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Welcome to our little corner of the Blogosphere.   Stop by often to get great tips and information on all things natural horsemanship, animal communication, energy healing, and more.  You can also keep up with all we have going on as Anna travels around the globe teaching her methodologies of trust-based communication.

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Diatomaceous Earth vs Bentonite Clay (Miracle Clay)

What is the difference between Diatomaceous Earth and Bentonite Clay (Miracle Clay)?

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There seems to be a bit of a debate around DE versus Bentonite Clay and which is the most beneficial.  They sound similar so perhaps one could be forgiven for thinking that there might not be a huge difference between them.  After all, both are mineral-rich, organic deposits found in the earth.  Both are mined for their health enhancing and detoxifying properties and judging from the vast amount of testimonials on the internet offer some pretty impressive beneficial results to human, equine, and animal kind generally.  Also, one is clay, the other earth, right?  Actually, not right!  DE is not earth at all. It’s made up of finely ground Silica-rich fossilized shells or diatoms (marine phytoplankton) found in thousands-of-years-old dry lake beds and oceans.  Miracle Clay, or Calcium Bentonite, on the other hand, really is clay.  It comes from volcanic ash deposits that have, over eons of time, transformed into clay minerals.  The main difference between the two, apart from origin, seems to be how they actually work.

 

When consumed, DE’s tiny, almost diamond-hard particles, act as a mildly abrasive cleanser helping to purify the body.  In addition, the particles themselves are cylindrical in shape with hollow centers causing toxins etc., to be trapped inside, drawn through the body, and eliminated along with the particles themselves.  Their porous nature also creates a perfect filter.  In fact, one of the three grades of DE is used in swimming pool filtering systems and is highly toxic.  Only food-grade DE is suitable for humans and animals.  (There is some debate around toxicity relating to inhalation of the powder)  One of the primary uses of DE is that of a natural wormer for horses.  The other non-food grade of DE is a non-chemical pesticide and insect control.  The waxy, protective outer-coating of parasites and bugs are scratched by the diatoms resulting in dehydration and death.  It is thought that a similar action occurs with parasites during the de-worming process.

Like DE, Bentonite Clay, as already mentioned, is also a detoxifier, but rather than filtering or scraping toxins from the body, the clay absorbs toxins.  Toxins and harmful bacteria stick to the clay molecules causing them to swell.  The molecules along with their passengers are then passed through and eliminated from the body.  DE filters and also scrapes away toxins, Clay absorbs them like a sponge.  It is also thought to possess electromagnetic properties, which emits a negative charge as it moves through the body thus attracting even more toxins that have a positive charge.

A draw card for DE is its high percentage of Silica.  Silica seems to have a large array of health-enhancing properties and was even mentioned by Louis Pasteur as being a possible “super mineral” of the future.

For Bentonite Clay, it’s “drawing-out” ability in wound care, abscesses etc., make it invaluable as a poultice.  It was used as far back as roman times as a diagnostic tool.  The heat from inflammation kept the clay wet when applied externally, giving an indication where the infection was.

Benefits of DE

  • Improves joint, bone and ligament health
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improved digestion and more regular bowel movements
  • Better liver and colon functioning
  • Improved detoxification and removal of heavy metals
  • Is rich in nutrients and minerals including: silica, magnesium, silicon, calcium, sodium, iron, titanium, boron, manganese, copper and also zirconium.

 

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

  • Detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals.
  • Reduces pain and infection in open wounds.
  • Used for the healing of ulcers, chronic pain, and even split hooves in horses.
  • Can be used as a poultice for hoof abscesses.
  • Can be blended with essential oils to enhance healing.
  • Is rich in nutrients and minerals including: calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium

 

Are you interested in learning more about the multitude of applications for Miracle Clay in your life and the lives of your animals?  Visit Anna’s Dynamite Page for all of the valuable details including how to order and use Miracle Clay!

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Sun, Sand, Swimming, and Healing with Horses

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Today the animals want you to know that it is time to
quiet your old voice and allow a new one to awaken. ~ Anna Twinney

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EXPLORING ANIMAL COMMUNICATION

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

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When Veronika and Anna met on Skype for the very first time, Veronika mentioned a very unexpected surprise for Anna.  “It’s a symbol giving us inspiration,” she said. It’s been on my desk since 2008 and now look we stand here together, united.  I don’t go on what I read or the person, I go on what I feel.  I was like a child when I first saw your logo.  It drew me right in and is so very important.  It inspired me to create my logo.

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Unmarked Photos: Arendell Brewster

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Taking risks, having faith, and blindly following your heart takes you to extraordinary places in life…I followed the call of the horse in 1997 which changed my life forever.    Let it be your time.

7 NEW Extra-Ordinary Experiences in TT:

My first time teaching in the Caribbean
Riding the waves on multiple, magical, retired race horses
Eating exotic daily cuisine
Experiencing nighttime yoga
Moonlight turtle nesting adventure
Hitchhiking a ride with the local police department
Meeting the Prime Minister at the Tobago Charity Gold Classic function

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We were super excited to have Dr. Leah ~ Acupuncturist, massage therapist, and Healing with Horses Board Member come over from Trinidad to join us for the whole animal communication experience.
With an open mind and heart, Dr. Leah explored integrating the Young Living essential oils into her treatment.  Her sessions conducted at liberty, giving the horses free choice and a voice, she included them in the selection process.
When Navajo selected 5 oils, the pendulum revealed Relieve It, Hope and Di-gize to be the most serving for the day! With Hope on the heart chakra and Relieve it massaged in – Navajo choreographed his healing.

 

 

While having my hair braided in Tobago, I noticed this kitty rolling around on my pouch containing Essential Oils. I was unsure as to which oil triggered the love-fest, but for more than five minutes it was clear that the kitty was absolutely selecting an oil she needed!  Often when we see big reactions to Essential Oils, we don’t often get it on film.  It was great to see kitty’s reaction and share it with you all as a testament to the animals’ needs and desires to heal or soothe themselves.

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About Healing with Horses

 

Jennifer was the Founding Horse of Being with Horses.  This beautiful, sensitive chestnut mare came to us all the way from Speyside.  She had lived in the rainforest as a leader for a herd of twenty sheep.  In 2007 Veronika walked this lovely mare all the way from Speyside, a 20-hour trek, to bring her to her new home in Buccoo.

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Giving The Horses a Voice in Fall City, Washington

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Giving Our Horses a Voice

By Jim “Hutch” Hutchins, Director of Education, NWNHC

Our horse has no voice if we do not listen. This is one of my favorite quotes and the main reason I have had Anna Twinney bring the Reach Out To Horses program to the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC) for the last three years.  Listening is not just trying to figure out what our horse wants, but understanding him holistically and “hearing” what he has to say.  Again this spring Anna helped us all become more in-tune with our horses with an amazing mix of animal communication, TLC, liberty and driving training.

In just three days, twenty-one students and auditors found in themselves and their horse new levels of understanding, knowledge and growth.  But most importantly…progress.  It was amazing to see horses and humans take incredible strides in resolving issues, balancing their horse’s emotions and creating an active, two-way conversation.  In the liberty and driving sessions there were many emotional moments. There was nary a dry eye when a long-neglected horse finally found it had a voice and partner in its new owner.  And the new owner found the potential she knew the horse had.

For the first time, we also had an evening workshop on animal communication.  The thirty-three participants included horse enthusiasts and pet lovers who wanted to better understand inter-species communication and how it can help them with their animal relationships.  As anyone who has done an animal communication class with Anna can tell you, we learned to be more in touch with our own sensitivity and how to interpret and channel the “sixth sense” we all feel at times.

Thank you, Anna, for opening our minds and our hearts.  And thank you for helping us truly give our animal companions a voice.

2017 ROTH Class(Above)  Intuitive Riding Clinic Class Image from April 2017 in Fall City, Washington.

 

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From our Newsletter! Spring Awakenings and Offers of Healing…

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Today the animals want you to focus on your strengths and yet be mindful and sensitive to your weaknesses, for what we put our focus on grows. – Anna Twinney

Pictured here is Pip, who calls the For the Love of Dogs Rescue his home.  At a few months old he puts his past behind him to manifest a bright future.  He has faith the right person will show up in time.

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Pip spooked, leapt into the air and circled back on himself when he smelled the YL Oil Hope.  His Oil of choice: Magnify Your Purpose

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A Poem of Rescue

Sara Vanecek
What’s a girl who does rescue like me to do,

With a magical, special filly like you?
With joy and happiness, you fill my heart,

How bittersweet to know, one day we will part.
With a strong spirit we know, you’ve done an earthwalk before,

How excited we are to see what your future has in store.
For those who do rescue, you keep our dreams alive,

Of recovery, success, of joy and to thrive.
Please bless this filly and all she represents

Innocence, beauty, hope and elegance.
For those who do rescue, don’t give up or lose your why,

Because one day, one life will whisper…”I’ll make it worth your try.”

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Image courtesy of Sara Vanecek and these lovely mares saved from starvation only to rise up
again to share their strength and wisdom.
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Listen in to Anna’s recent radio interview with the Horse Radio Network on pole gentling

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I’d love to listen!

Interested in Gentling the Wild, Untouched Ones?  Partner with Anna on her Untouched Horse Course being held this year in Shingletown, CA.

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I would LOVE to learn about wild horse gentling! Tell me MORE!

Horses as Healers

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Tell me how I can join the Healing Horses Event in Wyoming

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Grab a copy of Horsemanship, in stores now in the UK, to read Anna’s featured article  “In the eyes of a horse.” Anna shares her story of an encounter with a mustang she had returned to a wild horse sanctuary.

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Interested in Animal Communication?  Anna will be in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, this May 12th-14th!

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Reflections on Foal Gentling with Tribal Foals in Oregon By Laura E. Schumann

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In this photo: Laura with the affectionately named “Crunchy.”

Part I:

My lessons are never soft and comfy.  Never easy, never simple, never just handed over and told, here you go-this is what you need to learn. Nope, not me, if there is a more challenging way to get my lesson, surely that will be my direction.  And the horses seem to know this as well.  And, well, so does Anna.  As a teacher myself, I can only confess I must say the words every teacher loves to hear.  So….here it is…..Yes, Anna you are right.  Now, to be honest, she knows this, but I am saying it anyway, because it is true.  I never doubted it, but sometimes a teacher can appreciate the honest acknowledgement-so herein, my acknowledgement.   (I will explain this in more detail further on).   In an end of day wrap up session, I listed off the variety of horses I have worked with in courses and clinics, and it was really one strong challenge and challenging horse after another.  So, live and learn, I grow and thrive, and I believe that this foal gentling was one of my most powerful, profound, and successful ROTH experiences.  In this very moment in time, as I sit at my desk at school preparing my next lecture, there is nowhere I want to be more than back with my foal-he was almost pushy, if you will, in reminding me of my lesson of being in the moment.  And although I must be in my moment now, I confess, I’d much rather be in that moment-with him J.

So, I really prepared for this.  Did my homework. Watched and watched the videos.  Remember- the farrier prep, the TLC, the haltering, the reach out, approach and retreat, grooming, back of the hand, not a claw, etc, right—got it, really prepared!  My horse was assigned to me: Crunchy.  Hm….not sure about the name-unique, quite the big personality, for a 4-month old still on milk….and oh, by the way—surprise! He’s dropped, too……

It seems my boy Crunchy already had a home and had been there for 3 weeks- he came back to us because his owner couldn’t catch him or really even get near him….and I quickly discovered he was a clever lad; he had learned exactly how to escape and knew just what would work—he knew to pin his ears, nip and bite (or, threaten it more than anything), and now and again, turn his bum… a clever boy indeed.  So-he absolutely pushed me to learn and grow. 

Day 2 we connected, he quickly grew bored of me and I became his plaything.  He was amused, but nothing more-at least I was getting close.  Day 3 was the rough one.  Something happened during lunch-maybe because his little buddy —- was out and free, and he wasn’t.  He became extremely riled up, and when I came to work with him, his energy hit me and I absolutely became jittery.  I was then in the pen with him, insecure and edgy, definitely ‘turnt up’, but not in a good way.  He immediately knew it, saw it, and took advantage of the situation-pinning, threatening, man he absolutely caught me and I was fearful of getting bitten or worse.  My confidence was low and he was indeed in charge of the pen and surroundings.  Sara was teamed up with me, and kindly volunteered to work with him.  With more confidence, she was able to approach and do some desensitizing, and we discovered that with her, his escape was to put himself into the corner, whereas with me he would pin ears, etc.  Interesting and helpful to discover.

On the upside, I had a golden moment that day anyway.  The little horse that was quite gentled came over to me as I sat watching others while my youngster slept-she came and stayed with me-to say, hey, you’re ok, it’s ok.  And so, when it came time for her to go-she had to get on the trailer, I asked if I might help.  As we began, I was told she hadn’t ever lead, and we would just herd her in—I asked if I might just go ahead, give it a shot- see if we couldn’t make it happen.  And sure enough, step by step, she came with me- we got her to the trailer, no panels, just a little help to motivate her from behind with a bit of energy-and I got her front feet onto the trailer with me-her caretaker gently lifted her back legs on-we did it!!! We lead her onto the trailer in a halter- a new trick for the caretakers involved!  My spirit flew.  Success for one foal- a new trick for the caretakers to see.  Chalk up another for the ROTH team!

We had our end of day wrap up, and everyone was more than kind-wanting me to open up to discuss the situation, and in a wonderfully supportive manner.  The conversation brought out my recounting several of the horses Anna had allocated to me throughout my studies, I named each one in turn, even surprising Anna with how many ‘challenging’ horses I’d had. 

As we moved forward, I determined to face him with my teaching energy.  And thus….he began treating me the same way as he had Sara.  He stopped threatening….we actually started to communicate, bond, create trust…and learning.  I recall struggling with an attempt to get the halter on.  Anna watching….called out, ok if you don’t’ get that halter on I’m coming in to do it.  Perfect. Just the motivation I needed-nope. NO WAY! My horse, I will halter.  And magically, I got the halter on….

…And the moment I got to his off side, He had blocked and blocked me, I finally asked, just the right way, with a little halter help-and there I was rubbing away on his neck, his head, his belly, all the off side.  Beaming proudly I called to Anna to see-and a quick little bugger he was-knew I’d left the moment set out to nip—what a reminder! What a powerful communication to remind me to stay in the moment-to remain totally and completely-with him.  Powerful lessons.  Powerful experience…even at 4 months I have nothing but great respect and admiration for the equine world and continue to be awestruck at the lessons, the journey, and the phenomenal ROTH experience.

On the final day, Crunchy’s owner came to see him and bring him home.  He walked over to the side of the pen where she stood, allowed her to touch him…she was blown away! She had chased him for three weeks and never got near him.  The trailer loading was a bit difficult.  I really wanted to try to lead him, but perhaps he just wasn’t ready.  So we herded him in, but the sun was so directly in eyes that I kept waiting for him to get out of that sun spot—doing something of a rather inconvenient dance—and I confess, as a teacher with a doctorate and I like to think with a few smarts-it never occurred to me to tell Anna the sun was blinding me-finally she noticed it, and came in to help-so the loading wasn’t as smooth as we would have liked, and unfortunately I had lost some valuable time with waiting for him to move out of the sun-but eventually we found success and he was headed for home.

I think about him often…..wonder how he is doing, hoping his owner is a bit more cognizant of his bold personality and awareness of his person being in the moment with him.

 

Part II:

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And with this awesome experience, I was recently reminded of something I had written for the ROTH newsletter my first time at White Stallion Ranch in AZ.  This was a few years ago, earlier in my ROTH journey.  We often struggle with our own abilities, insecurities, why am I doing this, etc etc….and yet I continue to pursue my path with ROTH.  Albeit slowly-something continues to compel me to remain on the journey. 

My year with horses last year was a very exciting and rewarding one.  Prior to the foal gentling, I had a few very encouraging experiences along the way.  I had returned to White Stallion and was given a different horse to ride- a very forward Arabian named Cash.  I’ve never had particularly strong feelings for Arabians—but this one caught my heart.  And….saved my bacon (so to speak).

We had a newer guide on a ride, and all things being considered, hey, everyone has to start somewhere, so I have no qualms about that.  She didn’t, however, quite have the gist of stopping a galloping string of horses.  And I must say, as much as I adore Cash, his gallop gets pretty wild.  It’s definitely a hang on style of run- so we were galloping pretty hard, and suddenly we see the horses in front of us completely stopped.  He spied it about a split second before I did, and honest to goodness, I heard him say to me “Oh Shoot!” (word edited here for courtesy).  As he did his best to skid to a stop, there was nothing he could do to not slam bam right into the horse in front of us- so he planted his front feet as best he could, and did an almost rodeo style massive flip to the left- landed in a bush (thank God not a cactus!) and as my friend Tori came up behind me (in a better position to see and slow down)—she said I have no idea how on earth you held on to that and didn’t go flying right off.  I said, I don’t know- he told me.  Somehow he just let me know he was going left and I just rode it over.  And I had the connection.  I got the message-I heard the whisper (although it was more than a whisper…..)

Part III:

And then I was at Anna’s clinic in West Virginia.  A few amazing, and frankly, life changing moments there.  One in particular stands out:  The night before, several of us helped bring a client’s horses into the barn/pasture area.  I was there barely in time to man the wide gate—and 1 horse,  Visionquest (whom I had met earlier that day and knew she was powerful with a big, bold, and commanding personality) came bounding past the 5 people placed  to hold her-straight toward me and the open gate.  No time for me to close the gate, and not a good thing for her to escape-I stood in the middle of the opening-and as she headed my way-we made eye contact.  And in that amazing 3-8 tenths of a second I heard the whisper.  I saw that 3/10 of a second hesitation in her eye.  And I looked right back and said, yup, that’s right; I’m not going to let you through this gate.  And just as she got to me, did the most amazing 180 turn back into the barnyard.  My heart was pounding, but in that crazy, defining moment-I stood my ground, because I had caught the whisper of hesitation.  She slammed around 5 other people (horse people, at that-who later, by the way, told me they weren’t about to stop that charging horse!) but I caught it.  And I stopped her.  And that, simple small, amazing moment, was defining.  And—here Is the part where I say Anna, you were right; you can’t teach feel you just have to feel feel. And as I continually grope, and struggle to get that- I knew, at least in that moment-I had gotten it.  One brief, fleeting moment-but it gave me just enough, just that feeling to say, yea, ok, I get it.  I still have a lot of work to do-but in that moment, I got it.  And what a WOW moment! Funny how one split second can provide so much.  And, it then gives you the drive, the courage, the desire to carry on, to know that you can learn so much, and maybe, just maybe….make a difference.  Might not be big, but that one moment-was worth a great deal.  That moment says; keep working, because you want another moment like that.  And that moment could make a difference for a horse or a person.

And so the journey continues.  And I am more than grateful for the opportunity to continue it with the truest and most authentic and sincere horse whisperer around.  Anna truly does this all for the love of the horse (and all animals), for the opportunity to catch the whisper and be the voice of the horse-while training people with life lessons and opportunities that simply don’t exist elsewhere.

Interested in Foal Gentling or working with the Untouched Ones?

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If you really want to experience the experience then join Anna on one of these courses in either Bend, Oregon, or in Shingletown, California this year!

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Or if you prefer the wilder side of things, Reach Out to the Untouched Ones with Anna in Shingletown, CA, this August.  Space is limited for this one-of-a-kind experience in gentling mustangs with one of the world’s greatest equine behaviorists and linguists.

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Are you telling me there is a course for gentling mustangs?  Show me how it’s done!

Anna visits the UK in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, for the 3-Day Animal Communication Workshop this May 12-14th!

Join Anna in the UK this May!

This year we are excited to announce a new, extraordinary, 3-day animal communication class!
You are super intuitive!
You listen to your heart… your gut.
The people around you know you have a strong affinity for animals.
You can be extremely empathic to the point that it might even affect you in social situations.
You relate to animals extremely well and already know that you are dialed in.
But there have been times when you didn’t trust the messages you were getting: Times you weren’t sure if the connection was real.

For more information on how you can join Anna for this special 3-day event, visit our events calendar here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/acyork.html

You can also visit our Facebook events page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898522947027954/

 

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Check out Anna’s Interview While on Location in Morocco to see What Constitutes Real Partnership

Visit Horse Lifestyle TV’s Facebook Page (https//www.facebook.com/HorseLifestyle/?pnref=story) and scroll down, or click on the link or video below to see Anna’s interview that discusses true partnership, and what it looks like to really hear the horses.

 

Check Out Anna’s Horse Lifestyle Interview from Morocco!