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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.

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Meet Marvin and share in his journey to wellness!

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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.


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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Contact: Vincent Mancarella



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


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.

Animal Communication Instruction DVD set now available

Animal Communication Instruction

Anna Twinney, World Renowned Animal Behaviorist released her new Animal Communication Instruction DVD set today.


June 4, 2015

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International equestrian expert and animal communicator, Anna Twinney announces the release of her new two-DVD set, Animal Communication: The Journey Within. “Nature is my connection to Spirit and the animals are my guides,” Anna explains of her unique ability to translate animal behavior into words for people to understand. This new DVD series allows anyone with desire and insight to develop their own intuition and begin to practice what Anna is known for all over the world.

As an animal behavior authority, Anna is respected around the globe for her knowledge and ability. This DVD series allows the viewer to follow along during an Animal Communication retreat at the beautiful and historic White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

The sub title “the Journey Within” is apt as Anna guides the viewer through the process of threading their own talents, overcoming obstacles and pulling from past experiences to nurture their own inherent gifts. Viewers will discover ways to enhance their perceptions, make clearer connections and understand how personal memories and imagination have an impact into the process and openness that animal communication embodies.

The DVD is comprised of lectures, graphic illustration, stories, advice through Q and A, exercises and even a live session, all intertwined to help the viewer work toward being an accurate and reliable communicator.

Avid animal lovers, students, passionately curious and even hardcore skeptics are the perfect candidates to enjoy this one-of-a-kind series. Questions will be answered, current skills enhanced and roadblocks removed in this eye-opening, thought provoking series. With all creatures, great and small, domestic and wild, Anna seeks to change perspectives and create better lives for animals and humans.

Animals need more ambassadors, this DVD bridges the gap to understanding what that means.

To read more about Animal Communication: The Journey Within visit http://reachouttohorses.com/dvd.html



Being Sherlock!


I have been meaning to get my feedback about the Animal Communication Course to you sooner, but finally have sat my butt in a chair and am getting this to you now.

Though nearly 10 days has passed since Drew and I attended the session on April 24th, we are still swirling in the awe of the magnificence we were able to experience on that Friday. The follow up session we had on Monday with Sherlock also proved quite helpful in our learning to relax when Sherlock is with other dogs.

Coming to the workshop, I believed we were gaining some understanding of how we can better communicate with animals. Little did I realize that I would walk away realizing who we are on this earth and that we all have the capacity to communicate with all living things. I had come to learn, and I left that day, very much moved and in a space of immense gratitude.

The exercises that we did as a group and individually, highlighted the gifts that we all possess. It reminded me also how critical it is to listen and to recognize our own filters that can distort messages. I believe each of us got glimpse of what is like to truly connect to another living being on a profound level. It is easy to negate or dismiss what one has heard or felt or seen when I listened to Hannah. However, when I gave voice or wrote down, what I heard, it became credible and even validated by others. The emotions were so strong, they could not be denied or swept away. I don’t know know what will happen to Hannah, but she left a mark on my heart and deep in my soul with a knowing that we connected.

The reading of Sherlock via photocopy by others magnified the interconnectedness we all share The words that were expressed, has helped us with our ability to be more relaxed and joyful around Sherlock. We realized that Sherlock is a very happy dog and we need to relax and just let him be Sherlock.

Both Drew and I appreciated your candor, being down-to-earth and great humor. We both realized that we were in the presence of a master communicator. We are honored to have spent the day with you. We are grateful to Alex for her love of animals and to Hutch, his animals and his staff at the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center.

We are but babes in the woods when it comes to making sense of it all, yet we walked away from the workshop realizing there is a world of infinite possibilities with reality redefined.

With much love and appreciation,

Diane L.


Time to Come Together with Unakite

by Karen Osborne

Learn about crystals and more from our student Karen.

Learn about crystals and more from our student Karen.

Unakite is considered one of the supreme stones of the heart. Its energetic signature is one of Unity, Harmony, Co-operation and Peaceful Co-Existence. This makes it a perfect stone to hail in, and work effectively with, the energies of spring and the Chinese Astrological Year of the Wooden Sheep.

Unakite is a beautiful combination of Pink Jasper and Green Epidot – two stones that have decided to grow together to achieve more in partnership than they could as individuals. As the name suggests, Unakite encourages humanity to unite in shared purpose and common goals for benefit of All. The year of the Wooden Sheep is an opportune time for partnership – for teaming up with others – for pooling our resources, creativity, passion, talent, skill and vision.

Now is the time to share who you are and what you do with your community andbeyond – perhaps even the entire world. You may find yourself attracting new and helpful people, resources and circumstances. You may be called to expand your work, your education and your sphere of influence. Collaboration is key to any action you take. We are stronger together than we are alone. Ask yourself, who do you need to work with to make the world a better place? It’s time to trust your decisions and abilities so that you can enter into partnership with other people. Who needs to be part of your team? Whose team can you become part of? As in ancient times, community creates can create a better future for All.

If you’re not sure where to begin, the Year of the Wooden Sheep also supports cleansing on all levels – perfect timing for spring-cleaning. You could begin a physical detox regime for your body. You could also utilize this influence to clean and de-clutter your living space. The current energies also support mental and emotional purification. Unakite can help with this too. It can assist the release of deeply held negative emotions in a slow and gentle way. Once the emotions are liberated Unakite begins the task of slowly but surely eliminating negative thought patterns and beliefs, freeing us of the behavioral patterns generated by them. It’s the perfect partner for cleansing at emotional and mental levels.

Now is definitely an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ time to be alive. With a little help from Unakite, you can let go of the person you think you are, and open the way for a new, freer and more empowered you to emerge. It’s a time to be flexible, to entertain all points of view, and to be tolerant and forgiving. We can learn to bend with the wind and to welcome surprise. It’s a time for new directions and new people.

Unakite’s message of unity encourages constant gentleness and nurturing of oneself and others. It promotes kindness, understanding and living together in harmony. Unakite and the Year of the Wooden Sheep supports any effort that brings benefit to the entire community. All things are possible when our focus is on co-creating a future that is good for all life. In fact my sense is that everything we do from this time onward must be good for everyone and everything. Unakite can help us evolve our focus from ‘me’ to ‘we’. It’s a great time for recognizing our similarities, for finding acceptance for others and for closing gaps of understanding that keep us separate from each other.

Unakite is also a stone of vision and expansion. Let it help you to make those changes you know you need to make. Take advantage of that extra energetic help available to you now with the influence of spring and the Year of the Wooden Sheep to begin something new that changes your life. It’s a potent time for taking action and achieving goals. As long as what you are doing has value for people, it has the potential for great success. First, cleanse yourself and your environment to bring you the clarity you need to move forward on your path.

Next, voice your dreams and act on them.

Consistent with its energy of new life and new beginnings, Unakite assists healthy pregnancies and recovery from serious illnesses. It can also help people bounce back from loss, misfortune and disappointment. It is also a wonderful stone for anyone who feels uncertain about the future or feels overwhelmed by their present circumstances.

Try placing a few Unakite stones together in a bowl in your living space. It can bring harmony to your inner terrain and inspire peace and co-operation in your relationships. Once you’ve mastered peaceful co-existence within yourself and with the folks who are currently in your life, new opportunities to collaborate with others will begin to take shape.

Unakite can help us to remember, that we are all brothers and sisters – woven together in a beautiful tapestry of pink-green heart energy. It’s time to come together again. One breath, one heartbeat – it’s more than just a legend…

Unakite blessings to All,


Published in: on May 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

ROTH ~ Q&A On liberty and long-lining

Q: I have been working with a lot of Perrelli trained horses, some well trained some not so much.  Most of them have extensive experience with being lunged but not so much with liberty work in the round pen.   

Just curious about lunging in the Roth array of techniques.  

A by ROTH Instructor student Elaine Ackerly:

When getting into the question of lungeing it is a tricky one for some. While this tool has been in use for many moons, it has, also, been used incorrectly in most instances. I think it is more pressing to ask yourself, why we work at liberty and why we use two lines (long lining) verses the one (lungeing).

I think it may help you to answer a few questions:

1. Why would one line be better than two?

2. When we ride do we ride with one rein or two?

3. How much clear communication is given with one inside line verses an inside and outside line?

4. What are the goals we set when we lunge or long line, and how would the outcome be affected by our choice of one line verses two?

1. By using one line to exercise we are forced to put on a cavesson and side reins in order to get the horse to get into position and keep its head ‘in place.’ This is not training the horse, but forcing it into what we want. When we long line or drive from the ground, we have a way to communicate with both sides of the horse and our body language to teach them to carry themselves into the ideal position. By helping the horse to get there, rather than holding them there, we are, in fact, training.

2. If we think about the functions of the inside and outside reins we can begin to see the need for both, not only from the saddle, but the ground as well. Remember, the inside rein is for direction and the outside rein is for speed. It’s this combination that creates balance and collection in the gates.

3. The reasons to lunge or long line are many but the primary reasons are to exercise, rehabilitate, to train and to assess a horse (usually, training to ride or drive). If we take into account that we always ride with two reins and that the training we do is to get a horse to the point of this, than we should be helping the horse as best we can. The transition from ground driving to riding is one that is usually received by horses smoothly, because the message from hand to head is the same. Where as, with lungeing there is some figuring out on the horses part to be done when moving onto the two rein system of riding.

More importantly, I think you need to be addressing why liberty is not working for these horses. Is it your application of the methods or some previous training that they have had? Because the ROTH methods are derived from the horses themselves, there should be no struggle for them to understand it and to communicate with them successfully. If you can confidently say that you are applying the methods correctly, than we would move onto asking the horses what they have been taught. A horse that has been taught in the round pen to never do an outside turn or to always face (for two examples) up will be challenging for a beginner, learning themselves. Because, the responses we have taught you to expect (because they follow the natural language of horses) are not the responses the horse has been trained to give.

If it is the latter of these options than I encourage you to consider the horse as intelligent and aware. A horse that has been trained to go against their language and nature has not forgotten their nature, they have just adapted to work within the language of people. They are very capable of going back to their way, and once it is clear to them this is the direction sought they are more than happy with the change. We have had numerous horses come through the clinics over the years that have had different levels and quality of Parreli training. Every one of them has been successful in the Reach Out and long lining.

Getting your liberty work down is very important to long lining. When we introduce long lining to the horses it is always with the lines quietly in hand and directions given with body language as if the horse was at liberty. We build in the cues from the lines as we direct with the body language and eventually are able to fade out the body language and rely on the lines. This is the kindest and most effective way to teach a horse about reins and to follow direction from them, because the language begins in their own and is translated for them.

Here is an article Anna wrote about long lining. I could have sworn that I had read one in the past she had written about lungeing vs long lining, but my search came up blank.



ROTH Texas Comes to the Department of Equine Sciences at Colorado State University with Braxton Dolce

Hello everyone,

I have to tell y’all about my recent get away to Colorado.

It all started when Jordyn DeCarlo, who was my intern a couple of years ago, asked me to be a guest speaker for the equine behavior class at the Department of Equine Sciences at Colorado State University. She knew it was my dream, bucket list stuff, to teach at the collegiate level. Never graduating from undergrad much less with a graduate or doctorate degree limits me to be able to teach in this arena.

I chose to lecture on, “What is Holistic Horsemanship.” This is a huge topic and I was grateful for the three hours of class time. I broke it down by suggesting that there is no such thing as Natural Horsemanship. Most of what we do with horses goes against their very nature and design. I asked the class to consider instead a truly “balanced horsemanship” upon which to build relationships with horses.

Begin by balancing Nutrition, Hoof care, Chiropractic issues, Dental, your tack most importantly the saddle, and then the handler/rider. The suggestion is that if we achieve total balance in everything involved with our horses, and our interactions with them, that we will begin to think holistically.

A big part of this can be achieved by learning and practicing the tenets set out by the Reach Out to Horses Methodologies. Lead from finessed subtleties that are passive in nature, build a trust based relationship and not a dominant one, abandon fear and pain in everything that we do, and last but not least, give each and every individual a voice so that the communication is balanced.

I asked the students to drop common words like break, broken, make, made, tell and told, and to replace them with trained, started, asked, and suggested as the very intention that goes along with the word has the potential to bring in the wrong kind of feelings and actions.

I talked to them about the language of the horse and how we all feel better when we are able to understand what someone is saying to us. I touched on positive reinforcement and suggested that rewarding the try can help you gain ground exponentially.

I did touch on the into pressure phenomenon as most people have never heard of it. And when I asked what optimal timing for reward was the whole class said three to five seconds. This is still being taught incorrectly. I shared that I had learned the same thing but that in reality you have to be spot on in less than a second, 3-8 10ths of a second to be exact, and this made sense to everyone.

I demonstrated shaping and giving the horse a voice, Jordyn displayed lots of equine behavior as I picked up her feet and lead her around the class room in different ways.

I administered the VAK test so that they could understand that we all learn differently and they were excited to see what their strengths were as well.

Then we all went downstairs into the indoor arena where I was able to demonstrate the Reach Out process and TLC. At one point I looked up to see if I still had a class because they were so quiet. What I saw were forty sets of eye balls intently watching everything presented to them. I really enjoyed this opportunity and hope to be able to do this again in the near future.

But I must back up here a bit because when Anna found out that I was coming to CO she invited me to come Instruct with her the weekend before my lecture at CSU.

We had the best time teaching a newly formatted clinic “Spook-busting into the Saddle” This was an amazing two day adventure where everyone had breakthroughs and nothing was lost except for Anna’s Truck keys. We did TLC and Spook-busting the first day and then obstacles the next day; first in hand and then ridden. It was challenging, but so much fun and extremely rewarding for all involved.

Thank you Anna, Vin, and Joseph for letting me come hang out and play with y’all for a few days; such a treat to visit friends and catch up at the Reach Out ranch.


p.s. Anna and Vin…your arena looks amazing!!! ;

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Anna is coming to Friends of Horses in April! See what else is going on at Friends of Horses Rescue!

SPOOKBUSTING: The Stress-Free Way
  to Desensitizing your Horse to Anything 
 April 11 & 12, 2015 – 9am – 6pm
 Location: Friends of Horses, Centennial, CO
Anna Twinney will introduce you to some of the most important elements in creating a bombproof equine partner through genuine trust-based training methods. Get the results you’ve always wanted but haven’t necessarily been able to achieve.
Click here for more information and to save your spot!
Also at Friends of Horses Rescue…
Save the Date! Wine Sip & Silent Auction
May 8th, 2015, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
You will have a relaxing evening with good company, while enjoying some exceptional wines.
This is an exciting time for FOH! Spring is on its way and with the warmer days, horse enthusiasts flock to to the ranch for some equine companionship and volunteer time.
Whether you are new to FOH, or an old-timer, we would love to see you! It is a great time to meet new people with the same passion for horses. Prior events have offered amazing silent auction items, including sports memorabilia, flight simulation sessions, home and yard refurbishments, jewelry and retail items, massage and hair services…and yes, a variety of items to pamper your horse.
All proceeds benefit Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption. As alcohol will be served at this event, those under 21 years old may not attend, however, they are welcome to visit any other day of the year!
Click here for more information about our Wine Sip.

If you have an item to donate, please drop it off with Bill in the clubhouse or contact Mimi at 303-522-8810.
Published in: on March 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

On Swirls and Horses

Anna: Many of my clients have bred their horses for the quantity of swirls in support of performance and otherwise… its a fun subject and can certainly keep you safe when you meet them for the very first time giving you great insights.

Kay: I just located this one from when I first got her. Think it might be adequate….

Swirls Nevada Newsletter
Anna: Very interesting, Kay Tomlinson, and not your usual swirl that I have seen. If I am identifying this correctly the swirl lies slightly to the left also making her left side dominant and so I would teach her on the left side first, not because its standard, but because she would benefit from that side more. Equally, if she has a bad experience on this side, it would show up quickly.
I have found that individuals with a “wheat sheaf” swirl (elongated) do not tolerate fools and prefer information to be clear and precise. They are often misunderstood and can find themselves in difficult circumstances often being sold on multiple occasions. When the information is not correctly presented, they are known to have a short fuse and will often “act out” sometimes this causes major behavior issues and as a horse whisperer I find myself involved to not only save lives, but act as messenger on their behalf. They appreciate clear messages the first time around with consistency, recognition for their character, strength and knowledge. Bring in the sensitivity of the chestnut you will be required to be a great leader honoring the herd of two:)!
Hope this helps, as it certainly helps me when I meet horses for the first time and have to be at liberty with them. Often I only have 1 hour to “fix” a behavior and I thread my knowledge in for support and safety for sure. If you are asking where this information is coming from, my point of reference is my knowledge and experience, not documented other than in my head:) at this time and only once did I create a webinar piece on it…more documentation is yet to come:).
Kay: Thank you, Anna! Yes–very helpful. Nevada is scary-smart, and insists on clarity and respect in communication. She does have a short fuse, but fortunately her acting out involves mostly a refusal to interact the next day, once you’ve insulted her or her intelligence. She’s the most intuitive and communicative of my horses, in terms of understanding human “issues” (equine-guided learning is our job). Much more than the other two horses, Nevada has facilitated some major breakthroughs for my clients, in extremely creative ways. Thanks for your additional insight!
Published in: on March 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm  Comments (3)  

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