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