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!

 

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Atlantis is adopted, but not home just yet!

 

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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;)).

Kindly,

Romy K.

Nichole Brings Home Two Babies of Her Own After a Heartbreak and Loss

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.

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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

Tribute to a Lifetime Horsewoman

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Judy Sinner, a lifetime horsewoman, started with a pony at age 6 (named Spotty, of course!), graduated to Quarter Horses, drill team and barrel racing, then to Arabian show horses at age 16. She was named Canadian National Junior Exhibitor Champion at the Canadian Arabian National Show in 1965 and 1966 and showed her first Top Ten halter horse at age 17 in 1965.

She began training professionally by age 18, and her Vallicrest Farm has bred, raised and/or trained 2 National Champions, 2 Scottsdale Champions, several Legion of Merit Champions, many Regional, Pacific Slope and Class A winning horses.

Besides showing, she survived many impromptu bareback races thru the apple orchards and asparagus fields of the Yakima Valley with her posse of other horse-loving kids.   She also survived swimming horses in the irrigation canals, teaching them to pull bobsleds while harnessed in bitting rigs (you make do with what you have when you are a kid), standing 4 champion Arab stallions over the years, boarding, instructing, countless foaling seasons, starting young horses, and helping at the race track.

Judy began with Dynamite in 1982 as one of the original Distributors. She was asked to be Corporate Communications Director in 1986, and she served in that capacity for 17 years as the company took its place as a major force in the supplement industry.  Since 2003, she generated her own Synergy newsletter and training information for her downline Distributors and customers, was the primary contributor and Forum moderator for DynamiteOnline.com, a Distributor community and training website, and assisted as needed with the corporate newsletter and conferences.  She and her fellow Gold Executive Director, Dr. Regan Golob, have co-produced educational CD’s including Dynamite Products Review, Feeding Boo Boo’s for Horses and Feeding Boo Boo’s for Humans, and they also co-taught a seminar on equine kinesiology and reflex points plus energy balancing, Things Your Horse Would Love to Tell You, all over the US and into Canada.

When Judy was not “on the road” for Dynamite, she could be found in front of the computer screen, with the phone glued to her left ear, answering endless questions (mostly cheerfully) about Dynamite products and brainstorming with Distributors and customers about their challenges with animals and personal health.

For her, life was an endless epiphany, with new revelations coming daily, and she felt privileged and humbled to be able to share the information that assisted us all to wellness.

In Gratitude, Students Share…

Students who attended Anna’s recent events at 13 Hands Rescue and Half Halt Farms reached out to share their joy and gratitude with Anna for all she does for the horses and their people….

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“We could not absorb Anna’s gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration fast enough! We are full of hope, dreams, and renewal after our weekend.  I wish everyone could experience Anna! She has so much to offer. Our 2 day clinic will help our volunteers help our horses in so many ways.  Thank you, Anna.”

~Marylou T.

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“Extremely powerful and paradigm-shifting experience. Anna has a unique gift and helps you tap into yours. I am a professor and taught the best class of my career the week following our clinic with Anna. I was connected in a way I never have been before. Everything clicked. Thank you, Anna.”

~Glenn A.

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“I just want to say how much we have all been changed by your magnificent Anna.  She is awesome, amazing, knowledgeable, supportive, honest, gracious… I could go on but think you get it. Every attendee feels the same way.”

~Jacki Z.

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“The two -day exploration of collaborative horsemanship clinic with Anna Twinney was one of the best experiences of my life thus far. The clinic has left me with many wonderful memories that I will cherish for many years to come. Anna was amazing to watch as she worked with our rescue horses. She is a true horse whisperer. I was in awe of her knowledge, confidence, positive energy, compassion, and spirituality. I learned so many wonderful things and now look at these beautiful rescues somewhat differently than before, because I can somewhat understand their language now. I am truly humbled and incredibly grateful to have been a part of such a magical weekend. It is my hope that Anna will return next summer for another soul-filling, beautiful, and amazing horsemanship clinic.”

~Mary Ellen B.

“Thank you all for connecting after the event. It was a fabulous experience sharing our vulnerabilities, energy and love for the horses.

I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have met you all and to be able to learn from Anna.

Until we all meet again, many blessings, peace, joy and continuous great health.

And to Anna,

Thank you for all you do to teach mindful partnership with horses. I was able to audit one day at Half Halt but I have hopes to make the next clinic in NY with my horse, Destiny. It would be amazing to share this with her. Thanks again!”

~Angela R.

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“Dear Friends,

I hope you don’t mind me calling you that.  Not too long ago, for most of us, we were strangers on a group email with names we may not have recognized.  Thanks to Anna, we have come together. Our lives forever changed.  Memories created, raw emotions exposed, storied told, fears uncovered, sharing a forever and unexplained bond with each other and these beautiful and majestic creatures that we love so much.

Anna, thank you for your compassion, honesty, and adaptability to every single horse and handler.  You have a brilliant gift.  Your wisdom and guidance will never be forgotten.

Laura, you planned this event seamlessly.  Every detail was well-thought-out and communicated beautifully!  You are greatly appreciated.

In the words of one of my favorite country artists, “I’ll see you when I see you, and I hope it’s one day soon….”

All my love to all and much-continued success on this amazing journey!”

~ Nancy R.

 

 

“Dearest Anna,

I personally wanted to walk away this past weekend with “tools” to help me build both my and my horse’s confidence. What I got back so much more. Anna, your incredible insight and knowledge helped us all understand that we need to earn the trust of our horses. You offered each of us a bridge to connect with our horses’ hearts! I can’t thank you enough. Words just don’t convey the depth of our gratitude.

Looking forward to when our paths cross again.”

~ Carolyn C.

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We would like to thank all participants for joining us and the many horses for sharing their language with all of those curious and passionate enough to listen.  To our master teachers, we are grateful!

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The Original Reiki Healing for Horses

There is no place I would rather be than in the corral among the horses and healing energy. It is a place surrounded by mountains, nestled in the heart of the wild west, where horses receive healing and, in turn, heal human hearts. It is an energy so subtle it ignites the flame within, with an art that has worldwide recognition and acceptance. If you have felt the pull of destiny, now is the time to embrace your calling as the lightworker you were born be.

 

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Love Lessons to Heal the Heart and Soul

One of ROTH’s most popular retreats, Healing Horses at the Historic Bitterroot Ranch in Dubois, WY, came and went in early June.  Dubois is located in the niche below the intersection of two great mountain ranges: the volcanic Absarokas, spilling eastward from Yellowstone, and the southeastward-ranging Wind River Mountains, the tallest mountain range in Wyoming.  Students from across the US gathered amidst the peaks and the Wind River as they mingled with the horses, spending time within the herd, reading the horses’ energies, answering their requests for healing, and helping to interpret their registers.

One of the biggest hits of Anna’s Healing Horses classes is the Love Lessons. When we connect with the horse’s heart chakra, they can express emotion through us that they otherwise would not be able to.  Consequently, we can experience our own healing by being the channel for their emotional release.  Love begets love, and love lessons beget love lessons!

Here are some images from this year’s Healing Horses at the Bitterroot Ranch Retreat along with what our students had to share about their experience:

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Sue L. of NC

Learning the life-changing art of Reiki in their incredible, beautiful landscape was, quite simply, transformational.

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Donna P. of WV

Authentic connection and magical transformation – this was the result of my reiki experience with Anna Twinney.  Join the tribe/herd and let the magic begin!

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Happy S. of CO

Everyone told me this week would change my life…. They were right!  Everyday was life lessons learned, but the most amazing day was the day I gave Reiki to a young Arabian Stallion.  Life-changing!  He taught me so much about being present in the moment and listening!   I know when I get home my horses will thank him.  Blessings to Anna, all the members of my group, and the Bitterroot Ranch!

 

Elena D. of CO

The beauty of the retreat location was matched by the grace and intensity of the teachings.  I am confident I will be bringing back to my ranch a very useful and unique practice for my animals.

Sally W. of MA

What I loved best were the reiki Attunements, which, for me, were the most spiritual aspect of the retreat.  I also loved the opportunity to give Reiki love to the horses while they were in a corral.  (There were many more horses there than I could connect with!)  At one point I was surrounded by 5 horses all wanting Reiki love.

Marilyn S. of MN

To walk into a herd of 80-100 horses and have them choose you…what an exhilarating experience and I will not top that for awhile!  Giving to the horses is amazing!

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Richard J. of VA

From staff to clinician, everyone was extremely helpful and informative.  I will be able to use most of all the information in my present employment.  Thank you.

Sydney B. VA

If you ware feeling closed down in our modern world, in this clinic you will feel your heart grow at least 10 sizes BIGGER!  NO MORE GRINCH!  Great for all levels of experience.

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Stacey B. of MN

I came to Bitterroot Ranch with Anna here because I truly needed emotional, spiritual and physical healing.  I am so blessed that I got even more than I could have ever expected.  My advice to you would be to trust the flow of how Anna works – that’s what made my life lesson shine through.  The bond and friendship with all the others n the class is priceless.  I am truly healed and this experience has and will change my life forever.  Much love to all here: horses, dogs, staff, friends, others and Anna!

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The week began early for our Reiki Master students who arrived in advance for their Master Attunements and to access the new information they would be using out in the world as they begin their journeys as Master Healers.  From selecting oils for attunements to master healing sessions, truly a transformational experience was had by all…even by the curious onlookers.

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From our Reiki Master, Christine M. of wherever the wind takes her…

The idyllic setting of the Bitterroot Ranch added to the magic of this wonderful, week-long, experiential retreat.  Being immersed in nature and surrounded by beauty from the moment we stepped out of our gorgeous log cabins was an absolute joy.  Totally loved sharing Reiki with the lovely group of people on the retreat, energy healing with the horses and the spectacle of a 200 odd herd making their way up to higher pastures every evening.  The absolute highlight for me though was receiving the Reiki Master attunement with the energy of the elements all around us and the horses coming in to share their energy and healing as well.  It truly was a remarkable and magical experience.   Heartfelt thanks to Anna for creating this fabulous event.  Would do it again tomorrow!