Rescue Foals in Training ROTH Reaches out at Equine Voices Day 5 and Graduation

Foal Gentling at Equine Voices in Tucson, Arizona   
  I have been home almost a week from Anna’s Foal Gentling Clinic, and am still connecting with the filly I worked with. The experience and knowledge will stay with me a lifetime, even though Lacey will move on to her “forever home”. I feel so honored that I was able to help make her first human contact a gentle, positive experience. Although Lacey was fearful of being touched the first 3 days, once she felt safe and realized we could help her feel more comfortable with her shedding and somewhat matted coat, she reacted with complete bliss as she twitched her upper lip, closed her eyes, and leaned into my hand, directing me to new areas for more scratches. What a thrill to know she was moving from a place of fear and distrust to asking for more rubs from my hands.
     Due to her early reluctance, we were moving more slowly than the other foals, but went through several steps in the last hour on the last day to eventually have a saddle pad on her back and rubbed all over her body, including over her face! As a former first grade teacher, I am reminded of many students who were shy, unsure, or “late bloomers”. I often reminded  parents to be patient and supportive, giving children their time to grow. Then suddenly, as if a light bulb  turned on, everything burst into their being, and they understood, they were like a thirsty sponge. “Late Bloomers” are not slow learners, they are just moving at a different pace, but like the well known story of the “Tortoise and the Hare” speed is not always the answer, because “slow and steady often wins the race”!  Learning for hoses is not unlike people, and this week with the foals reminded me of a classroom of first graders learning to read. Through Lacey, the other foals, and all Anna’s classes, I have realized how we as humans really are more connected to our equine companions than we think, and remembering that, as we work with our own horses will help to improve our relationship and interactions tremendously.
    Thank you, Anna and Equine Voices for the invitation to give these foals a new and positive introduction to Our world and their part in our lives. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our week fun, welcoming, and a great learning experience!

Tina Fonda-Casper

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Rescue Foals in Training - ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices Day 1
Rescue Foals in Training – ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices Day 1
ROTH's Foals in Training, Equine Voices, AZ Day 2 - AM
ROTH’s Foals in Training, Equine Voices, AZ Day 2 – AM
Feral Foals to Foals in Training ROTH's gentling methodologies Day 2 - PM
Feral Foals to Foals in Training ROTH’s gentling methodologies Day 2 – PM
ROTH's Foals in Training  Equine Voices, AZ - Day 3
ROTH’s Foals in Training Equine Voices, AZ – Day 3
Foals in Training ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices Day 4-AM
Foals in Training ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices Day 4-AM
Foals in Training - ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices - Day 4 PM
Foals in Training – ROTH reaches out at Equine Voices – Day 4 PM


“I got to the ROTH foal gentling class a day late. I had been on the waiting list for the class, already giving it up in my mind and then there was a last minute cancellation! The class started on Monday 2/20, it was the day I organized to get time off work, purchased a flight ticket, secured housing, rode my horse Ace, took my doggies to agility, washed clothes, packed and traveled to Arizona.  Due to all above, I entered the class with absolutely no expectations, had not even watched the videos yet (sorry Anna – I will).

The week was amazing as everything with Anna. This week was different in lots of ways. The group was small, we buddied each other in pairs – switching the buddy daily- which gave time to focus on 2 foals every day, but also gave a chance to watch another person work on his/her foal. We got plenty of hands on with our foal. Anna performed some very helpful demos. It was quiet, sunny, isolated. We were in a different planet for a week!

Most amazing were the foals!  My little guy learned to be comfortable with touch, a halter, be groomed, pick his feet, be ok with farrier positions, wear a blanket, lead, disengage his hips, lead in obstacle course over a bridge and a tarp and walk into a trailer – all in 5 days! His name is Eclipz. He is outgoing, curious, brave and needs a fun, firm but fair person in his life. I thank him for all the lessons he gave me and wish him all the best!”


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Reach Out to Horses Foals in Training Equine Voices Day 5 AM
Reach Out to Horses Foals in Training Equine Voices Day 5 AM

Day Five AM
For Anna Twinney it has always been about giving a “voice to the voiceless”. Since age 18 Anna has served her Community protecting those who could not protect themselves, learning to listen to the silence between the words & step up to make a change. More than 22 years later Anna continues to make it her mission to give back to the horses, especially those being discarded, misplaced, manhandled and/or abused. Aligning with Equine Angels, CT & Equine Voices, AZ, Reach Out to Horses travels world-wide to gentle feral foals & wild horses giving them a second chance at life. During this week’s “Success-foals in training” clinic a special group of individuals came together to learn horse whispering. What they discovered was so much more!


Reach Out To Horses' Foals in Training   Equine Voices, AZ Day 5   PM
Reach Out To Horses’ Foals in Training Equine Voices, AZ Day 5 PM

Day Five PM

It takes a special person to recognize a foal for who they are today, not for their history and their past, but for who they are this very moment. Pity does not fit into the equation, as they have been saved and face another chance. Instead, faith, hope and an inner strength is where it lies. Each foal responds differently to their past experiences as do you and I. Some may be despondent, vacant, lost, angry, depressed, sad, shy or fearful, while others will be engaged, curious, intrigued, inquisitive, happy, sensitive, snuggly & loving. When gentling these innocent beings one has to be open to their needs – leaving expectations and preconceived ideas behind. There is no room for judgement, for nothing is intended to be personal, but instead its time to open ones heart and listen to the whisper.


Reach Out to Horses presents Foals in Training   Graduation Day
Reach Out to Horses presents Foals in Training Graduation Day

Graduation Day Part 1
Meet the former PMU foals saved from the Canadian slaughter houses and rescued by a team of amazing individuals. Anna Twinney, her students from around the World, and Equine Voices came together to provide an environment for both the foals and the students to understand compassionate foal gentling. During a week’s ROTH’s horse whispering course the foals developed from feral foals ready for their forever homes. Through understanding their individual personalities, needs, speeds and learning styles Anna Twinney guided each soul on their private journey- to success. Here, for the first time, you get to hear about their incredible passage as minds and hearts were opened to endless possibilities.

ROTH's Sucess Foals in Training Equine Voices Graduation Day II
ROTH’s Sucess Foals in Training Equine Voices Graduation Day II

Graduation Day Part 2
Its truly incredible when you realize all that these former PMU foals have experienced and yet they are willing to give us a 2nd chance! Through mindful inter-species communication Anna Twinney brings to you her wealth of experience, showing you too can achieve results you seek of handling foals in just 6-days. What has taken many trainer’s weeks, months & years to accomplish…Anna brings her tried and proven ROTH gentling methodologies to you in a calm, patient and thoughtful way. She proves to you that there is NO need for force, violence, shoots, ropes or restriction – instead a true voice is given to the voice-less. Learn the intricacies of the language of the horse; body language, energetic connection & telepathy through a unique program. Today – experience the foal’s graduation day! And a glimpse of the precious pride we all experienced.


“Back in Colorado and missing the foals. It was a glorious week of technique, learning and making connections. My connection was with my foal who was somewhat withdrawn when I met him. Being the youngest and smallest evasion and avoidance were his defenses. But, on Day 3 we connected. He looked into my eyes and saw me for what seemed like the first time. After that we were a team and he did every new task I asked of him ending with the obstacle course and trailer loading. What a Superstar! I will miss him for a few days but my heart is very full knowing that he has a good solid start and is now very adoptable.  

For me…I can no longer say I don’t want to be a horse trainer because I am one. Sometimes the loudest whispers come from the littlest beings…if we listen and treat the horse with respect we have influenced them and therefore have added something to their training.

Sleep well, little Echo with the big heart. I will say a prayer of hope and protection for you and your sweet herd every night and will send thoughts for your Forever home to find you.

Hear the whispers…….”


Lauren Munger

Reach Out to Horses   Trust ~ Partnership ~ Results

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