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Anna’s Mongolia Diary

 

Unequivocally he was full of fear for when I entered the run down property he ran to his hiding place at the back of the pen, his little body quivering and his eyes full of worry.  For about 6 months nobody had been able to touch him, let alone put a halter on.  He lived with other recently rescued horses who were still fighting to regain their weight.  Surrounded by burly men who saw these compact Mongolian horses as work horses, I was asked if he would be suitable for my demonstration.  While they waited for my reply I thought my answer through carefully as I had found myself in this situation many times over.  What value could I bring this little frightened horse in just a few hours, for him to be placed right back into this situation?  I began a non verbal conversation with the little fellow relating to him directly having felt lost, alone, and misunderstood throughout my life-time on different occasions.  Instead of holding these emotions, I ran a quiet dialogue in my head letting him know I would not hurt him, but instead I was there to help.  My help would involve showing everyone a new way of interacting with horses, through compassion, understanding and most certainly reliable, effective and teachable moments! Results were being sought for people to trust these methodologies.  He ran when I approached showing me clearly that he had been abused in the past, not this one action alone, but his whole body spoke to me. Consistently I showed him that I could read what he was conveying and kept to my word. He hid behind others, he shivered, but tried his very best.  Gradually his fear dissolved showing an even more beautiful soul, giving me the chance to halter him.  I promised I would give my all and that together we could get through this hardest piece for him to find his way…he had to work out a way to survive and adapt from living out in the Mongolian planes.  
 
I wish I could tell you he was taken care of in the way we would expect that night, but they snubbed him to a post with access to food and my heart broke.  He was there until the morning for the demonstration and that was just the way it was.  In that moment I realized what I was up against.  This was my first exposure to the Chinese horse culture in the rural country.  Each day got a little easier for this young horse as he knew there was someone out there who could hear him, relate to him and was trying her best to pave a way for change.  He was to be part of that change.  Although not perfect change, it was to be a step at a time and people witnessed the language of the horse with a wild one.  They saw the raw authenticity, despite the fact that one evening the Mongolian horsemen reverted back to similar training we see during our wild horse breaking at the rodeos.  The similarities are astounding.  We continued to create a relationship despite outside influences and together we stayed in the moment not allowing the negativity to influence our partnership.  The language once again proven to be universal, a language of love that breaks through all barriers and extends beyond body language.
 
We had more in common than many may realize as I had arrived in a foreign country not being able to understand the locals and the culture was exceptionally new.  Alone, exploring new horizons, with people I had never met before finding my way through their expectations to see if I was being set up to fail or to fly.  This was another male dominated country and I could not be sure how I would be received.  I trusted my inner compass to guide me to this very moment and despite my protective shield remained open to creators guidance.  This is where I needed to be.  Gradually I learned to trust the situation, environment and people more and more, as their enthusiasm to learn was clearer than daylight.   Imagine being surrounded by raw emotion of people who are awakening to this for the first time…naturally beliefs and traditions are being questioned, all overruled by what they see.  A seed was being planted and this was to be the gateway to change…

Ponying as a Valuable Lesson During Colt Starting and Beyond!

 

 

Join this year’s Colt Starting Crew at Friends Of Horses as they use the art of ponying to offer stability to horses who are new to being under saddle.

For more information on ROTH clinics and how you can reach out to learn how to gently educate horses, please visit our website at:

Reaching Out the Gentle Way

 

Trust Building and Discovering the Universal Language of the Wild Mongolian Horse

Watch Anna as she touches the wild, Mongolian Horse for the first time and then builds a foundation for the work in following videos.

 

Please visit our website at Reach Out to Horses for more information on Anna as she travels the world to better the lives of horses and their two-legged companions everywhere.

In Partnership with Horses DVD is HERE!

 

Anna’s latest DVD, In Partnership with Horses, has finally come to fruition!  Please follow the link below to pre-order your copy today!  I want to Pre-Order In Partnership With Horses!

Please also visit our website for more information on Anna’s methods and ideologies and to find out how you can Reach Out to Gentle Horsemanship yourself!

Reach Out to Horses Events Calendar

ROTH takes Natural Horsemanship to China & Mongolia

Anna Twinney spends a lot of time on airplanes. Internationally known as a horse whisperer, animal communicator and energy healer, she’s booked solid up to 18 months in advance.

Earlier in 2016 an invitation came from the Chinese branch of the American Quarter Horse Association for Anna to please come to Beijing and Mongolia. They wanted her to share her knowledge and wisdom, and despite her very busy schedule, she did the nearly impossible … she made time. As well traveled as Anna is, China was a brand new experience.

“It’s truly a country of contrast,” Anna explained. She traveled from the metropolis of Beijing, with its economic success and high energy, to areas in the Mongolian countryside where indoor plumbing was an absolute luxury.

Often, in promotions for clinics, the question “Language Barrier?” is asked in regards to people understanding their horses. Though Anna was outfitted with excellent translators, difficulties in understanding remained. “It was a bit like being a horse, I imagine,” Anna explained. “I had to pay extremely close attention to body language, to facial expressions and interpret the intentions and ideas of the course attendees.”

“Though, like always, I spent a lot of time showing students about connection and communication, these students were very interested in problem solving. They really absorbed the information but were in great need of help when things weren’t going smoothly,” Anna said.

She worked with the students to help them understand that connection is the first pathway to problem solving and it’s achieved easily with the right mindset and skills. She introduced the Chinese students to those new skills and knowledge to help to overcome their obstacles.

Attendees at the Beijing event were some of the most prominent horse owners in the country and Anna’s course was hosted at one of the first modern equestrian facilities to be built in the city. The event broke attendance records and attracted scores of television and newspaper reporters.

“They asked powerful questions,” Anna said.

Anna explained the Chinese were extremely hospitable and she was humbled and in awe of the lengths they went to to ensure her comfort. She was partnered with a concierge who was on hand with everything from cold water during her lectures and demonstrations to an impromptu leg massage when she suddenly developed a terrible cramp.

She was treated to a trail ride in the beautiful Mongolian countryside. It was going rather quickly at first. Unbeknownst, Anna was riding with a national Chinese endurance team! She describes her few several minutes of the views as “blurry” due to the speed of the ride. Mercifully, her hosts slowed down so Anna could enjoy the sights and absorb the fact that we was actually, on a trail ride … in Mongolia! Even world traveling, internationally known experts sometimes find themselves surprised at where life has taken them.

One topic that particularly interested the people in the Mongolian crowd was the difference between the ROTH methodology and their traditional style of “horse breaking” (i.e. taking hold of their ears, turning their necks and manhandling them to incorporate their language). The entire village, vet, farrier and endurance team came to watch the training.

“They were astounded to see me approach a horse in moments that took them 2 hours to touch, and another wild horse who came around to appreciating and enjoying the lesson,” Anna said, “He accepted a halter without fear or force, all through gentling methodologies.”

Anna’s hosts in China were so pleased with their record crowds, with the valuable knowledge and insight Anna shared, that upon her return to Beijing she was invited as the prominant guest speaker to open the new western saloon! She has since been invited back to China and is planning a second trip in 2017.

“When I came to America 20 years ago, my goal was to learn as much as I could and bring this new found knowledge back to the police force. I wanted to spread the word to my fellow Bobbies, to show this small community that there was a better way. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would have the opportunity to share my message of compassion and communication, and open up the way to a better partnership for people and horses, all over the globe. This is a very exciting time and I can’t wait to see where this message will take me next.”

Steadfast Steeds

A gorgeous, sunny day greeted the five people in the high desert of Western Colorado and the Steadfast Steeds Mustang Horse Sanctuary. Founders, Tracy and Blaine Scott, introduced Anna, Vin, and Joseph to the vision, mission, and formerly wild horses of the sanctuary where they are intentional about helping each guest and client to make amazing memories with America’s mustangs.

The vision: Thousands of American mustangs are now in holding facilities, without their freedom, families, or a natural way of life.  Our dream is to one day see that all wild horses are set free from the bondage of holding and allowed to realize a new freedom, a new family, and a familiar way of life.

Tracy passionately shared how the horses in holding facilities are running out of time, and positive practical solutions need to be found.

The mustangs and people of Steadfast Steeds provide 5 services:

  • Education and awareness programs
  • Coaching individuals and groups for accelerated personal and leadership development, and for overcoming compassion fatigue
  • Gentling horses
  • Placement services
  • Adoptions

More at http://www.steadfaststeeds.org

At the Sanctuary, the five new friends enjoyed laughing and learning from one another while visiting the horses. Some of the herd includes horses from the Little Bookcliffs area, one of four different herd locations in Colorado.

Later in the day, the group traveled to the area where they enjoyed a short hike up a ridge in order to observe the landscape.  They chose their way carefully as there were more than a few stud piles around which to navigate!

Published in: on September 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

This is a Test…

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ROTH Trainer’s Demonstration Event
Find Out Why Reach Out to Horses is
The Next Generation of Horsemanship!
For only $20!!!
October 30th, 2016
10am – 5pm
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
7745 N. Moore Rd., Littleton, CO
Join us for a day of trust-based horsemanship and training as graduates of the Reach Out to Horses Trainers Program demonstrate the effective, powerful and groundbreaking methodologies that Anna herself has developed, used and taught around the world to thousands of horses (and humans).
 
Meet Our Trainers
We have an eclectic, international group of folks who can’t wait to give you insights into your horses, true horsemanship and the communication between horse and human.
 
They are all coming together for this special event. They have all completed an extraordinary journey and we are excited to see them fly as they spread their wings and begin their careers as Reach Out to Horses’ Trainers.  They will introduce you to a world of trust and partnership and show you what is truly possible in your training, in your relationship with your horse, and in your life.
 
And best of all you get to spend the entire day with Reach Out to Horses for only $20!
 
No It’s Not a Typo, Only $20 Dollars!
 
A full day of horsemanship for only $20 when you preregister and a mere $25 at the door.  We promise you won’t get this much groundbreaking information for so little anywhere!  And if that wasn’t enough, 100% of the proceeds from the entire day go to the inspiring Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and the incredible work they are doing there to save horses and humans and give them all a second chance at life.
 
It’s a win, win, win for everybody!
 
Come see how these inspiring individuals have turned their dreams into reality and discover this unique and effective approach to horsemanship.  Heck, you might even be inspired to embark on your own journey to a whole new life with our equine companions.
 
Register now and discover what is truly possible for you and your horse.
Come to http://www.reachouttohorses.com/events.html to register!

You Are Only 2 Weeks Away From the Best Ride of Your Life!

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3-DAY INTUITIVE RIDING EXPERIENCE WITH ANNA TWINNEY
Your Riding Will Never Be the Same!
October 7 – 9, 2016 – 9am – 6pm
Happy Dog Ranch, Littleton, CO
 
Intuitive Riding from the Ground and Into the Saddle
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Friday: T.L.C. on the Ground and In the Saddle
Learn the art of Trust-Based Learning and Compassionate Communication. T.L.C. is the foundation of the ROTH program’s in-hand work… and there’s a reason for it. You will create a solid foundation with your horse, set him up for success and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined. Then you will take those same techniques to the saddle to take your riding to that deeper level.
 
Saturday: The Obstacle Course and Spook-Busting
The obstacle course is one of the most effective tools in horsemanship and you will explore it both on the ground and in the saddle. On day 2 you will work with your horse from the saddle to eliminate any concerns about spooking while you are on his back. You will learn how to gain a closer connection with your horse and fill in the holes you might not have even known you had. All without fear, stress or flooding. We did this day earlier in the year to rave reviews and fantastic results!
 
Sunday: Intuitive Riding with Your Horse
This will be a day you remember forever! You will put it all together as you take the entire 3 days to the saddle, solve your toughest issues and experience the art of intuitive riding. Anna will help you take your training, and the partnership with your horse, to a whole new level as she introduces you to the subtleties of the horse’s communication system.   Anna’s unique method of using not only body language but also energy and interspecies communication will reveal just how communicative your horse really is and how we can use this subtle yet comprehensive language to create and deepen a true partnership between horse and human. Once you experience that connection an entire new world of riding and a whole new relationship will open up for you. You will see, maybe for the first time, the magic of intuitive riding.
For more information on how to register for Intuitive Riding, visit us at:

If You Could Start Your Colt This Way in 7 Days, Imagine Where You’d Be in 7 Weeks or Months…

Join the Colt Starting group at Friends of Horses as they start and spook bust their horses.  Many of the horses you see here are Mustangs, and there are a few Friesians, as well.  Just imagine though, if you could make this kind of solid progress as you build trust over the first 7 days of training, there is no limit to what you could do and where you could go.  For more information on Anna Twinney, her methods, and how you can Reach Out to Horses to better the lives of all involved, please visit us on our webpage at:

Reach Out to Horses Upcoming Events and Appearances

 

BLM Director Announces No Killing of Wild Horses in Captivity

Points to TCF/AWHPC Lawsuit as reason for Halting Wild Mare Sterilization

WASHINGTON, DC – (September 15, 2016) – Yesterday, BLM head, Neil Kornze announced that the BLM was not accepting the recommendation from their National Advisory Board to destroy wild horses in holding and to offer wild horses that had been passed over for adoption for sale without limitation.  “This recommendation met a firestorm of outrage across the country and caused our phones to ring off the hook,” states Ginger Kathrens, Humane Advocate on the Advisory Board and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF), the sole dissenting vote to the board’s recommendation.

Prior to the Sept meeting TCF learned that the BLM decided to drop Wild Mare Sterilization Research Experiments in which wild mares (and fillies as young as 8 months) would be surgically sterilized. BLM Director Kornze indirectly referenced the TCF and AWHPC lawsuit requesting to be present to view and record the sterilization procedures, as the reason the experiments in Oregon were cancelled.

Other lawsuits and thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from concerned Americans played a significant part in bringing a halt to the experiments as well as halting the recommendation to destroy captive wild horses.

Kathrens warns, “this does not mean the horses in holding and on the range are out of trouble.”  Kathrens recalls the documents that came to her office in late 2008 revealing  BLM Secret Meetings in which the agency discussed how many horses could be killed each year and how many psychologists would be needed to counsel BLM employees asked to kill healthy wild horses.     In June, Kathrens was asked to speak before the House Sub-Committee on Federal Lands.   “It was clear that the Western congressional representatives had no interest in hearing what I had to say,” she states. “They wanted the horses gone, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming purred that euthanasia of thousands of captive wild horses would be such ‘a lovely way to die,’ Kathrens states.

When asked, “where do we go from here?” Kathrens replied, “it is imperative that we continue to speak up, encouraging BLM to use humane tools to limit births in our wild horse herds. The ultimate goal is limiting reproduction to natural mortality. And to reduce the number of wild horses held in short term corrals, we should return these non-reproducing geldings and mares to available BLM lands designated for wild horse use, but where no wild horses currently live.”

This victory is due to thousands of advocates and concerned Americans’ expressing outrage and presenting a united voice for the wild horses.

LINKS:

BLM DirectorAnnounces No Killing of Wild Horses in Holding 

 BLM won’t euthanize wild horses it cannot adopt — Kornze

Lawsuit Filed toUphold Right to Observe Controversial Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments

Republican Led SubCommittee on Federal Lands

Mare SterilizationResearch EA

BLM Secret Meetings2008 

 

Media Contact:

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

paula@thecloudfoundation.org