generous individuals stepped up to make it happen.

This past July I met a very special ROTH student, Val Israel, who told Anna and me that she would make the financial commitment to sponsor Mariah at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Val contacted its Director Susan Watt and had Mariah placed on their waiting list. About that same time, an anonymous donor from the east coast told Tricia Hatle (friend, BLM wild horse specialist for the McCullough Peaks, and fellow ROTH student) that she would like to sponsor a McCullough Peaks horse if a sanctuary situation was needed. So when Susan Watt asked if Mariah would be coming with a traveling buddy we could enthusiastically answer, “Yes”! In the days that preceded the journey, Saint Patty bonded instantly with Mariah. I believe they knew the importance of this relationship, their destinies would now be aligned, and they needed to make every effort to make it happen too.

Patty & Mariah bonding
There was only one large hurdle to climb before setting out on our trip. Both Mariah and Saint Patty had Coggins Test results too old for transport. (In the state of Wyoming, horses need a health certificate, a Coggins Test showing negative results from within a year of the blood draw, and title of ownership from the Brand Inspector in order to go over the state border). We knew that drawing blood from Patty wouldn’t be a problem, but Mariah would be extremely stressed and here’s why…

Soon after arriving at my home, Mariah’s BLM identification tag (suspended from a cord wrapped around her neck) pulled over one ear and became so tight that it caused a sore spot along her cheek. It may have even affected her breathing. With dart gun in hand, Tricia sedated Mariah in order to remove this tag but the ordeal did not go well. The veterinary clinic had given Tricia a concoction of sedatives which caused Mariah to struggle horribly in the process of falling asleep. For forty-five minutes she fought against the drug by struggling to get up whenever she fell down; and when she was finally sedated there were only a couple of minutes for removing the tag before the whole ugly ordeal happened again in her awakening. At one point Tricia was fearful that the mare might kill herself. So as you can imagine, both Tricia and I dreaded the idea of drawing Mariah’s blood sample either through sedation or by forcing her into a chute (given her volatile nature and limited chute options available in the area).

Again the stars aligned when Tricia contacted the State Veterinarian for Wyoming and explained the situation. He in turn contacted the State Veterinarian for South Dakota and they discussed the possibilities for transport. Since Mariah was extremely untouchable, both mares had lived on my property for years without illness, and both had previously tested negative for Coggins, they were given a one-time special clearance for transport – provided we go directly to the sanctuary.

One week before our trip, I parked my stock trailer in front of the mares’ open corral gate and offered them hay in the trailer and just outside of it. Though they managed to lean far into the trailer to snatch the hay, they never had the courage to actually enter; but that was okay with me because I just wanted them to get used to its sight, smell and sound. Tricia & Michaele after a successful loading
The morning of October 5th was beautiful with warm temperatures and blue skies. Tricia and I have become experts in loading untouched horses; so with our strategically positioned panels and a little bit of pressure, the girls quickly hopped aboard. Thus we were on our way to South Dakota.

I wish I could tell you that the release into the sanctuary was magical… with the mares galloping off in the distance – manes flowing, tails standing tall, whinnies of joy – but it wasn’t. It was quiet and peaceful, as Patty and Mariah jumped off the trailer and into an initial holding corral. We were told that after a day or two they would be moved to a large ‘kindergarten’ area (surrounding the corrals) where they could meet other members of a selected band with whom they would hopefully bond. Most likely they would remain there throughout the winter until time came when all would be released into the 12,000 acre sanctuary.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to see that wonderful day, but my heart will rejoice when my beautiful mustangs, Saint Patty and Mariah, return to the freedom that was once denied them. Be free my beauties!
Black Hills Sanctuary holding corral

Published in: on October 27, 2014 at 11:04 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Linda Tellington-Jones’ eBay Auction “Treasure Sale” to Benefit Dear Friend who has Lyme Disease

Please join us and let’s help Kate overcome this insidious disease and get back on the road to recovery!

Lifewave Pain PatchesLinda (left), Shannon (standing) and Kate (sitting) at the Tevis Talk that Linda delivered in March

As many of you know, my long-time friend Kate Riordan has Lyme Disease and has been suffering for a year with this devastating disease. She spends some 18-20 hours in bed every day, is unable to walk without assistance, and is plagued by overwhelming exhaustion and pain from the disease.

In an effort to help her financially (she hasn’t worked in 11 months), and with the aim of keeping her mortgage paid, I have selected a number of pieces of my personal clothing (many of which I have worn at various expos around the world ? including beautiful leather riding skirts) and pieces of my jewelry to be auctioned off on eBay. All proceeds go to Kate.

To look at the items, simply visit the TurtleRockRanch listings on eBay and look for LTJ in the auction titles. My items are listed with the initials LTJ in their description, so you can also visit eBay and type LTJ in the search box, but there are other people with initials LTJ, so for general eBay searches, keep scrolling down — all the clothing and jewelry will eventually come up on the same page. We’re going to use the initials LTJTT in the descriptions, but it will take a day or two to achieve that. And be sure to check back often — we’re adding more of my items all the time.

Kate has been a dear friend since 1976 when we met on the Great American Horse Race. Perhaps some of you remember her from the first TTouch Cellebration when she told hilarious stories about her travels with me. Kate has been an ambassador for TTouch ever since 1976, and has written hundreds of articles about TTouch and TTEAM over the years. She remains one of the biggest advocates of our work, and practices it in her life — on her animals, herself, friends, and as a meaningful philosophy for life.

Please post this notice about www.ebay.com and LTJ (soon LTJTT) on your website, and please also send it out to your email data base. All the profit goes to Kate, and gives our Tellington TTouch family a chance to have some fun bidding on these items. This opportunity to buy beautiful clothing and jewelry at great prices also provides people with some of the energy of all the events these clothes have experienced!

Thank you so much for helping. It’s been a fun project to reach out and share this event with our TTouch family around the world, and to share the energy of TTouch in the clothing and jewelry! And it’s also a fun way to further the message of the Tellington TTouch Method. Please join us and let’s help Kate overcome this insidious disease and get back on the road to recovery!

With gratitude,
Linda Tellington-Jones

Keeping in TTouch - Tellington TTouch Training eNews

Published in: on October 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Story of Saga: An Animal Communication Success

The email I received about Saga was dated “on my birthday”.  That was my first clue that Saga should come and live with us.  As silly as it may sound (especially at my age) – the first thought that came to mind – after replying “yes” to the email – was, “I’m getting a pony for my birthday”…   Wow, how many kids in the world have dreamed of saying that!!!  I forwarded the email about Saga to my brother who also lives on my place and has a wonderful relationship with my two horses – that I’ve had for 20 years.


Well, at my age, I figured I can make it happen because I don’t have to ask permission from anyone!  It was so much fun to go around the office and tell people “I’m getting a pony for my birthday”!!  Then I would tell them about Saga and invite them to come out and visit him.  Many of them have already come out to visit my two Paso Finos.  I love teaching both children and adults about horses – it’s like “magic fairy dust” – it changes them forever.  The response from my friends and family overwhelmingly confirmed I had made a great decision! 


My “deep down inspiration” for saying “yes” to Saga, is something that has been brewing for most of my life.  It is the story of Black Beauty.   Horses work so hard to please their people.  They are great companions and provide such wonderful therapy (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually).  They do so much for us – they deserve to have a “retirement plan”.   The photo in the flyer about Saga said “I’m unique – wanna be my friend”?


I am lucky enough to have watched my grandpa farm with horses – “Babe and Dolly” were his Belgian team.  My grandpa passed his love for horses on to us – allowing us to go in the barn and visit the team while they were on break in the middle of the day – allowing us to reach up and pet those velvet soft noses while grandpa ate the lunch we brought out to the field – and best of all – allowing us to ride alongside him, on the hay rake, as he worked.  That’s what started a life-long love for horses.  Unfortunately, Babe and Dolly were eventually no longer available for lease and my grandpa reluctantly started using his new tractor that had been sitting in the shed.


My biggest regret was selling my 4-H horse, Coke – a half quarter horse, half draft horse – red roan pinto.   She had been my best friend through my Junior High years and won a grand champion ribbon for me in Trail Class.  As in the story of Black Beauty – I saw the homes and owners she had and where she ended up…  It broke my heart.  I thought I was giving someone else a chance to have the same experience with her that I did.  But, the new girl didn’t spend time with Coke like I did.  Due to a severe cold snap and frozen water pipes, we had to temporarily move during the winter.  We “wintered” at the farm next to where Coke was living, so I thought I might walk over and visit her sometime.  One day, while washing dishes, I had the feeling that someone was at the door.  I hadn’t heard a car drive up but there was something telling me to “go to the door – someone is waiting for you”.   I got the “biggest” surprise when I looked out the door and there stood Coke!  She had no halter, so I knew she had escaped from the pasture to come and see me – perhaps the familiar laughter of my siblings playing outside had drawn her attention.  I looked in her face and I could tell she was saying “where have you been – I’ve been waiting for you”.   I wish I would have asked my mom and dad to buy her back immediately…


I’ve sold one Paso Fino colt, outside my family and my brother and I helped sell my sister’s Paso Fino herd.  As a family, we helped my sister place her last mare with the last colt, with a lady who had rescued my sister’s grand champion stallion/made gelding by his new owner.  The lady had plans to start a Paso Fino herd with that colt – the last colt from that champion sire…   I kept in touch via email with the owners of each of the Paso Finos – making sure I knew they were in good homes with good futures.  Receiving photos and updates from the new owners was so wonderful.


Saga… “is Babe and Dolly”…

Saga… “is Black Beauty”….

Saga… “is “Coke”….

Saga… “is all those Paso Finos”

Saga… is appropriately named and has captured my heart forever. 

 ~Danette Swanson

Colorado Horsecare Foodbank Distributed 200 Tons of Emergency Hay to Northern Colorado Horses During the September 2013 Flood


Will you help us replenish our stock of emergency hay for Colorado’s horses?

A Barbecue Benefit to Help Feed Hungry Horses!

 OCTOBER 3I  5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Photo collage of the human/horse connection.

It’s been one full year since “biblical rain” hit Northern Colorado and devastated entire communities, washed away hay, destroyed pastures, stranded people and animals, and left families with nothing–not even the ability to keep their horses and livestock fed. Immediately after the floods, CHF deployed volunteers and distributed emergency hay to Northern Colorado horse and livestock owners for more than four months while they struggled to recover. Knowing they had food for their animals meant one less thing Northern Colorado “flood families” had to worry about. When all was said and done, CHF distributed more than 200 tons of emergency hay to Northern Colorado. Please help us continue this important relief work!

Come to our annual barbecue benefit, or simply donate!

Singles: General–$65 I Patron–$100
Tables of 10: General–$625 I Patron–$975
Hors d’oeuvres I

Barbecue Buffet & Wine
Bourbon Bar I 
Live Music I Spectacular Silent Auction

Private Cocktail Pre-Party

Premium Appetizers and Specialty Cocktail


Premium Wine

Pre-Registration and Early Preview of Silent Auction Items


One-on-one with board members–your opportunity to learn

more about the Foodbank and its goals for the future

Artist Judy Brunko's original oil painting. This year we are pleased to offer an original oil painting, 14″ x 11″, fully framed from artist Judith Brunko. VALUE: $650.

Judith Brunko began her art career in 1982, studying with Kim English, Ramone Kelly and others at Rocky Mountain College of Art. She then went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Her art background led her into architecture, finding it the perfect blend of art and science. In 2007, Judith took workshops with Don Sahli, Carolyn Anderson, and Tim Diebler. These workshops re-ignited her passion for oil painting. Judith loves the challenge of impressionist representational art and the pursuit of capturing light as it defines objects; whether landscape, still life, or figure painting. She is drawn to the human figure as a form to evict and portray thought, emotion, and feeling. Judith has found that creating the structure of the human form on canvas has many similarities to designing and building architecture; both being visual expressions of physical beauty. You can see Judith’s art at studiojudithbrunko.com and her architecture at jpbarchitects.com.

Thank you, Judith! We are grateful for your generous silent auction donation!


Colorado Horsecare Foodbank is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep
horses and their people together during periods of financial hardship due to unemployment; divorce;
death; medical crisis; or natural disaster. CHF provides short-term grants of hay to those who
qualify for assistance. To learn more about the Foodbank, to make a donation, or to volunteer,
please visit horsefoodbank.org; call 303-670-1474; or send email to Juliana Lehman.
Published in: on September 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm  Comments (1)  

The Comprehensive Foal Gentling: Daily Diary

Friends of Horses Rescue, Centennial, CO
September 8-13, 2014

It’s fabulous to have the opportunity to make a lasting positive difference in all of these foals’ lives. The gentle and effective methods that Anna Twinney gives to the foals and to us brings out the very best in horses and in us, their human friends. It’s an honor and a huge pleasure to be part this.
~Mary Ehrgood

Day 1:

Huddled together with a body score of 2 our foals will now receive the care they need. They have been rescued from a terrible fate. It’s time for our ROTH team and Friends of Horses to kick into action.

~Anna Twinney

These little babies will break and warm your heart in the same moment.   

~Katie Dixon





This week I will be working with a little filly I have named “Sooner” in Anna Twinney’s Foal Gentling Course. Some of these babies are sick, they have been pulled away from their mothers ~~ their story is heart breaking. But we will work and play with them and our intention is to give them a better feeling about 2-legged’s and a chance for a better life. They deserve it.

~Annette Price


Day 2:

Much progress made today with these sweet babies! Many wore horseman’s’ ropes, halters, did TLC and baby steps, and vet prep!

~Katie Dixon

Major is introduced to the Horsemans' Rope: ROTH Foal Gentling, September 2014

Bill introduces Major to the horsemans’ rope – highlight of the day!


Day 3:

 As the foals became more accustomed to people, the students began work with the halter and some of them even were led for the first time!
Hermes' First Following Experience: ROTH Foal Gentling 2014
Hermes learns how to follow Vin for the very first time.


Day 4:
The foals were introduced to blankets, began to learn how to lift their feet for the students, as well as continued to work with halters and the concept of following.  Look how trusting many of them are after just a few days!

Look how adorable Sooner looks in her new halter and by the end of the day, she was totally styling in a matching blanket!!  

 What a difference a day has made in these young babies lives. We have touched all ten babies and many have had their halters on and passed “vet” prep today. Sooner is beginning to understand leading, and all of Anna’s TLC exercises. Tomorrow we will work on picking up her feet and getting her ready for her first farrier ~ she has a good head and learns quickly. I am in Love ~ and I want to bring her home {*.*}

~Annette Price


Day 5:

Talk about complete body work day!  The foals received their first pedicures from farrier Jim Rea as well as cold laser therapy and chiropractic from Jim and Molly Campbell.  Thank you for your help!

  Anna told us that it is an honor when a horse is comfortable enough first to eat in your presence, and then trusting enough to lie down in your presence. I am not sure if the eating counts as they are all malnourished, but the lying down happened today ……… Day 5. We were blessed.

~Annette Price

Day 6: Graduation Day!
The foals and students showed off their skills!  Bathing, trailer-loading, obstacle course, oh my!  From the huddling little group of unwanted creatures to the trusting and adopted individuals they have become, the foals have come a long way.

So very proud of our young foals at Friends of Horses Rescue & Adoption as they embark on a new journey of their lives. Some a body scale 2 and some close to 2 months of age. Our ROTH gentling program has been a huge success and includes:
* Creating a successful training environment
* Approaches & first touches
* Hand grooming & grooming
* Doctoring and vital signs, including vet visit
* Baby steps
* Desensitizing to towels & pads
* Picking up feet

First outing: ROTH Foal Gentling Event, September 2014

All 10 of the foals this year were adopted!  Record-breaking for the ROTH foal gentling program!  Sincere congratulations to the 6 ROTH students who gave a foal a chance at life!

William Pelkey was adopted by Major!

He was a sensitive, scared little guy when I first met him last Monday. Slowly but surely we made friends, and his slowly increasing trust made me realize this little four month old feedlot foal needed a home with me.

So, on my birthday this past Saturday (the 13th) my wonderful wife and partner of nearly 40 years, Charlotte , ponied up the adoption fee so he could own my heart.

His name is Major, and he will be sharing space with his buddy, Hermes at Anna and Vin’s place for a while as he grows up. Welcome to the herd, Major, and I can hardly wait for you to meet your big brother, Captain the Morstang.

~Bill Pelkey

 Clea Hall-Smith was adopted by Orion!


Christina Stinchcomb was adopted by Sasha!

The clarity has manifested…My answer is YES.  Sasha’s home is with me and all that I am, have and do.

~Christina Stinchcomb, CO

Sasha Adopts Christina Stinchcomb


Vincent Mancarella was adopted by Hermes!

Hermes Adopts Vincent Mancarella during the ROTH Foal Gentling Event


With the help of Grace Gabrielli, Laurent Nicault was adopted by Dakota and Phoenix!

Published in: on September 24, 2014 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Tribute to Scout – A Salt Wells Mustang

IMG_0440On Wednesday, September 17th, ‘Scout’ (a.k.a. ‘Salty’) died from colic (a twisted gut) while in my care at my Cody ranch. Scout was born in 2013 in the Salt Wells HMA (one of the Horse Management Areas in Wyoming) – he was barely even a year old. He was a timid soul who found the Untouched Horse clinic difficult. Though he received the best of training, patience, and respect, he just couldn’t quite connect with his handlers and this new domestic setting. So by the end of the clinic he remained virtually untouched.
It is truly heart breaking to witness an episode such as colic. Though I was successful in giving him Banamine (when he was laying down) and he did make a poo (which I saw as a sign of improvement), the condition unfortunately worsened as he insisted on rolling, despite my best efforts to keep him up and walking in his pen. I just couldn’t save him…
These situations weigh heavy on my mind. For the last five years I have signed an agreement with the BLM to foster gathered mustangs, provide for their proper care, arrange for their training, and attempt to find them homes with qualified adopters. To date, over 30 mustangs have come to my ranch and participated in Anna’s Untouched Horse clinic. During this clinic they learn those valuable skills which allow them to successfully transition from wild to domesticated life. The program has been so successful that this year a Wyoming BLM manager practically begged me to take more than the 6 mustangs that I signed up for… which made me chuckle because in the past major hurdles had to be jumped to get the fostership going.
You might wonder what happens to them between the time they are rounded up from the range (by either helicopter chasing or bait trapping) and the Untouched Horse clinic. This is where my knowledge starts – at the BLM holding facility in Rock Springs, WY – where I select several horses each year from amongst the 700+ living – or more accurately ‘existing’ – there. Once they’ve been hazed into the loading chutes and my trailer I make the 5 hour drive back home and unload them into my corrals, giving them a month or more to acclimate to their new environment.
While my ranch is a quiet peaceful place, I can tell that stress remains with some of them for quite a while. In the first year, almost all the mustangs had diarrhea and snotty noses (and I was glad that they were in an area isolated from the rest of my herd). Sand colic almost took the life of my dear mare ‘Topa’. I discovered that mustangs have the tendency to ‘vacuum’ up every bit of hay from the ground (along with the grit underneath). In the wild, they graze on standing grass and are constantly moving, especially in arid, desert-like terrain where forage might be in short supply. When offered cut hay tossed on the ground, they stand still and eat everything in front of them so sand colic is a very real threat to their health. That same year ‘Radar’ resorted to cribbing and wind-sucking to sooth his nerves. Then there was a year when all the horses chewed on each other’s tails. Sadly, some mustangs never settle in, which can be said of the mare ‘Mariah’ and this little gelding ‘Scout’.
But I will forever be in awe of the mustangs’ ability to adapt to their new surroundings. By the time the annual clinic starts nearly all are ready and willing to learn the lessons presented. So now I ask myself, “Can something be done to more quickly ease the stress they feel upon arrival?” Homeopathic sprays such as Dynamite’s “Tranquil” and “Relax”, as well as Bach “Rescue Remedy” are certainly possibilities since they can be given in the water and do not involve touching the mustangs. Non-invasive healing techniques such as Reiki should also be considered.

Finally, as a tribute to Scout, I would like to encourage each reader to consider adopting a gathered mustang and supporting the efforts of those fighting to keep America’s mustangs wild and free on our ranges. There are over 50,000 horses in holding facilities across the nation and my story about Scout should not deter you from giving one of these beautiful animals a loving home. In my experience Scout is the exception, not the rule. Through Anna’s trust-based training which teaches the language of Equus and help from the above-mentioned healing modalities, adopted mustangs can grow and thrive as wonderful partners, capable of enriching a caregiver’s life with joy and wisdom. As for the mustangs still in the wild… well, they’re just healing for the soul.

Published in: on September 22, 2014 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , ,

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,255 other followers