Let us show you how to create a bond that can’t be broken.
Over the course of 7 days, Anna will introduce you to her unique and comprehensive foal gentling methodologies. Through gentle, compassionate, and supportive communication, you will discover how to quickly and effectively introduce foals to the world of humans, training, and even their own language. These techniques are also very effective for untouched and spooky horses, and to help solve the most frustrating behavioral issues with all your horses.
You will learn (and put to use) the same uniquely designed and tested program that Anna, herself, has developed and used to start hundreds of foals!
Gentling foals can be some of the most important and rewarding work you will ever do. In this case, your efforts are even more critical. The foals we work with in this event are untrained and rescued. So in addition to getting world-class, groundbreaking training, you are helping these innocent, rescued souls. You are giving them a loving, heart-filled introduction to the human-horse connection, and gaining a solid foundation that will help them in their lives. You are also helping them to gain a greater possibility of being adopted, and a second-chance at a life they deserve to live.
I Want to Learn More About Foal Gentling
Each year I travel to the U.S. to continue my studies in Holistic Horsemanship with Reach Out to Horses. This month I completed the ‘Foal Gentling’ course in Sherwood, Oregon at Wild Horse Mountain Ranch. The 10 tribal foals we were partnered with had been separated from their moms and orphaned; they are only 4 months old. Luckily they were rescued by the Warm Springs Horse Network and given a second chance, PTL!
I was paired with the littlest baby of the group, a sensitive boy who showed us very quickly how big his heart is and how brave he is. By day 3, I realized that I wasn’t over there just to learn about foals and the language of the horse but to meet a soul mate and help him live the life he envisions for himself. With the guidance of my mentors and a mind-blowing offer from an awesome lady, it became possible for me to adopt the little boy I worked with, Atlantis.
The awesome lady, Melody (who took on 3 other foals as well!!!), will be taking Atlantis and his friends home to live with her. This means driving them from Oregon to the East Coast i.e. across the whole of America. This will cost at least $500 per foal, not to mention their vet bills for health certificates to cross State lines. Once Atlantis has healed and grown a bit more, he will get to decide if he wants to come live with us in England (yes, he has a choice;)).
I signed up for the ROTH Foal Gentling Course after unexpectedly losing my beloved Clydesdale, Aramis. I had hoped to honor his memory and find a little bit of peace and healing. I certainly didn’t expect to feel an immediate bond with one of the foals! That first morning when I stood at the gate, watching the foals, the little liver chestnut picked up his head and stared right at me. I felt an instant connection, the same I had felt with Aramis. Then Anna chose him as my foal, the one with whom I would work for the week. I couldn’t believe it. By the second day of working with Quincy, I knew he was meant for me. I truly believe that Aramis guided me to the training so that Quincy and I could find each other. Aramis knew Quincy needed me and I needed him. The choice to bring home the Cremello girl, Ilse, happened gradually. I was so impressed with her gentle, steady nature and her intelligence. After listening to Anna’s stories of horses that didn’t have the right companionship growing up and how it affected them, I knew Quincy needed a friend. I felt Ilse would be a wonderful choice because her steady, quiet confidence would help Quincy find his. They make a wonderful pair. Ilse doesn’t push Quincy around and already Quincy looks to her when something makes him nervous. I feel so blessed to have connected with these two gentle souls and I look forward to many years of love, partnership, and companionship with them.
Quincy was the youngest of the 10 foals that participated in the ROTH gentling class. He is a beautiful liver chestnut with a white star and two white hind feet. He is curious and alert. He likes to watch what everyone is doing around him and is very playful. He will try to play with anything new you bring into his pen. He doesn’t spook easily but does lack confidence sometimes. His “sister” is helping with that.
Ilse is a beautiful Cremello with light blue eyes. She is built like a little tank and has the most amazing mohawk. She is calm, steady, confident, and intelligent. She learns incredibly fast and seems unflappable. She is patient with Quincy and his antics. She is very mature for her age.
For all the videos of the Foals Course and more, go to our You Tube Channel and Discover why ROTH stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to gentle, compassionate, horsemanship: Go to the Reach Out to Horses You Tube Channel
Dear Friends of PMR (Pregnant Mare Rescue),
The update is as accurate as I can provide and it isn’t pretty. It is an enormous overwhelming task trying to pull and get to safety JUST the mares in foal, and babies that have just lost their mothers. It is heartbreaking, expensive, and can feel very defeating if not for the community of people like you!
The trappers have finished pulling in the horses, and have given potential ‘purchasers’ Sunday to PHYSICALLY be present to pick up your ‘paid for saves’. Yes, it’s harsh, yes, it’s frustrating, Yes, it happens way to fast with hardly any notice….Ugh…welcome to rescue on the front lines. There are many pregnant mares and soon to be orphaned foals by this Sunday (This means they expect the mares to foal in the next 30 hours and will throw them onto the truck headed for slaughter, and let rescuers keep the babies.) Why can’t we keep the mares too? Room…we need trailers to pick up mares and their newborns. We need funds to pay the ‘meat price’. Babies are a by-product, and a person can fit 6-8 babies in one trailer…This is why the mares lose..Brand new moms never even getting to know their babies.
If you are EAST of The Dakotas and want to help, Call Sarah Robinson (701) 580-5960. She may be able to pick up and lay over horses until you can get to her…or hire help to pick them up.
These horses are located outside Yakima, Washington. They are culled from native american herds, they are small horses, mostly bay, chesnut and greys. If you can drive to pick up…(outside Yakima Washington State) then please call:
Helen Ardire 360 432-3484. She has details. PLEASE only call if you can be certain you are going to be of help:) Perhaps she can recommend haulers to bring horses to you.
We believe in our hearts that every mare in foal deserves to become a mother. We believe that every action taken, every effort made to help these lives is a worthwhile cause.
I hope you can help these lives in the balance.
Thank you for reading, thank you for caring ~ Foaling season is brutal.
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Below: Carolina during her interview and new addition to her family, Keanu, listening in.
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I’ve always known my herd was not yet complete. When my mare, Promise, was pregnant I felt very strongly she was having twins. (Luckily for us both, I was wrong!) I considered naming her foal, Eclipse, but when the foal came it was clear her name was Journey.
Fast forward 4.5 months. I had a huge intuitive hit that I needed to pay attention to the ROTH Foal Gentling clinic being held by Anna Twinney in Bend, OR, in partnership with Warm Springs Horse Alliance who rescues native foals from the Warm Springs tribal land, for which I have a strong affinity. Perhaps in one of my many trips over the mountain where I greet the horses as part of ritual each time, I saw he and his herd roaming free before they were rounded up. This part I will never know.
When they named him Eclipse I just knew. That deep in your soul “YES” that won’t let go… The same feeling I had about Promise. The same feeling I had so many years ago with Legacy.
Eclipse is 4 months old just like Journey. Twins, sort of. I knew I had a feeling and I was right. The Universe just planned it far more perfectly. It always does.