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Truman’s Trauma; supporting a fearful horse.

Jennifer had a true desire to see Truman heal from past experience so they could grow together.

Jennifer had a true desire to see Truman heal from past experience so they could grow together.

By: Anna Twinney

“He has a tattoo on his lip.” This was the first detail she told me about Truman. Truman was a 17 hand Bay Thoroughbred. The tattoo indicated that he has been in the racing industry, although we had no way of knowing if he had ever actually raced. I had seen Truman at the rescue in which he lived. He would often play with his feed bucket, asking for his evening meal. He had quite a presence about him, even if his internal feeding clock was usually about an hour too early.

As my client continued, she mentioned that she had begun training him about six months ago, having only met him a few months prior to that. She also mentioned that he had been saddled and long-lined, and her intention was to eventually ride and show jump him bridle-less. He had been cleared by the vet and chiropractor, and he was ready for this new chapter in his life. She was hoping I could support her with her very first ride, and asked if I would have time to assess Truman for her.

As I was currently occupied by the 16-hour days of teaching our Holistic Horsemanship Program, my first reaction was to simply say, “No, I just don’t have the time.” Especially considering we were expecting rain and flash flooding which would surely shorten the day as well. But, I reconsidered and told her if she could make herself available in the next hour, I could evaluate Truman during the course, as his evaluation fit perfectly with our curriculum for the day.

I explained that I would be able to demonstrate the value of “Reaching Out” and the ultimate reading of a horse by reintroducing the saddle to him. This way she would get the professional assessment she was looking for and the course participants would gain the benefits of a real-life Reaching Out and evaluation.

We set up the portable round pen, ensuring we had great footing, and Truman arrived right on time. I watched as he approached the round pen gate and promptly stalled. My client walked him around the pen, introducing him to the area, giving him the time he needed to walk through the gate, which he eventually did. Once inside we removed his halter and gave him further time to get comfortable in his new surroundings.

Before attempting his new rider, I planned to place a dummy rider on his back. The dummy was by the side of the pen and I noticed that Truman kept his distance. I thought that was odd, considering he had previously had a dummy on his back.

Once I joined Truman in the round pen I invited him to come to me by gaining his attention and drawing my eyes to my feet. He was familiar with this gesture as it was part of a language he understood, his own. He stepped forward, shared a moment’s space and left.

I made a suggestion he be haltered and Truman left, making curves around me. Clearly he was skeptical about my presence and purpose. In my mind I reassured him that I was here to support both he and his person, not to harm him, but help through communication, connection and this assessment. He remained somewhat skeptical but accepted the halter. By retreating to get the long-line in the center of the pen I provided extra time and space for him to digest my presence before I began our formal introductions.

We began exploring the 4 directions, North, East, South and West to orient and introduce him to the space. He was quite willing to follow me while being attached to the lead. His desire to come off pressure was questionable and confirmed what I had already observed. I took this to mean that he wasn’t entirely sure about what was yet to come. Through gentle strokes and reassuring movements and energy, I showed him that the motions I made would stay consistent. Gradually I discovered some places he didn’t mind me touching, and made sure not to look him in the eye, but instead honored him by lowering my eyes.

I stood back, allowing him to leave so we could have a conversation. He chose one direction of the round pen and began to perform his familiar moves. With little effort and great compliance he moved at a trot, transitioning up to a canter for several laps. Without being asked, he turned the opposite way to explore the next direction. It appeared he had done this before, as it looked like a rhythm he had created. The turns were deliberate, and his stride was one to which he was accustomed.

I wasn’t looking for compliance, though. Instead I was seeking a conversation and began to change our dialogue. Asking for the next turn clearly confused him and he didn’t want to make a mistake. He quivered some before he followed through with his turn. His body language clearly showed just how worried he was as he looked like he made cutting horse motions for a while.

I just needed to see speed changes to know that we were connected. He was certainly capable of leading the way, but when I led the way he became a little unglued. Together we worked out how to ask each other questions, hear the answers, and find our team flow. Throughout his session he tried hard to do what he thought was right, while I did my best to interpret his actions. He was clearly strong and had been in a round pen before.

Once our liaison was in full swing, he began revealing his history, connecting and committing to our conversation, finally settling into a walk and giving signs of relaxation. I invited him to join me. Although he wanted to badly, he wasn’t quite able to, and stayed on the fence, showing his concern. Instead of sending him further and putting him out to work, I encouraged him to join me knowing that together we could make this work. With some rubs, and soothing motions I coaxed him to follow me closely and our connection began solidifying.

In view of his apprehension, I felt I needed to check in with him further about how he felt with the long-line behind his hocks and he accepted it without any concern.

It was an easy step to build in and yet essential for us to be able to move into ground driving without any additional stress.

I continued to build our relationship by massaging him, introducing myself to him through touch, and exploring any sensitive areas, as the tack was brought into the pen and placed in the center of the pen. I unhooked the line, asking Truman to follow me, but instead he made a wide berth around the saddle. It didn’t make sense and I commented on it. He also stomped his foot hard three times. It didn’t take a professional horsewoman to know that he was not happy with the saddle.

A little confused by his responses I walked him to the center of the pen where I lifted up the saddle pad and my 10lb saddle, designed specifically to start horses. When I attempted to set it on his back he bolted side-ways and the saddle fell to the ground. He moved so quickly there was no stopping him. Without any reprimands and only encouragement to come back, I knew I had to help him out a little further.

Understanding that he was clearly unsure about this whole process, instead of simply “making it happen”, I took my time to introduce the saddle pad time and time again. He began to relax, gradually removing any spooks and starts in his body, creating softer muscles and eyes. I watched for his legs to be safely on the ground and for his head to relax. The offside proved to be less impactful and he settled pretty much immediately which added more clues to uncovering our mystery. He was more comfortable with the saddle where humans spend less time.

Returning to his nearside, I was able to make some noise with the saddle before placing it on his back. He accepted it with greater ease, but with the first billet barely fastened Truman bucked hard. He took the line out to the end and began “screaming”. I prayed that I had managed to tighten the girth enough for the saddle to stay in place and not create further angst by rolling under his belly. I could not take my eyes off his. It was imperative I stayed calm, focused on him, and let him know I would be there for him.

With gentle and confident movements I followed him around the pen as he bucked with all his life, bellowing all the while. I watched his every move like a hawk, supporting him as best I could, and keeping myself safe from being run over. Finally he settled down enough for me to approach him and girth up the 2nd billet.

Unsure if he would attempt to get out of the pen by trying the round pen boundary, I kept him on the line, rewarding each calm motion he made. Gradually his ears moved forward and his eye softened. He would stop for reassurance and I would provide a space for him to do just that. Eventually he moved from fear and flight, to processing information.

I figured out that he had a sweet spot – East in our 4-directions of the round pen, and he would slow down just there. In time we expanded the area until he was able to transition through the gaits with ease. Gradually he did the very same without the line attached gaining his confidence. While he became more rhythmic the fear left his body. And yet it still existed…underneath. I felt the fear that remained. I asked him to turn unexpectedly and follow through with the turn away from me and he became unglued.

We were discovering more and more triggers, revealing clues to his past, and how he felt today. It looked like he was expecting to be reprimanded, to be hurt. I knew my client, a student of ROTH for sometime, wouldn’t hurt him, so it appeared this took place before her time. I was finding triggers and “holes” we needed to fill. My client must have felt the same intuitively as she had asked for my involvement in the first place.

The stars had aligned for this demonstration to occur. From the moment she asked, the day she asked for the support, and everything in between. The weather forecast had predicted monsoon rains, and yet the storms had not arrived. I felt that deep inner knowing that I was here to help them both and potentially prevent an accident from happening. Truman looked for support and through my intention, energy, and body language I gave him that solid support system he needed.

When the time was right I invited Truman to stand still and wait for me to bring him to the center of the pen. There I would move forward and attach the ground-driving lines. This he seemed to understand, and it was clear he had been trained in this area. My intention was to assess his knowledge in turning left, right, going forward with line influence, slow down, and even stop, and back up.

He understood each queue and I was quickly able to replace my body language conversation with a communication from my hands to his mouth. He excelled in this short session. I watched his respiration throughout, ensuring that we did not overdo anything. Horses in the round pen earlier in the day barely brought up a sweat and Truman was wet from nose to flank. It was not the physical exercise causing the perspiration but the mental excursion.

At this point I made the decision not to proceed with either the dummy rider or bellying over. Clearly he had experienced enough for one day and needed time to process this experience. Arguably it could be said that he would accept the dummy rider and the rider having experienced one prior. And yet this would mean entering a whole new conversation and taking an unnecessary risk beginning that conversation. He had had enough and there was no need to push it.

His ears went back to not only listen to the tack removal, but also out of concern. I took my time to remove the tack at his speed. With lots of praise we stood together and he was now “naked”, tack free to roll if he felt the need. I gave him space to be. While I shared my experiences, observations and interpretations with the students, Truman joined me and stood closer than he had done at the beginning of our time together. He chose to remain connected and sought my attention. I had made an impression on him, a good one. In my heart I knew it. This was an exceptional experience for everyone who witnessed it that day, leaving hoof prints on hearts.

When he left our circle, bucking frantically, I had felt for him. The only sentence going through my mind was “What have they done to you?” I had felt his fear in my body, and had needed to let it go to be able to be there for him. At no time did I push him beyond what I thought he was capable of doing and what I knew he had done in the past.

Clearly my saddle had sparked a memory and it was fortunate this memory came out with me and not another. Instead of reprimanding, I supported him. I didn’t force or hurt him, I heard him. No one was injured and both he and my client were safe.

It’s not often that I have experienced horses with such a great flight instinct that they need to buck as though their lives depend on it and “scream” in action. Instead of leaving him alone or hurting him for the action, I stood by him. Here was a large animal concerned about the saddle, ultimately living in fear, and walking on egg shells in certain situations. When faced with similar circumstances I always ask myself, “What happened to him and why is it happening in our world today?”

He had manifested a hard life lesson, but he also manifested, my client, an amazing human being to help him find his way through to the other side of the lesson. She has provided him with a home and given him respite. She will honor him, raise him up to be the horse he is meant to be, and take the time he needs to show him that the trust he has learned to gain back is an honest trust. We may need to prove it again

Jennifer had a true desire to see Truman heal from past experience so they could grow together.

Jennifer had a true desire to see Truman heal from past experience so they could grow together.

in times to come, but we shall do that, for he is worth it.

Published in: on July 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Charmed by a horse: a skinny little colt that changed lives

Pulled from the Feedlot in Fallon, Nevada, a thin, wormy, bloody-legged paint mare was delivered to the Pregnant Mare Rescue in very rough shape. Terrified, untouchable, sporting a brand on her jaw (who does that?) Annie found her way to her new stall. Vet didn’t think she was in foal, but Lynn Hummer, the rescues founder was thinking differently.

Two months later this mare loved, supplemented and well fed delivered a skinny little colt. Charm indeed had arrived and was collecting the hearts of everyone he encountered.  From the moment I laid eyes on this little colt, I knew he had my heart too. It would take some work, but I was determined to adopt him and make this colt my own.

So, it’s no surprise that I was startled when Charm’s photo fell off my bedroom wall with a thud waking me that early Saturday morning. I startled awake and made sure the glass in the photo was not broken as I hung my sweet possession back on the wall. I was now up an hour early and figured I’d go to the PMR ranch and do morning chores.

I had had a couple of dreams of Charm, and in one dream a couple was taking him away and he “said” to me in the dream, I thought you were adopting me?  He seemed upset in the dream. I woke up with my heart pounding wondering at the deep effect this little horse had on me. Every time I looked into Charm’s gentle brown eyes I saw a wisdom, that was almost zen in its’ serenity.

When I arrived an hour early at the PMR ranch the eucalyptus swayed in the gentle morning breeze. I went up to the fence and called Charm’s name. Usually he would come trotting up to see if I had some pets or treats but this particular morning he stood still, his head hung low as I softly called his name. Then I saw it, blood, a lot of it. I leaped into the pasture to see if it was gushing or dripping when I realized it was dripping. I ran to the feed shed for the emergency phone tree. I ran, called the vet and pounded on Lynns’ door. She emerged sleepily and I shouted, “Charm! It’s Charm, he is hurt and it’s bad!” I ran back to Charm as Lynn got dressed to follow.

I whispered to Charm that a vet was coming and wrapped towels around the large open gaping wound. The pasture was quiet. Charm’s mom Annie, usually pinning her ears at anyone near her baby remained still as if she knew we meant to help.

We were all guessing at what had attacked our boy. Was the wound  from a coyote, a mountain lion, maybe dogs? Lynn knew she needed to find out, and she knew exactly who to call.

After the incident, Lynn put in an emergency call to Anna Twinney. Graciously and in such a timely manner Anna returned the call. Right then and there, Anna held a conversation with Charm. The generosity of this woman’s heart is so appreciated.

Charm expressed it was a big brown face with dark ears pointing straight up, and a dark blackened muzzle. Ok, no mountain lion. He shared that he felt responsible because he hesitates. (Remember he was born a shy, skinny little colt.) Anna reassured him that it was in no way his fault. Charm showed Anna the wound and she confirmed it was too large to be a coyote. There was a bite mark in the wound and a flap of skin and fur hanging. Anna continued to reassure the little colt that he had done nothing wrong, and sometimes bad things just happen

The last question Anna asked was to Lynn. “Is there anything else you’d like to ask Charm?”

Lynn wanted to know if there was anything he’d like to share. Charm responded, “They don’t know what they don’t know”

This little Zen boy struggling to survive is our little Budda.

I continued to hold Charm up and Lynn brought hay with more towels. We worried as he started going into shock. I used my weight to hold him up as he started to go down on one knee. I knew if he went down in the muddy pasture, it would be hard if not impossible to get him up.  Lynn and I held vigil holding him, talking to him, cajoling him with food.

The vet finally arrived. She immediately went to assess Charm’s condition. I asked bracing myself, “Will he be ok?” She looked at the wound with a solemn face and answered, “I don’t know.” Then she listened to his lungs, and thankfully they were clear. This was very good news, no puncture! We all pushed, and helped and finally got him down to a stall, slowly, after a long effort of helping this hurting baby.

Finally, she gave him the pain meds and started cleaning the wound, six hours later she completed the sutures. His side and front left leg looked like a sad, jagged, jigsaw puzzle of stitched flesh.

I went home and cried, praying for no infection, begging whatever higher source to allow Charm to stay on earth. The vet thought his leg would be ok if we could keep it clean and infection free. Lynn said she would fundraise for the vet bills and set up a website for him. I was determined to help anyway way I could.

Since I was a child I have had an affinity for animals of all types.  I rescued, cats, dogs, rabbits and horses through the years.  I do not consider myself an animal communicator but have had many unexplained experiences, dreams and intuitive feelings for different animals. I felt an affinity for Charm when I met him, much like love at first sight. Our connection remains strong today as I move toward getting into a financial position to adopt him.

Charm has recovered from his wound beautifully. He is getting stronger and looking better every day. On May 19th, Charm will be one year old and I am so pleased to know he has a full, beautiful life ahead. I thank Lynn for her dedication to her rescues, and I thank Anna for providing us with much needed answers and incredible insight in to the heart of Charm.

 

About the author:

Tara McCabe has a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and has worked as a former Executive Director of animal rescues and as a legislative aide. She has one grown daughter, five cats, two dogs and soon, a horse named Charm.

Tara founded Gracie’s Pet Food Pantry( named after her beloved dog Gracie) Gracie’s provides pet food to those low income, senior and homeless pet owners in need. Graciespetfoodpantry.org

The Cloud Foundation Denounces BLM Wild Horse Research Plans

In support of the Cloud Foundation and our American Wild Horses we are re-posting this press release from the Cloud Foundation

Press Release:  For Immediate Release – July 8th, 2015

The Cloud Foundation Denounces BLM Wild Horse Research Plans
BLM sterilization studies spell doom for remaining wild horses on public lands

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, (July 8, 2015) – “The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement of plans for managing wild horses on public lands is not only disturbing but highlights their commitment to managing wild horses to extinction,” stated Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF).

Four of the seven proposals being researched at taxpayer expense include permanent sterilization of stallions and/or mares. While the BLM claims they are “committed to developing new tools that allow us to manage this program sustainably and for the benefit of the animals and the land,” and “for the enjoyment of generations to come,” their proposed solutions are contrary to that goal.  Permanent sterilization of wild horses on the range would continue to undermine the already threatened genetic viability of our remaining herds.  Under current plans, BLM would manage 78% of herds at a level below that required to ensure genetic viability (150-200 adult horses.)

Permanent sterilization is inconsistent with the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act which requires managing for sustainable herds. Permanent sterilization is counter to that mandate and would damage the social band structure that has allowed wild horses in North America to thrive.

Earlier this year representatives from several wild horse and rangeland preservation organizations met in Washington, D.C. with BLM Director Neill Kornze, and BLM Deputy Assistant Director for Resources and Planning, Mike Tupper, to discuss possible solutions to BLM’s ongoing dilemma regarding management of wild horses and burros.  The proposals presented included strategies for increasing the number of mares vaccinated with PZP to a level that will begin to impact population growth rates, and measures to authorize and encourage voluntary livestock grazing permit retirement in Herd Management Areas.  The groups also recommended repatriation of wild horses in BLM holding facilities to Herd Areas that have been zeroed-out. These proposed solutions would provide an immediate savings to the BLM.

Mike Tupper promised to respond to TCF and the other organizations regarding the proposals but has failed to do so.  “Advocates are more than willing to work with the BLM for sustainable management of wild horses on the range,” stated Paula Todd King, Communications Director for TCF. “Thus far the Washington, DC BLM is unwilling to consider creative options that would benefit both wild horse herds and the American taxpayer. “

“Safe and effective birth control for wild horses has been available for years but BLM has chosen to use it on only a token number of mares,” continued Kathrens. “The Pryor Wild Horse Herd in Montana, the McCullough Peaks Herd in Wyoming, the Little Book Cliffs and Spring Creek Herds in Colorado are managed using PZP, a reversible remotely delivered vaccine. All these herds are nearly to the point of achieving a balance between reproduction and natural mortality.”

“Unlike the national BLM offices, these local field offices are working successfully with the public to create a situation where future wild horse removals are unnecessary,” concluded Kathrens. “Stonewalling of advocates and the American public by the National BLM office is counter-productive to successful management of wild horses on our public lands.  I fear that their actions would lead to the extinction of the North American wild horse.”

Links:

BLM Announces New Research to Curb Population Growth and Improve Health of Wild Horse and Burro Herds

BLM Wild Horse and Burro, Science and Research, Fertility Control

 

Media Contacts:
Paula Todd King
The Cloud Foundation
843-592-0720
paula@thecloudfoundation.org

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.

Mr. Vin and the Killer Horse: The Most Important Lesson I Ever Learned from a Horse.

“He’s an aggressive horse”, she said, “He attacked someone and ran them out of the round pen”.   This was my introduction to the horse that I was going to work with for a week.  

As the other half of Reach Out to Horses, I’ve had the fortune of participating in almost all of our events over the years.  Last year I was able to spend the week in one of my favorite courses, Reach Out to the Untouched Horse. In this wild horse experience, folks get to spend the week, one-on-one with a wild mustang, gentling him without ropes, chains, chutes, or any other tools of dominance.  The tools are only communication, compassion and a methodology that Anna has perfected over many years and thousands of horses.  With Anna’s master teaching and coaching I was given seven days to help a mustang learn a new world, and hopefully show him that humans had a positive role to play in his life.
My mustang, though, didn’t come untouched, straight from the BLM holding pens, as most of the horses in the event.  He was previously adopted by a well-meaning couple, hoping to give him a second chance at life.  So many people see the suffering these horses endure when they are traumatically rounded up from their homes, ripped from their family, and forced into holding pens.  My horse was one of those, now over 50,000 horses, waiting for the “powers that be” to determine their fate. So this couple decided to rescue him, train him and give him a new home and a new life.
They did what so many well-intentioned, but misinformed people do with a mustang.  They treated Mustangs like a horse.  Big mistake.  One of the most common misconceptions is that a horse is a horse is a horse, and that mustangs are simply domestic horses in the wild.  They are not.  Mustangs are, in an equine way, what wolves are to dogs.  They are wild animals, they are smart and they have an independent nature that can make them difficult, and downright dangerous, to train if you don’t know what you are doing.  Train a mustang like a domestic horse and you never know what you are going to get other than, most likely, injured at some point.
They began my mustang’s training, as many horses do, in the round pen.  But when they attempted to get him to move he attacked them.  He charged his handler and ran him out of the pen.  Already branded with a bad reputation as a mustang, that was all they needed to see.  Clearly this horse was dangerous and aggressive.  The decision was made that he would be left alone in a pasture until they could find help.
Turns out, this course and I were that help.  My job… turn this guy around. Change his mind.  Gentle an aggressive horse.
I joined him in our 24’ by 12’ run and he quickly moved as far away from me as he could, placing his head in the corner so I would not be able to approach him without entering his kick zone.  If he didn’t interact with me, perhaps I would leave him alone.  When I presented him with food, he was bold enough to eat, even with me right next to him.  But touch, connection, was out of the question. Initially he didn’t seem particularly aggressive.  We wanted to see if his reputation was accurate, Anna assessed him and looked for his triggers. She found them and in response he double barreled towards her.
That was all we needed to see to know that this guy was for real!  He made it perfectly clear.  “Mess with me, and there are consequences.” 
I decided that, of all the training I could do, the best thing I could teach him, if anything, was that humans weren’t all bad. I thought if I could convince him that I had value, that I could be trusted, perhaps he would be open to listening.  That became my goal.  
I worked slowly, giving him space, asking him to try a little bit at a time, consistently pushing the boundaries but never demanding more than I felt he could give.  Days passed and I began to doubt if he would ever come around.  I wanted to push him, to “just get the job done” and get him gentled.  But I knew that, not only was that dangerous, it wouldn’t work.  And that voice in my head that wanted to “fix” this horse was nothing but pride.  That voice wanted to look good, accomplish something no one else could, WIN!  That voice had my ego’s best interest in mind, but certainly not the horse’s.  
I wondered how many horses, over eons of time, had to suffer at the hands of men and women with these exact same thoughts.  I wondered how much abuse animals (and humans) had to endure due to ignorance, arrogance and pride.  That thought kept me focused on my goal; value and trust.
Finally, after 4 days, we touched for the first time.  It was an exhilarating and emotional moment I’ll never forget.  For the first time, he was willing to see me, to give me a chance.  I continued to work with him, slowly, showing him that his willingness to connect wasn’t a mistake.  He relaxed more and more with each day, and over the course of the next three days I had him haltered and leading.  The final day of leading was magical.  He wasn’t spooky, he didn’t try to get away, or pull against the rope.  He walked with me; a true partner.   
I only wished that I had another week with him, or even that I could take him home.  I knew with more time, he would have come around.  But I was happy with what we had accomplished, with what he had accomplished.  He had come so far in a very short period of time.
I finished the week with a great feeling of personal satisfaction.  After all, my goal was to show him I had value and to gain his trust, and I had done that.  But as I reflected on my time with him, I realized that I had learned so much more than a powerful horsemanship methodology.  In fact my most important lesson had nothing to do with horsemanship.  I realized, in that moment, that he wasn’t an aggressive horse at all.  
Horses are thrown into the “aggressive” label any time they lash out, attack, or injure someone, especially if it appears to be for “no reason”.  Although the reason may not be apparent to the human, it is perfectly clear to the horse.
My horse wasn’t aggressive, he was defensive.  In his mind, he was put in a confined space by a human and chased, or even attacked by a human!  He wasn’t trying to kill anyone.  He was defending himself.  After all, if he was truly aggressive, then he would have attacked me at some point.  But he didn’t.  Why?  Because I gave him no reason to attack. I pushed him, I asked him, I moved him out of his comfort zone.  But he tried.  He tried hard.  He didn’t want to hurt anyone, but he would defend himself if needed.
Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying all aggressive horses are secretly sweet little foals yearning to be understood.  Sometimes that aggressive title fits.  But if we callously label all trouble horses as aggressive, we not only give them a label that follows them for life, but we never give that horse the opportunity to be understood and possibly even find their way to a partnership with humans.
It wasn’t an aggressive horse, but a lack of communication that was the real problem.  I knew, in that moment, this dangerous horse gave me a gift I will always cherish.  I taught him that I had value, that he could trust me.  He taught me that every being has a reason to do what they do and simply categorizing any one, or any thing, as aggressive or dangerous tells more about me and my ignorance than it does about the being I am labeling.  I taught him to be comfortable around humans, he taught me to truly see each individual for who they are, and not what I think they are.  Finally, I taught him to accept the halter and to be led by the gentle and kind hand of a human.  He taught me to keep my heart open and overcome prejudice, allowing me to help a troubled soul.
Who really taught who?  Thank you my friend.

Healing hearts with horses: Veteran’s event

At a recent event in North Carolina designed to help military veterans integrate back into civilian life, British Police force veteran, former military spouse and now animal behaviorist, Anna Twinney realized a two decade old dream.

“When I  came to the United States in the 1990s, I was truly following my destiny. I believe the British Police Force is one of the best in the world. Communication skills are paramount as the British Police Forces don’t carry weapons.  My dream was to help all police Forces learn natural horsemanship and thus improve victim relationships by elevating communication with victims so they don’t feel purely like another number ,” she explained. Twinney served on the British Police force for nearly eight years and believes strongly in giving back through military or civil service. She knew that learning the horse’s language would not only enhance officers communication skills but it would also help them personally through any difficult experiences or traumas.

Though her dream to help Police Officers seemed achievable, Twinney quickly learned that even mounted units were on the “back burners” in police departments and there were no funds available to enhance the horsemanship skill set of the mounted officers let alone interpersonal skills for all officers.  Twinney began teaching her trade to others with the thoughts of working with her colleagues at the police force still fresh on her mind.

Years later, when the non-profit organization, Hearts for Heroes reached out to Anna to facilitate the equine portion of a six day event for veterans, she was thrilled to accept.

“The goal was to avoid any triggers and allow the veterans to see what the horses could do. I knew it’d be helpful to let them see the difference between a partner and a tool. A partner has a heartbeat and it’s ok to make compassionate connections without attachment.,” Anna explained.

Anna’s unique experiences, her knowledge of horses, her own police force training and even her own PTSI (issues) helps her to know how to keep the veterans away from the “flight or freeze” response, which is comparable in horses and humans.  

“It was exceptionally rewarding to have participants tell me that their sessions with the horses helped them more than 30 years of counseling, Anna explained. “When someone announces they have found the missing component in their dog training and will begin to partner them with Veterans it brings tears to your eyes.”

Participants in the event ranged from active duty military, those recently back from Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans. 

Friend and colleague Susan Solomon joined Anna to assist with the natural horsemanship clinic.  Susan, a ROTH trainer, spent six years in law enforcement as a police officer and now as a licensed professional counselor, has worked with military members and their families traveling to different installations over the world for past 6 years.  “Seeing the veterans interact with the horses and going from fear with stiffness in their movements to engaging with several horses relaxed with a huge smile on their face is priceless.”  Susan realized that some of the veterans return with a discomfort for society and difficulty fitting in, so seeing them engage and smile not only with the horses but also the people around is a clear indication that the horses not only help the veteran become relaxed with them but that this also transfers to those people around them.

Anna and Susan hope to partner again in the near future to help veterans through horsemanship.

Anna Twinney partners with National veteran's aide organization to use horsemanship to help those affected by PTSI overcome obstacles in everyday life.

Anna Twinney partners with National veteran’s aide organization to use horsemanship to help those affected by PTSI overcome obstacles in everyday life.

 

A Symphony of Voices for the American Mustang

In early April, it came across my email that the BLM Advisory Board for Wild horses and burros was holding a meeting in Columbus, OH.  I felt this message was for me, and I was compelled to attend and take a chance at speaking to the board.  Everything worked smoothly, the date was one in which I have no classes to teach, thus, it truly lined up in a divine manner, again a signal this was a calling to me to help provide a voice to the voiceless.

As I heard some of the meeting prior to the public opportunity to speak, I suspect I may require some dental work as I gritted my teeth relentlessly as a BLM spokesperson related to the advisory board the ‘study’ they had conducted on whether or not the mustangs in captivity actually needed shade.  Yes, you read that correctly-they actually studied whether or not shade was required because the mustangs weren’t really using it…. (this ‘research’ took place in a California holding facility).  The board spent a good 20-30 minutes actually discussing this ridiculousness, suggesting perhaps they could lessen a requirement for adoption if an adopter didn’t NEED to have shade for the mustang…..so at this point I suspect my teeth are a good bit shorter…. J (Fortunately most states require shelter for horses anyway—thank goodness…so nice waste of time on a moot point….)

General rule is you have 3 minutes to speak, we were first told we’d have 10, that dropped to 5, but that was better than nothing.  I was toward the end of the speakers which allowed me to hear them, and change mine as we progressed.  I noted that most read a prepared statement and didn’t veer from it-in spite of what anyone else had already said.  Several people asked for PZP, and had very good points, all in all, it was a very calm and smooth public input opportunity.

I’d never done this before, but watching the stone faces (one woman on the end really never even cracked a smile and looked rather perturbed the whole time) but I knew I had to take a positive approach and do my utmost to engage them.  Thus, I went ‘off’ my script a good bit, provided accurate figures (which I was pleased that Anna had provided me, particularly the cost of PZP per horse which no one else could quote).  And, I got a few to crack a smile as I looked them in the eyes, smiled, and encouraged them to ‘partner’-several organization leaders came to speak, one in particular the Cloud foundation-and they had all offered to help BLM-thus I wanted to reinforce the concept that working together, rather than at odds, would prove to  be more successful.

I additionally told them my occupation, because I felt it important they know I had no connection to any particular group (except ROTH)-which I felt equally important to mention, as that was my inspiration.  So, it is my greatest hope that between myself and the other 17 people, our voices will be taken into consideration.  At the conclusion of the public portion, the advisory committee acknowledged us for speaking, and indicated they heard the concept of PZP loud and clear and would indeed take that further into consideration and recommendation.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced this, and hope that my voice for the horses will be helpful in some way.  Thanks Anna Twinney and my ROTH ‘upbringing’ if you will….I am grateful, as always, to be a part of the ROTH team, and look forward to continuing this spectacular journey.

 

Dr. Laura Schumann stands up for Mustangs

You Are Making a Difference with Whispers from the Wild Ones!

Whispers from the Wild Ones: Mustangs as Our Master Teachers

Reach Out to Horses is excited to report that, with your help, we’ve been able to send 127 Whispers from the Wild Ones:  Mustangs as Our Master Teachers, DVD’s to non-profit organizations and governmental officials all over the U.S. and beyond.

But we’re not done yet.  In the coming months we will be sending hundreds more to deserving organizations making a difference in the world for all our equine companions.

To find out how you can lend a hand or if you have an organization you would like to suggest, go to reachouttohorses.com/dvd.html#wow.

In the meantime, enjoy perusing through the list of organizations who have already  received this groundbreaking program.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Ahisma Ranch Animal Rescue
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary
America’s Equine Sanctuary ay Blue Shadow Farm
American Horse Council
American Mustang Association Inc
American Mustang and Burro Association Inc.
American Wild Horse Preservation
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue
Assateague Island Alliance
Black Forest Animal Sanctuary
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carr Ranch Wild Horse & Burro Facility
CCi Wild Horse Inmate Program
Colorado Horse Rescue
Colorado Natural Horsemanship Center
Colorado Thoroughbred Horse Rescue
Corolla Wild Horse Fund,Inc.
Denkai Animal Sanctuary
Double HP Horse Help Providers, Inc.
Dream Catcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary
Duchess Sanctuary
Dumb Friends Equine Harmony Center

Ecological Heritage Foundation
El Rito District
Equine Rescue
Equine Voices Rescue
Equine Welfare Alliance
Ever After Mustang Rescue Education & Training Center
Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc
Friends of Horse Rescue and Adoption
Friends of Mustangs
Front Range Equine Rescue
Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary
Great Lakes Mustang Association
H.O.R.S.E. Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc
Happy Dog Ranch
Heartstrings for Horses
Heaven’s Gateway Horse Rescue
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund
Holly Berry Farm and Rescue
Horse Protection League
Horses Forever
Horse & Wisdom
Humanity for Horses
Intermountain Wild Horse and Burro Advisors
International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros
Kansas Department of Corrections Wild Horse Program
Kickin’ Back Ranch
Kigers de los Californios
Lasso Horse Rescue
Least Resistance Training Concepts
Let ’em Run Foundation
Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue
Logan, J DVM
Longhopes Donkey Shelter Inc.
Lucky Harvest Project
Michael, P Esq.
Middle Tennessee Mustang Association
Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc.
Mountain States Horse Rescue
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue
Mustang and Burro Organized Assistance
Mustang Breeders and Exhibitors Association
Mustang Performance Horse Registry
Mustang Burro & Freedom Foundation
Mustang Camp
Mustang Heritage Foundation
Mustang Rescue Network
Mustang Wild Horse and Rescue of Georgia
Mustangs of America Foundation
Mustangs to the Rescue
Mylestone Equine Rescue
Napa Horse Days
National Mustang Association Colorado
National Wild Horse Association
Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses
New Equine Resource, Inc.
New York Horse Rescue Corporation
Nokota Horses
North American Mustang Association and Registry
Northern Nevada Correctional Center Saddle Horse Training Program
Open Gates Equine Rescue
Overlook Wildlife Sanctuary
Pacific Wild Horse Club
Placitas Animal Rescue
Placitas Wild
Pregnant Mare Rescue
Project Horse
Protect Mustangs
Pryor Mountain Mustang Association
Ray of Light Farm
Red Bucket Rescue
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue
Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue
Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue
Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
Salt Lake Regional Horse Center
Shaking Wind Ranch
Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue
SJersey Equine Rescue
Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary
Sonoma County Horse Council
Soulful Eyes Ranch
Spring Creek Horse Rescue
Steadfast Steeds
Straight to the Horse’s Mouth
Sunrise Horse Rescue
Survivor’s Rescue
The Cloud Foundation
The Epona Project
The Horse Shelter
Trail of Hope Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Triple Acres Horse Rescue, Inc
Turtle Rock Rescue
Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue
Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association
Voice For Horses Rescue Network
Watermelon Mountain Ranch
Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo
Whole Horse Institute
Wild Horse Adoption Association of America
Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Wild Horse Inmate Program
Wild Horse Observers Association
Wild Horse Rescue Center
Wild Horse Rescue Inc.
Wild Horse Spirit Ltd.
Wild Horses in Need
Wild Love Preserve
Wild Horse Preservation League
Wild Horse Organized Assistance
Wild Places Horse Rescue
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Governor of Wyoming M. Mead

Senate Members of the Wyoming Legislature:

  1. Barnard
  2. Christensen
  3. Dokstader
  4. Emerich
  5. Geis
  6. Hicks

House Members of the Wyoming Legislature:

  1. Allen
  2. Barlow
  3. Blake
  4. Campbell
  5. Eklund
  6. Hunt
  7. Jaggi
  8. Krone
  9. Laursen
  10. Lindholm
  11. McKim
  12. Moniz
  13. Sommers

Twenty-four Wild Horse & Burro Programs & Associations and the Division of Wild Horses and Burros.

Published in: on July 3, 2015 at 6:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Meet Marvin and share in his journey to wellness!

Animal Communication with Anna Twinney

After a communication session, Marvin is on the road to wellness

 

I wanted to give you an update on my paint gelding, Marvin. We live in northeastern Washington State.  You had a communication session with us on March 24.  What you sensed that was going on in Marvin was that we were not yet quite on top of what he was suffering from.   You sensed something was not well in his stomach and or in organs and close proximity. You mentioned that his decline was happening very slowly, in fact the phrase that came to you was’ killing me softly.’   Talk about something being in his system and that his immune system was not kicking in. You noted that he might die if we could not get a handle on it.   You also noticed  muscle atrophy in his hind end that was making walking difficult. 

Right after we spoke I put Marvin on a daily regimen of Miracle Clay for two weeks, thinking he might have an ulcer after my continued use of bute.  I did yet more research on selenium and started supplementing him with vitamin C and vitamin E.  I have him on Dynamite Plus and Dynamite HES,  hoping the positive impacts of increased protein and fat would offset the small amount selenium present (selenium toxicity is  something Marvin has been struggling with and is also what killed my beloved Stallion, Autograph ).  I also rub thieves oil into his navel area almost every day.

In the last week I could swear Marvin is actually putting on a little weight and moving a little bit easier. The light in his eyes is a little brighter.   Yesterday I walked him one third of a mile to my neighbors and put him in their pasture.    After introducing him to their gelding Sam across the fence we put them out together.    They took to each other immediately and started munching side-by-side. Today when I went up to see Marvin both of them were lying sprawled out in the sun next to each other, soaking up the rays.   When Marvin got up he strode toward me as though nothing had ever been wrong.   Anything that was off in his movement was barely perceptible…   But then I might have just been so excited I didn’t notice! 

I don’t know if he’s truly healing or not. But I have no doubt that being with a companion and being somewhere new has brought new life to him in just one day.   If he ever chooses to walk into your thoughts and tell you how he’s feeling, please do share!    I am joyful at what I’m seeing right now and I am also ever committed to continuing to work to heal whatever is causing him harm

Thank you so much for your guidance. You are a blessing! 

Laura and Marvin

UPDATE: Marvin has improved dramatically, at least by all outward measures.  His ribs no longer show, he has shed out beautifully, his feet are strong and healthy, and he strides with great purpose and only a slight hint of what I believe to be arthritis.  A far cry from when he could barely move and there was distress in his eyes just a few months ago.  And he is expressing his old ‘attitude’ too, slightly bossy but not at all intrusive.  Just wants me to know he is THERE!  I love seeing that again.  I have so much hope!

Conversations with the Wild Ones

For decades I have found it difficult to participate in activities which involved animals that had been removed from their natural habitat and brought to live in unnatural enclosures for public viewing and pleasure. Based upon my desire to improve the lives of all animals, I built a business model supporting rescues and sanctuaries globally, thus providing second chances for animals to choose their people.

An important focus of our business has been to educate people on the plight of them American Mustang, the Premarin industry (horses kept in captivity to harvest pregnant mares’ urine for hormone replacement therapy), as well as the predicament of nurse foals and feedlot foals. Our desire was to create solutions to the current situations. I have long been an active advocate of animal rights and have educated thousands in the field of horse whispering and animal communication in order to improve the lives of our animal companions by acting as their messenger and giving them a voice.

When I was asked to facilitate an animal communication experience with staff at the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, England, my initial questions were how the animals were being kept and if we could expect management support once the animals had expressed their needs to us. I was immediately reassured that all were well looked after and living in open enclosures. The founder of the park, David Gill, was heavily involved with conservation and strongly supported my vision. David’s collective love of animals and children inspired him to create many opportunities for families to affordably visit the park and experience animals close-up. I was soon to discover David’s natural ability to communicate with all species and his desire to help children connect with nature, changing the way they operate in the world today.

For me, it’s important to find the right environment to offer an intimate gathering, and to know that animal communication is accepted. When we ask our animals to open up to a language of love, we need to not simply pass on their perspective but also to follow up with their hopes, dreams and desires. It’s about learning to receive their message, give them a clear voice, and also consult on their behalf. The experience for all those attending such an educational experience is priceless and I expected our course to be filled before we announced it. Where else can you gain permission to talk to the wild ones and make a positive difference in their lives?

When we arrived in the park it was raining for the fourth consecutive day in a row. The students were appropriately dressed and eager to get started. I was open to see how the day would unfold, excited to be surrounded by such extraordinary animal energy while at the same time prepared to close myself off from any kind of hurt should I sense a trace of skepticism.

A room had been purposefully set-aside for us and we were assigned a passionate expert staff member for the day. Annie was delightful and well prepared with a list of all chosen guest animals. My immediate concern was that I would be unable t communicate with everyone listed due to time constraints. Next time we visit we will need to add an additional day to accommodate everyone’s needs!

I asked Annie to prioritize whom she felt most urgently needed support. We found ourselves in the very room Khim, the python, called home. Some may believe it’s more challenging or indeed difficult to connect with a python, but my experiences of reptiles proves differently. The visions, feelings and communication remain the same with all species; nobody is exempt. Annie shared that Khim was showing signs of depression and she wanted to understand the reasons behind his unusual behavior to be able to support his well-being.

Creating an inner space of silence I gained a connection with Khim. As a voice for the animals, images and feelings are translated into words for people to understand. I ask for confirmation of our connection through a direct understanding of their habitat, personal descriptions or personality traits. Khim began to describe that he was a rather large python and when at his full length he would cover almost ¾ of his enclosure, and therefore it did not provide a large enough space for any exploration.

Previously more engaged he had withdrawn from much human connection and become a little “grumpy”. It also appeared that Khim was either missing or grieving for another, although he described that there were no plans for another python to be joining him in the near future. A past companion of his was no longer here. His enclosure did not feel terribly natural to him, as the air was not circulating sufficiently and the water feature within was not functioning and there was no running water. He felt like some alteration within his environment would be more stimulating and that may include a sunlamp, dampness (drizzle) and a circulation of air. He also mentioned that all that which surrounded him was “dead” and the infusion of life was needed which could include some live plants.

Annie made many notes on behalf of Khim. She not only confirmed everything he shared, but also felt confident she would be able to implement a number of his suggestions to bring happiness back into his life. Although I was not able to make any promises to him, Khim was reassured that he had been heard and that his requests would be taken to a management meeting. Many of my students’ findings were confirmed in the live consultation they witnessed. Although they may not be able to guarantee all that he put forward, they would speak up on his behalf and expect a positive outcome.

Veronica the vulture was expecting a visit next as she devoured her breakfast within the covered enclosure. My first impressions were that Veronica was extremely happy in her home and was known to be quite the pampered princess. While this may not be everyone’s first impression based on her appearance, it was definitely an overwhelming sense. I remained indoors so that upon connecting with Veronica, she could give me an impression of her outdoor living arrangements without me actually having seen them. The only information provided before I began was that Veronica could get a little overly familiar with the zoo guests. It was intriguing to see her impressions of “over friendly” and where this conversation would lead.

My whole demeanor was uplifted as I became Veronica’s voice. Although I do not channel the animals, I do feel and relay their moods. Veronica had no qualms in describing her own unusual appearance and pronounced the covered outdoors environment to be quite large through her eyes. She described it to be at least a horse arena size in length and just a little smaller in width. She shared this location with many other vultures and a number of other species. She showed what she saw as hills and flat areas, and variation in terrain.

It appeared that Veronica had been “over-handled” at birth and she felt extremely comfortable being close with other humans. It didn’t appear that she discriminated at all and would fly down to meet and greet women, children and some men, but not all. She seemed to understand that this behavior was frowned upon and the way it was being managed was for her to be inside throughout visiting hours and be free outside when the park was closed. This suited her just fine, as she had both quiet time and lots of opportunity to be free. It seemed like she had not experienced living in the wild, but instead had grown up in captivity giving her a sense of safety and being cared for. She also showed extreme interest in being handled and had either overheard mention of or expressed interest in being part of some kind of performance. An educational show came to mind and Annie confirmed that there had been talk about including Veronica. There was little desire to change behavior, for Veronica saw benefit in connecting with people. She understood that it could be perceived as dangerous, although not meant that way and was quite happy with the current arrangement plus some benefits to boot. She was not like the other vultures, who happily hooked up together, but often found herself independently on the side-line with slightly different behavior patterns. Her life, as she saw it, was perfect.

Annie had her thoughts confirmed with a greater understanding of who Veronica was. Eagerly she made notes to be shared with the other keepers while her enthusiasm towards animal communication seemed to grow.

A number of feathered friends were struggling that day and Annie took us to the aviary to meet Calico and Sophie who were still acclimatizing to being at the park after having lost their private homes. As my students connected with the parakeets, I was asked privately to connect with a particular self-mutilating individual. It was uncovered that although she had received an initial medical examination upon arrival she felt that she could not overcome the feather plucking completely without a little medical support for the open wounds. She gave the reason behind her behavior as predominantly emotional while she adapted to her new environment.

Most of her time was spent in an un-renovated room because she felt intimidated by the other birds flying outside. She would see their wing span and cower. It was her belief they would fight for the food placed on the 2 stations and she suggested the keepers add another station close to her door on the existing platform for she and her partner to venture outside and back again. She indicated this would give her a chance to gain confidence while at the same time remain at the more quiet end of the aviary. Through some minor implementation of changes, major improvements could follow. Annie nodded her head to show her understanding of the messages conveyed, including the suggestions for improved veterinary practices at the park.

She felt that more measures could be included to support the arrival of new birds. That day I felt extremely blessed to have encountered individuals willing to open up and share their circumstances by responding to the help they knew was there for them through someone who could hear their voice.

Communicating with animals in wild parks and zoos is just like talking to someone about their horse, dog or cat in the luxury of their home. They also need someone to translate for them as well as to facilitate change to create harmony. Happy and content animals make for an enjoyable and memorable park experience. The relationship with the keepers is much like talking to the guardian of any domestic animal. It can be rich, deep and it is extremely important. If all animals were given the same opportunity much suffering would end.

While my focus was to provide insights into animal communication for everyone involved I also enjoyed private time visiting with the kangaroos, lemurs and monkeys in the open family enclosure. I found a quiet space to simply be and observe the beauty of these individuals and embrace their energies. It’s not often I get to watch these specific wild ones up close and have a chance to be present and open up to life’s messages.

The challenge in life is to create peace in a world full of busyness. I observed that loud movements and voices, constant intentions and agendas hold us from what is our birthright; to connect with nature. Many too busy to see what is before them are bordered by a lack of awareness and their immediate affect on all that surrounds them.

By constantly “doing” we create a large energy bubble of resistance, which prevents us from truly seeing or hearing the unspoken. “Being”allows space for us to listen and feel through a removal of the energetic barrier.

It was a day filled with surprises and mystery followed by precious life lessons reaching deep within us all. I give thanks that I do not walk around hearing all animals’ chatter but instead invite them to join me in a private conversation. The focus at this wild life park is balanced between the animals and the humans. In providing a safe integrative habitat David has created an environment for animals to feel at home and he continues to make improvements. Those who visit experience animals they may never have the good fortune to meet in any other circumstance.

We share the philosophies that education and conservation is the key to the future of these animals’ survival. For me it starts by giving them a voice…

Anna has a monkey on her back and South Lake Safari zoo in Cumbria, England.

Anna has a monkey on her back and South Lake Safari zoo in Cumbria, England.

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Published in: on June 17, 2015 at 9:03 am  Comments (1)  

Anna is Teaming up with H4HUS.org to help Veterans in NC | Press Release

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303-642-7341

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ELIZABETH, COLORADO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

World renowned Animal Behaviorist Anna Twinney to work with returning veterans in North Carolina.

Combat veterans are statistically more prone to depression and the grim side effects of the disease than nearly any other group of people. The transition from life in the hub of war back to the life and work in their home towns is so radically different, many veterans stumble, struggle and even fail to re-acclimate to life after their service.

H4HUS.org (Hearts for Heroes) will team up June 12th-14th with world renowned Animal Behaviorist and acclaimed horse trainer Anna Twinney at Gossemer Farms in Cameron, NC in an inaugural event designed to partner animals with veterans to create a more harmonious return to civilian life. Anna, known all over the world for her unique teaching style and connection with animals is a dynamic accompaniment to H4HUS.org’s existing programs. Specifically, this event will reach out to veterans suffering with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

“When we open our hearts to the horses they become our true healers. While you can hide behind your smile, the truth is reflected in your eyes …,” says Anna. Her training methodology “Reach Out to Horses” is in sync with the H4HUS.org mission to help re-acclimate veterans to civilian life through therapeutic opportunities with both horses and dogs.

“While you can hide from yourself, you cannot hide from a horse.  Horses show strengths and weaknesses allowing you to find your authentic self; through a body, mind and spirit connection …,” explains Anna, of the horse’s uncanny ability to be one of nature’s best therapists. “The touch of a horse dissolves all that surrounds you to create a peaceful place for hearts to heal.”

In addition to Anna’s presentation and workshop, H4HUS.org will be hosting several other activities throughout the six day event.

Thursday, June 11: A fundraiser for H4HUS will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rail House, a

veteran-owned pub in Aberdeen. H4HUS will provide bartenders for the evening, and all tips

will be donated to Hearts for Heroes.

Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14: Anna Twinney’s presentation and workshop: engaging

participants and horses through her trust-based communication and discovery process.

Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16: Kristen Linder of KHL Studio in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.,

will conduct an art workshop for veterans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Veterans will paint

symbols on horses that have meaning for them as a form of expression and interaction. Only

non-toxic paints will be used. The veterans will also create a stand-alone painting that they can

keep.

Monday, June 15: A cheese pairing class will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. by fromagier Kristen Tregar

of Ossining, N.Y. at Triangle Wines in Southern Pines. Space is limited to 30 people and the cost is $75,

with proceeds going to H4HUS.

To learn more about Anna and Reach Out To Horses visit http://www.reachouttohorses.com or call 303.642.7341 For more information about H4HUS.org call 844.224.4487 or visit http://www.h4hus.org.

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