In Partnership with Horses as Healers

Equine Facilitated Learning or Equine Facilitated Therapy is a vast ocean of nuances and subtleties. What means something to one person might be misinterpreted or completely misunderstood by another. We can’t really assess a horse to see if they would be as a therapy horse and Anna Twinney (founder of Reach Out to Horses and life coach for over 30 years) explains why in this lecture at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. She also goes into how we can support our therapy and coaching horses to make sure that the exchange is not a one-way transaction of them only supporting us.

To purchase Anna’s DVD set: In Partnership with Horses as our coaches, healers, messengers, and teachers, go here: Take me to the DVD

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For more videos from Total Integration Tv, go to Ti-Tv.tv or, visit Dr. Vickie Wickhorst’s page at ColoradoSageLearningCenter.com for more on Quantum Healing and Health!

Reiki, Horses, and the Art of Listening

By Rose O’Connor

            The horse is gentle, instinctive, grounded, strong, swift, and knowing. When we work with a horse, we ask him/her to listen to our language, often through the use of our voice, our legs, and sometimes with whips or spurs. We usually have an agenda, whether it be training, teaching, or even trail riding. Yet how often do we truly stop to just listen, to hear what they have to say, to learn a language that is as old as time?

This past spring, I was fortunate enough to attend an Energy Healing for horses workshop conducted by Anna Twinney of Reach out to Horses, LLC.  I spent many years in a career with horses, and have since moved on to teach and give Reiki.  Taking this workshop would mean a chance to combine the two; a love for horses and a love for Reiki healing.  Little did I know how much I would receive, from both Anna and the horses. The experience is still resonating within me, months later, for it was there, under Anna’s guidance, that I began to learn to listen to horses on a deeper level than I knew existed.

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Anna Twinney has been instrumental in the promotion and development of the natural horsemanship movement.  While her love of horses began in childhood, her direction became evident after spending one year at Flags Up Farms in California, a ranch owned by Monty Roberts.   Anna gave up her career in England as a police officer to work full-time for the Monty Roberts International Learning Center, where she also trained under her mentor, Crawford Hall[1]. There she became the first head instructor for the MRILC.  Anna became an integral part of the development team at Monty’s, and the originator of several of his courses.[2]

For two weekends, I had the privilege of watching and listening to Anna, first at the Denver Horse Expo and then at a workshop in Littleton, Colorado, which was held at Happy Dog Ranch, a non-profit facility that offers a home to horses, alpacas, sheep, dogs, and other rescue animals.  Happy Dog provides educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.[3] This workshop was called Energy Healing for Horses, but most of the participants were trained in Reiki.  After several full days of listening to Anna and working with her and the horses, I began to fully understand the measure of her mission in life.  Her Divine purpose is to give horses a voice. Anna is an internationally acclaimed natural horsemanship clinician and trainer, and an animal communicator. She is also an Usui/Holy Fire and Karen® Reiki Master with many years of experience giving Reiki to horses and teaching others to do the same.

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Reiki, pronounced Ray key, is a method of healing energy that reduces stress and promotes healing, both for animals and their humans.  A Reiki practitioner has been trained and attuned to the energy of Reiki, which then flows naturally through the palms of the hands. Reiki can never do harm and is very gentle, yet powerfully effective. Reiki reduces stress, alleviates pain, speeds up the natural healing process, helps heal emotional wounds and relieves anxiety, all of which can be useful for the horse. It can also help animals in transition.  Reiki is used in over 800 hospitals in America and its use is growing exponentially around the world.[4]

When offering Reiki to the horse, Anna explains, we are merely the servants of the horse, just as we are servants of Reiki. We are the conduit for the energy.  And in order to be that conduit, we must allow our ego and personality to step aside in order to give way to the horse’s voice. He or she cannot speak to us in the same way another human can, and we cannot hear him/her with just our ears. We must learn to listen with all of our senses, and feel from our hearts, because the horse’s language comes from their heart. Their language is clear and purposeful and rich. It is quite possibly more sophisticated than our own.

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Before we go outside to have our first encounter with a horse and do chakra balancing, I strengthen my light with Reiki.  I bring Reiki into my heartspace and set an intention for clear communication and pure Reiki to flow through me for the remainder of this day. Many of the other students in this class have just finished Reiki Level I and II with Anna over the previous two days, and they bring much enthusiasm to sharing this newfound gift with the horses.

But first we must learn to dance. As Anna explains, when offering Reiki to a horse, the horse is the one choreographing and leading the dance, and we must learn to follow.  The language of the horse is visual, it is energetic, and it is spoken through body language. We must learn to see as the horse sees; to be visually aware of every nuance from him and from his surroundings. We must open energetically to sense what is happening to the horse and to the space around us. And we must learn to read the horse’s body language, which can be as soft as the whisper or as loud as the shout.

Introductions      

          Our conversation with the horse begins as soon as we arrive and set our intention for working with the animals. They know we are here before we even walk out to the paddock area to put halters on. As we engage with them initially, it is appropriate to introduce ourselves to the animal we will be working with that day and give him or her a few strokes in greeting. The first horse I was to work with was already waiting at the gate.  We locked eyes and the connection was immediate.  Even though many of us have been around horses for a long time, Anna brings alive a sense, an inner knowing, that there is much more here for us to discern than we’ve ever imagined.  My horse’s name was Kiwi, a bay gelding, and my partner for the Chakra Balancing work was Tom from California.

Kiwi, Tom and I were the first to arrive at the outdoor arena. We were waiting for instruction from Anna to begin, but Kiwi had other ideas. She began to gently nudge my hands, not looking for a treat, but feeling the Reiki energy and letting me know she was ready for Reiki right now! She seemed to be saying, “What’s the holdup?”

Always ask permission

            When giving Reiki to humans, we must always ask permission. The same is true with the horse, but in this case, we must ask permission both from the owner and from the horse themselves. In this case, we already had the permission from the owner of Happy Dog Ranch, and so now it was up to us to ask Kiwi’s permission.

My partner Tom and I began, as instructed by Anna, by introducing ourselves, and asking Kiwi, by name, if he would like to receive Reiki today.  We held out our hands, palms down, and allowed Reiki to flow through. Then our immediate job was to observe what Kiwi did, both energetically, visually and through body language. If he turned or walked away that would probably be a no, but not always. The conversation is ongoing and subtle. He might need a few moments to think it over before he decides either way. If he licked and smelled our hands, or if he stepped forward or put his weight on his left leg, we could read that as an initial yes for Reiki. Yet, unlike us humans who often live in our heads, horses live in the present moment, so when he says yes, it means yes for right now, but in ten minutes, he might be saying no.  This teaches us to hone our senses and our intuition, which is guided by Reiki, and stay connected to the moment at hand.  If we aren’t sure it’s a yes or no, we can use the Sway test, a simple form of muscle testing that will allow us to speak to Kiwi’s higher Self.

The Sway Test

  1. Plant your feet firmly. Be sure you are on level ground.
  2. Imagine that you are growing roots that extend from the bottom of your feet down into the earth.
  3. Clear your mind, take a deep breath, and ask the Higher Self of the horse if they would like Reiki (or healing energy if you are not attuned to Reiki).
  4. After a moment or two, your body will distinctly move either forward or backwards. Forward is a yes; backwards is a no.
  5. If you don’t move, reconnect and try again. Usually you will get a clear answer almost immediately.

When using the sway test, your muscles will automatically react.

Chakras

Tom and I observed that Kiwi stepped forward with her left leg, smelled our hands, and gave us both a yes on the sway test.  Our next job was to check the chakras. As with humans, horses have seven major chakras that run along their spine and an eighth, the brachial chakra, runs along the horse’s scapula to the point of shoulder. Chakras are spinning wheels or vortexes of energy that “are organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies.”[5]  We are all made of energy and this energy can sometimes become blocked or stagnant in certain areas, which can cause pain or dysfunction. Chakras interact with the body’s nervous system and endocrine system.[6]  If a horse is holding something physically or emotionally in their body, it can and will affect their health, attitude, performance, and wellbeing.

Anna has guided us to check the chakras on our horse using a pendulum, which in this case is a crystal  attached to a small chain. We hold the end of the chain and place the pendulum over the horse’s chakra. When the pendulum comes into contact with the chakra, it tends to spin, because the chakra itself is spinning or swirling and the pendulum will follow the flow of energy.[7]  The pendulum responds to the electromagnetic frequency of the chakra, so if the chakra is open, the pendulum will swing freely in a clockwise direction.[8]

Anna teaches us three methods of testing the chakras with our pendulum.We can hold the pendulum directly over the horse’s chakras, if this method is available to us. The second method is to hold our own hand over each chakra, with the pendulum in the other hand.  The third method of checking the horse’s chakras is a more intuitive method but equally as effective. It involves holding the pendulum over your own hand and asking the horse’s Higher Self to show you each chakra’s movement. Tom and I tested all three methods of checking the chakras and found most of Kiwi’s chakras open, though the third eye was less open and Tom was guided to work on Kiwi’s solar plexus chakra (see diagram).

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Location of the chakras on a horse

We took turns offering Reiki to Kiwi, while the other person held him loosely. Kiwi was, as Anna pointed out later, very subtle in his responses but no pushover.  He moved forward to show Tom he wanted Reiki near his solar plexus chakra. When I placed one hand over his heart chakra at the wither and slid my other hand toward the middle of his chest, the second heart point, he stood quietly for a few minutes, then showed me by turning his head toward me that he preferred my front hand on his brachial chakra instead of his chest. Kiwi settled in for Reiki in this area, seeming as though he could stay all day, but just as I’d had this thought, he shifted his weight and moved away to let me know he was finished, at least for the moment.

Anna tells us that sometimes horses need a break. They may take hands on Reiki for a few minutes, then want to move, only to return for more.  Or sometimes at the beginning of a session it just takes the horse a few minutes to settle into the treatment. Kiwi showed us some of the registers that he was accepting Reiki; his ears were at half mast, he licked and chewed, his eyes became half closed and his breathing changed.

What IS a Reiki Register? 

Registers are movements, or actions the horse makes that tells us that we are connecting with them in a positive way.  They are the way the horse speaks to us. These registers act as responders to our treatment and let us know that the horse is enjoying the treatment.  Signs that the horse is finished or that the energy may be too intense in one area can include things like turning their head towards you, nipping at your sleeve, walking away, pinning the ears or swishing their tail, trying to kick, moving away from your touch, or even more intense reactions, if we aren’t paying attention.  If we miss the whisper we may get the shout!  We need to be mindful when working with any animal that our antenna is tuned to a different station than usual.  If we wish to work with them and understand their language, the language of love, we must be aware of the world as it appears through their eyes.

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The following list contains many of these registers that let us know that the horse is receiving, processing and accepting Reiki.

  1. Ears half mast
  2. Eyes: half closed, glazed, softening of the eyes
  3. Nostrils slightly flared but relaxed
  4. Mouth relaxed; lower lip drooping down
  5. Licking chewing, sighing, blowing through nose
  6. Head dropping forward
  7. Weight on left leg in front
  8. Skin softening
  9. More gut sounds than usual; deeper breathing
  10. One hip dropped and toe rolled over
  11. Soft tail; passing gas
  12. Gelding or stallion may drop

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Bringing our session to a close

          We finish this session with the Bladder sweep. We must remain mindful that all parts of this session are being orchestrated by the horse, so we can do the sway test to ask the horse if he wants the bladder sweep, or read his body language and visual signs. We don’t impose anything on the horse with Reiki; we ask and we listen. In this listening process, we will be switching out of our role as trainers. While we don’t want to get ourselves into trouble or allow the horse to hurt us or someone else, we are now asking the horse to speak to us. So if, for example, a horse reaches around and nips you on the elbow when you are giving Reiki on his shoulder, this is not the time to yell or smack or otherwise correct him. Reiki energy can be quite intense for a horse, and he may be telling you he doesn’t like it there, or it is too much for him. If we ask the horse to communicate with us and then correct him when he does so, we are shutting down the communication and the healing. By all means move out of the way and do not get hurt, but as Anna tells us, this is exactly why we must learn to hear the whisper, so that the horse does not have to shout to get our attention.  This subtle language is an art that Anna has mastered over many years of listening, and it is truly a fascinating journey.

The bladder sweep begins at the third eye chakra, keeping both the hands together, lightly sweeping over the top of the horse’s poll all along his spine to his rump and down his back leg to his fetlock. The bladder sweep runs along the bladder meridian and acts as a way of connecting the energy of the horse’s body at the end of the session, as well as smoothing the aura. (a picture of the bladder sweep would be nice here).

          Just like the rest of our session is up to the horse, the time to end the session is up to him/her also. As we work with the animal, we continue to check in with the sway test periodically to ask if they want more Reiki or if they are finished with Reiki healing at this time.  We never want to assume that we know more than the horse. He/she is the ultimate judge of what is best for them in terms of Reiki energy. We ask, we watch, we listen.

Anna explains that once we start to give a horse Reiki, we better be prepared to continue giving it, no matter how long the session may last. It may be ten minutes or it may be two hours, yet once we’ve entered into this Reiki agreement with a horse, we are bound to stay until the horse is finished.  As long as the horse is giving us registers, signs of activity that they are loving the energy there, we stay as long as they ask for it.

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Horses can teach us so much about ourselves through sharing energy healing with them. They teach us about unconditional love in its purest form. In part two of this article,  the Love Lessons and the full treatment, I will share more of the magic that unfolded in our Reiki for Horses class with Anna Twinney.

Most of this article was first published in the 2015 Summer and Fall issues of the Reiki News Magazine.”

My info:  Rose O’Connor, Usui/ Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki Master teacher, offering classes in PA, Colorado and England.  Phone: 484-318-9380, email: rose@rockymountainreiki.com,  website: www.rockymountainreiki.com

[1] Twinney, Anna; “Reach out to horses”; http://www.reachouttohorses.com/background.html#crawford; accessed 4/14/15

[2] Twinney, Anna; “Reach out to horses”; http://www.reachouttohorses.com/background.html#anna; accessed 4/14/15

[3] Happy Dog Ranch Foundation, Inc.; http://www.happydogranch.org; accessed 4/6/15

[4]  http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org; accessed 6/16/15

[5]Judith, Anodea. Wheels of Life, 2014.

[6] Pope, Timothy. http://www.healingfromtheheart.co.uk/69701.html, accessed 6/21/15

[7] Quest, Penelope. Self Healing with Reiki, 2003, pp.46

[8] Dale, Cyndi. Advanced Chakra Healing, 2005, pp. 186

This Spring, Anna heads across the big blue ocean for adventures in Horsemanship and Animal Communication in Europe!

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3 Days of Connection and Communication

Friday 26th April: Animals as our Spirit Guides with Life and Love Lessons
*Life lessons through animal communication:
*Life lessons from the wild ones
*Life lessons from the horses (long distance communication)
*Life lessons from your own animals (long distance communication)

Sat 27th April:
What your horses want you to know; Animal Communication & Natural Horsemanship in aid of behavioral changes

*Group Session – What your horse wants you to know; a voice from the horses & Natural Horsemanship
*Group Session – What the Horse wants us to know/Problem solving
*NH demonstration
*Group session – straight from the horses mouth/NH demonstration
*A selection of problems brought to the day for resolution through AC & NH application/in action

Sat 28th April: ROTH Life Path Coaching – Liberty, Language and Life Lessons.

*The secret and silent language of the horse in action for life coaching

For more information and to register contact: Amanda
07815318866
amanda@inharmonywithhorses.co.uk

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What’s in a Holistic Horse Day, you ask?

Experience the Next Generation of Horsemanship & Horse Care!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, Anna will introduce you to the very same techniques that Anna has used to build genuine, trust-based partnerships with thousands of horses.

How are these methodologies different? Why do we call them the next generation of horsemanship? Simple:
The ROTH Methodology is not a training program. The foundation of ROTH, as designed by Equine Behaviorist, Anna Twinney, is communication; the true language of all horses. By giving your horse a real voice, understanding them and being with them as individuals, you will uncover, not a horse, but an individual and a partner.

Here’s what you will explore in this full-day event:
Part I – “De-Mystify the Round Pen”: Round pen work isn’t “chasing a horse around a pen!” When used correctly, the round pen can be extremely effective in communicating with, training, and learning about your horse. You will experience a language that goes beyond bodily gestures, and create a lexicon that can be used in and out of the Round Pen.
Create the ultimate foundation with your horse
Learn the importance of herd dynamics & behavior
Develop a 2-way communication system
Understand how horses perceive your actions
Discover what is actually happening in the Round Pen
Determine when the Round Pen is NOT the right tool

Part II – “Muscle Testing”: Explore this easy to learn and use tool to identify what your horse needs to be happy, healthy, and whole.
Explore the body, mind, spirit connection
Get direct feedback from your body – the body does not lie!
Test your horse for any supplement, feed, or possible deficiency
Learn how to address energy blocks
Discover how your thoughts, limitations & beliefs affect your life

Part III – “Animal Communication”: Are you ready to take your communication beyond body language and training cues? Then it is time to discover the world of Inter-species Communication and explore a whole new relationship with your horse.
Experience your ability to connect with another being
Learn the reasons behind behavioral issues & how to solve them
Hear an evidence-and-validation-based perspective
Understand your animal’s perspective on situations
Discover what you are actually telling (or not telling) your horse
…and so much more!
The Holistic Horse Day will change the way you see your horse, your horsemanship, and the world!

Take Your Partnership with Your Horse to a Whole New Level!
You can stay for JUST the Holistic Horse Day, or, you can count it as the first day of your Five Day Equine Experience and finish out the rest of the week educated and informed!

Location: Kassel Niestetal, Gut Ellenbach, Germany
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For more information on Anna’s Events in Germany, or to register, contact: Will Grebe at
wilfried.grebe@kersting-online.de

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Language, Liberty, and Life Lessons

Day 1: Holistic Horse Day: See above for details on the full Holistic Horse Day
Day 2: Intuitive Enhancement: What is intuition and how can we use it in regards to connecting to and working with our horses.
Day 3: Language and Liberty: How can we “talk” with our horses applying what we learned with Intuition AND Body language?
Day 4: Animal Communication: Experience the phenomenon inherent to us all that allows us to really understand our animals.
Day 5: What our horses want us to know: After the last 4 days you might wonder how there could be anything else your horse would want you to know, oh but there IS! Come find out on Day 5!

Location: Kassel Niestetal, Gut Ellenbach, Germany
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For more information on Anna’s Events in Germany, or to register, contact: Will Grebe at
wilfried.grebe@kersting-online.de

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Explore your innate ability to connect and communicate with all of life, telepathically. Join Anna for the two-day introduction or stay on for the FULL 6 days of Animal Communication. The animals are talking. Are YOU listening?

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For more Information on Anna’s Clinics in Denmark, or to Register,

Contact Regina Flittner
reginahf@godmail.dk

Is Animal Communication your Flight of Fancy?

During Anna’s European events, she will delve into the worlds of live and long-distance Animal Communication to show you that communication isn’t only verbal or in person; it can, in fact, be energetic – crossing all boundaries of time and distance. Not only that, she will show YOU how to connect and to begin to get the information to which you wish you had access.  Don’t think you can connect?  Worried you will never be able to hear them?  Anna has taught thousands of people across the globe to learn to tune-in to their natural, inherent connection with all life.

A Beautiful Partnership

Most often, Anna takes her clinics and courses to rescues and sanctuaries in order to help the horses who have yet to find their forever homes achieve a greater opportunity to do so.  One rescue with whom we have worked for many, many years here in Colorado is Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton.  Zuma’s has been our host for Colt Starting, the Holistic Horse Course, the ROTH Trainer’s Exams and our Trainer’s Demo Day, Reiki for Horses, Animal Communication, and a number of other events from speaking engagements and fund raisers, to one-day clinics.

Zuma’s embodies the mission that drives Anna and ROTH to keep reaching out, to keep healing, and to keep helping.  We would like to thank Jodi, Paul, and all the staff at Zuma’s, inlcuding Liz Cotrell and our own ROTH Trainer in Training, Carmen Brander.  We salute the work you do each day in the lives of so many to rest them, rehabilitate them, and to reignite the love of life and the possibility for connection between all animals and people.  Thanks for all you do.

Yet to come this year at Zuma’s is the Weekend of Animal Communication with RMSAAM, Part III of our Holistic Horse Course, and Reiki Healing for Horses, in addition to our Sunday talks with ROTH Trainers.  For details and to register, please visit our events calendar here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/events.html

Anna’s FREE Webinar Series Returns in 2019 for an Entirely New Beginning!

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We are excited to announce our annual FREE Webinar series with Anna Twinney and some special Reach Out to Horses guests! We are starting off the year with some amazing folks to share in some incredible, important, and inspiring conversation.

We will be talking about the potential of self-care and supplementation for you and your animal companions, the practical side of animal communication, the power of essential oils, and the possibilities of transformational horsemanship. You will also have the chance to ask Anna and her guests your questions live in each episode.

As always there is no catch and no cost to join us and we pack each webinar with a ton of valuable content. Just click on the button below and register for the full series. When we get closer to the date of the first webinar we will send you an email with all the details you need to join us. You can participate by phone or computer.

We wish you a blessed 2019 and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy New Year,

Anna and the ROTH team

2019 FREE Reach Out to Horses Webinar Series

January 8th – Dynamite Self-Care and Health
with Special Guests Dynamite Gold Director, Dr. Regan Golob and Dynamite Founder Jim Zamzow

Topics include:

Self-Care with Dynamite and other needs
Care for all our animal companions
The Dynamite difference
An Introduction to Doc Golob’s Moving in Miracles for the Health of It

January 15th – Practical Applications of Animal Communication

Topics Include:

Hearing your own companions
Common ways the animals can be misunderstood
Saving lives by learning to listen and understand the nuances
Improving relationships, and responsibilities
Seeing into the mirror – How animals become our stewards and saviors

January 22nd – Essential Oils and New Beginnings
with Special Guest, Founder of Healing Touch for Animals,
Carol Komitor

Topics Include:

Using Oils to support your companion’s health and wellbeing
Building stronger bonds
Focusing on self-care – relieve stress & rejuvenate
Setting intentions
Becoming a manifesting magnet

January 29th, Natural Horsemanship: Transformational Horsemanship.

Topics Include:

Why horses act a certain way
What your horse is trying to tell you
The silent and secret language
Where and how do we begin our partnership
The next generation of horsemanship
Introducing our 2019 Online Program!

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Anna in the news… The Horse’s Hoof October Issue 2018!

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Handling Common Herd Dynamics

No matter age, color, breed, size, sex and appearance, place a herd of horses together and you will witness the dynamics unfold before your eyes.   Within moments horses become extremely “vocal” discovering their ranking, displayed clearly by who moves who’s feet.  From subtleties such as a glance, ear motion or energy shift, through to bold moves that include a charge, bite, kick and squeal!

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Horses can be born into leadership positions, groomed by their parents over time to become all they can be, displaying a passive form of leadership, while others fight their way to the top, bringing forth a dominant style of leadership.

One misconception is that alpha mares rule through dominance, and yet all too often they lead by a strong example of simply “being”, observing all and only acting when need be.  It’s the second in command, known as the dominant mare, who ensures much of the discipline is enforced and displays her emotions freely.

Within every herd there are very specific roles to secure a safe and harmonious environment, coupled with individual personalities and life’s imprint, herds bring forth colorful observations.

Remove unrealistic expectations and realize that our human behavior is equally reflected in our horses.  As we find loners and socialites, we find them in the horse world too. Those seeking adventure balance those seeking a simple life and there are natural born leaders together with followers.

Imagine a classroom of juveniles ruling themselves, or adolescents without parental guidance…where would this lead?   The very same place it would take the foals who find themselves orphaned and the yearlings unsupervised frolicking freely; often in a misguided place causing future behavioral challenges or social ineptitude.   Elders carry wisdom for those venturing into uncharted territory.

While we see wild horses gather cordially during daily water hole rituals, put isolated un-socialized stallions together, and you may find yourself faced with extreme violence and potential loss of life.  These are the extreme horse handling situations experienced over the years.

It would be remiss of us not to consider our horses’ environment, as space is a distinctive concern.  Behavior is often accentuated in small enclosures and of utmost importance for health and wellbeing.  Movement is a must.  And while horses are natural-born grazers, the presence of food influences all horse behavior.  Fighting often occurs when there is a lack – remove the lack and a more harmonious feel ensues.  Means is a strong motivator and where space is absent, slow-feeders take precedence.

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Another behavior consideration is the direct reflection of good or poor training techniques:

*          Inappropriate foal over-handling             =   crowding & unsuitable behavior/habits

*          Lack of socializing                                               =   social ineptness

*          Lack of knowledge and lack of boundaries    =  special boundaries and aggressive tendencies

*          Incorrect hand-feeding                                    =   crowding, mugging and biting

*          Stall-bound                                                        =   pent-up energy, vices/habits, physical issues, lack of socializing & often dangerous behavior

*          Stressful environment                                    =   vices/habits/emotional, mental and physical issues

*          Fear-based training                                         =   displacement/depression and aggressive tendencies

If you and your horses are happy and healthy, make no change.  However, if you feel concerned and your horses have incurred physical injuries, it’s time to make change and review your horse-keeping.  Take time to review your habits and patterns to find an all-around better solution.

IF Your Horse(s)

  • Has been moved recently…try accommodating for this time of transition and be the support he needs during this adjustment period.
  • Is not accepted in the herd…evaluate his personality, role, past and current mental, emotional and physical health…try building him up (through physical & complimentary therapies and nutritional support)
  • Are not worriers or performance horses and keep you to a schedule by kicking stall doors or containers…try simply changing the feeding times.
  • Are crowding the gate…try training them to take a step back and create the safe entrance space or organize feeders from the outside of the paddocks for your own safety.
  • Has a sudden behavior change…try exploring all recent changes to determine the cause and have him checked physically.
  • Does not want to be caught…try to discover the true cause of this behavior be it pain related, ill-fitting tack, your relationship, his activities/discipline, simply a lack of motivation and energy or his strong desire to be with his family herd.
  • Is classed as herd bound…try building a stronger partnership together through a trust-based connection while discovering his motivation.

 

A happy horse = happy human = happy trails

Make this year’s recipe all and more you had hoped for.

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About the author: Anna Twinney is a Natural Horsemanship Trainer, certified animal communicator and Reiki Master. She is unique in her field, as she solely works in the horses’ own language.  Anna became the only person ever to be entrusted with the title of Head Instructor at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in
California. Exploring the “language of Equus” in its rawest form, Anna gentled mustangs in CA for 2 years before becoming the founder of the Reach Out to Horses® program. Her expertise is sought worldwide as she conducts classes and clinics to educate people & horses on gentle communication techniques while showing them how to have a true trust-based relationship. Anna has been featured on TV nationally & internationally and writes for equine magazines. She is not only one of the world’s leading teachers, but her interest in the “Language of Equus” has led her to focus increasingly on the power of animal communication to strengthen and deepen our relationships with all species. For more information visit: http://www.reachouttohorses.com.

We would like to thank Yvonne Welz, Editor of The Horse’s Hoof, for all she does on behalf of the horses and their people.  Truly an advocate of what is Natural and Holistic, Yvonne and her publication are a beacon to innumerable horse people who are looking for a better way!  Yvonne, we salute you!