Die, Pony, Die

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Images courtesy of the Nokota Horse Conservancy

Your action is requested!  Please see the end of the article for details.

DIE, PONY, DIE –

TRNP (Theodore Roosevelt National Park) Wild Horse Management Plan

For the last 40 years, Leo and Frank Kuntz have been involved in helping to preserve a historically genetic and threatened type of horse, the Nokota®, the horse of the Northern Plains natives. There are less than a thousand of this type of horse alive today.

This horse was a gift to the Plains natives from their creator. The horse pulled their travois, the buffalo horse was for hunting, and the most prized was the war horse, the fastest and strongest.

During the mid-1800s, policy was to destroy everything when the military took a village. Homes, clothing and food were burned and many of their horses were shot or their throats slit.

Even after the natives were put on reservations, the cavalry was sent in to round-up the native type horse under the premise they were carrying disease and either shoot them or sent them to auction.

This type of horse was in the TRNP when it was fenced in the early 1950s. Park policy then became total elimination of the horses in the Park. Box canyon type round-ups were attempted, with little success; hay was poisoned and fed; local ranchers were hired to rope some and others were shot.

Fortunately, some local residents and others asked ND congressional delegates in DC to help. The TRNP decided to keep the horses as a historical demonstration herd.

This all changed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. TRNP superintendent Harvey Wickware made the decision to change the geno- and phenotype of the wild horse herd. They introduced domestic studs (quarter horse, shire-cross, and an Arabian) who could not compete with the wild native studs to keep and maintain a mare band. So policy became the removal of the Native wild studs, allowing the introduced domestic studs to make an impact on the herd. They did this by using helicopters and outriders to roundup the wild horses. Their first attempt in the early 1980s was a total disaster. They lost a number of horses running long distances in the heat.

During subsequent roundups, the TRNP targeted the native type studs and lead mares. At the 1986 roundup, Leo and Frank Kuntz purchased 52 head at the TRNP wild horse auction. There they also met Castle McLaughlin, who at the time was working as an intern with the TRNP, and who in 1987 was given a grant to research the history of the wild horses in TRNP, which was funded in part by a grant from the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association. Dr. Castle McLaughlin is currently associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Her chronicled research showed that the wild horses in TRNP were descended from the Northern Plains natives and the turn of the century ranch horses, with strong historical connections to Sitting Bull and his sub chiefs, the Marquis deMores (founder of the town of Medora, ND), Theodore Roosevelt (rancher in western ND and US President), and AC Huidekoper (who ran the largest horse ranch in the world at one time near Amidon, ND). In the 1991 TRNP roundup, The Kuntz brothers were successful at getting the national park to start blood testing their horses and to take out the introduced domestic studs, but what the TRNP didn’t tell people was that most of the shire cross’ offspring were left in the Park. It was suggested that inbreeding could become a problem with the response being that they knew what they were doing.

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Blood work was done only on horses that were being sold. The TRNP sold 62 head of horses and the brothers bought 11 that were the old native type.

The blood was sent to Dr. Gus Cothran at the University of Kentucky. There were 10 horses he called TRNP old-line, adding that they were “extremely divergent” from any other domestic breed.

In 2009, the TRNP started using an experimental contraceptive drug called GonaCon, requiring a yearly injection to prevent pregnancy. They began to study the herd to see what effects the drug was having regarding social structure. The study’s credibility is questionable.

The TRNPs last 40 years of ‘management’ (or mismanagement as it were) has resulted in a horse herd with less genetic diversity and the changing of a historically correct geno- and phenotype horse, as well as culling the younger horses which will result in an older herd dying off of old age, especially with the continued use of the experimental drug GonaCon.

In a report called Genetic diversity and origin of the feral horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, published on Aug 1, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200795, it states, “It is recommended that new genetic stock be introduced and that adaptive management principles are employed to ensure that unique mitochondrial lineages are preserved and genetic diversity is increased and maintained over time”.

This is a national park. They should NOT be breeding into extinction a genetically, historically correct horse.  There is a need for an interpretive center on the horses, and the slow reintroduction of the Nokota® horses back into the TRNP.

Now is the time for the TRNP to do their job … and their job is to do what is right!  The TRNP should reintroduce the type of horse that was there before and when the park was fenced, which is the Nokota® horse.

It is time to acknowledge the Northern Plains people’s history, horses, and horse culture. The Native peoples’ unique history and culture is a very important part of this Nation’s history.

The Nokota® horses need your help. Please contact Blake McCann, TRNP Wildlife Biologist at blake@nps.gov and Superintendent Wendy Ross at (701) 623-4466 and ask them to do what is right for the horses.

Frank Kuntz

Executive Director & Co-founder, Nokota Horse Conservancy®

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Frank Kuntz at 701-321-2320.

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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 Rave Review for Escaping Tradition

ROTH Certified Trainer and student Instructor, Katie Dixon of Renegade Equine in Bend, OR, received the following review from one of her local clients with regards to Escaping Tradition.  Please enjoy as the trust-based methods continue their reach far and wide.

Katie

I am the mother of a 12 year old girl who has fallen in love with horses. Our whole family loves all animals and are very sensitive to their individual personalities. Bits, Spurs, whips and other methods of training horses was just not working for my daughter (or me) mentally or emotionally. Luckily, I found the book Escaping Tradition and knew this was the training philosophy that would work for my daughter (and me!).

The goal of establishing a relationship out of respect and love works as a training method. Fear based anything for anyone is not a “true” relationship or training tool that should be used. These animals have a language and they have opinions and curiosity about us and the environment we put them in. How can we expect them to be successful and learn if we don’t listen to them? Why should they only have to listen to us? This book explains just that. The stories shared by individuals in the book, shows us a way of thinking about horses as equal partners and gives them the voice they need.

The personal experiences shared in the book are examples of what horses can do for humans on a much deeper level than performance. This book points out the “real” fact that all horses are different and we need to understand them and listen to them so we can have a rewarding successful experiences together. Trust is the foundation for all successful relationships. Why would it not be the same for horses. Would you trust someone who inflicted pain, or asks you to do things you do not enjoy, or worse never listens to you? Most humans would not trust or continue to work with someone who treated them that way. So, if we are to raise the next generation of horse trainers, owners, and advocates, then they must agree with this philosophy of training.

I can only hope the book gets into as many hands as possible. Vets, trainers, breeders and the young equestrians to be. The young people have not had years of training to unlearn, they are also much more open and sensitive to animals if allowed to be.

Thank you for writing it and I’m happy to promote it.

Kristine Klees

Equine Wellness Magazine Features Anna’s Guide to Better Communication

Anna is a regular contributor to Equine Wellness Magazine, one of our favorites.  Here, she describes how we can better help our horses succeed in training sessions.

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Be a Team Leader

In Partnership with our good friends at The Horse’s Hoof Magazine, Anna’s Winter Issue Article (no. 73) is on assuming a leadership role with pushy, playful, and even potentially dangerous horses.

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A Monumental Effort on Behalf of Multiple Mustangs

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The Cayuse Ranch along with a Coalition of Wild Horse Advocacy and rescue groups that include: Return to Freedom, The Spanish Mustang Foundation, Cana Foundation, Spanish Mustang Preserve, Reach Out to Horses, Cranio-Connection and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, are pleased to announce the successful rehoming of an entire herd of more than 100 Spanish Mustangs from Wyoming to California.

The Cayuse Ranch, founded in 1957 by Wyoming homesteader Bob Brislawn, has for decades been home to some of the original bloodlines of the Spanish Mustangs, those horses brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 1400s. Brislawn made it his mission to preserve the dwindling breed on his ranches, but following his death in 2016, his family was left with the overwhelming task of caring for the more than 100 horses in his charge. When the ranch was sold in 2017, the Brislawn family put out the call to help find the herd a new place to roam, and several groups answered.

“It takes a dedicated and focused group of warriors to save some of America’s last remaining Spanish Mustangs,” said Jodi Messenich of Zuma Rescue Ranch.  “Together a group of private citizens and a few amazing horse preservation groups pulled this mission off seamlessly.”

Adam Edwards of PaHa Ponies and The Spanish Mustang Foundation worked tirelessly with the Brislawns to undertake this monumental effort throughout 2017, and were joined this year by CANA Foundation, Cranio-Connection, Reach Out to Horses, Return to Freedom, Spanish Mustang Preserve and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch to help rehome the herd.

Return to Freedom, The Spanish Mustang Foundation, Cana Foundation, Spanish Mustang Preserve, Reach Out to Horses, Cranio-Connection and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch came together to bring this herd to a sanctuary in California. Relocating an entire herd of Mustangs from the range is a monumental undertaking and every single member of this focused group did all they could to make it possible.

In an outstanding effort there were two women that drove from Longmont CO to Hulett WY multiple times to bring some of the horses to Denver for training and forever homes. After the initial trips these two amazing women saw how huge the task was and realized quickly that one man (Adam Edwards) on the ground with the herd wasn’t enough. So, Lorraine Campbell and Kelly Moore continue to make multiple trips, trailer in tow to WY offering more hands-on helpers to sort and move the horses.

After two years of effort, this small group of dedicated, passionate individuals were able to transport 30 of the herd to Lompoc, California, 20 stayed in WY with PaHa Ponies (Adam Edwards) and 40 were placed with Spanish Mustang preserve in Bayfield Wi. Now the entire Cayuse Ranch Herd has been placed into forever sanctuaries across the US.  “Relocating an entire herd of Mustangs from the range is a monumental undertaking and every single member of this focused group did all they could to make it possible,” said Neda Demayo, founder of Return to Freedom.

“We were proud to answer the call and join with so many amazing groups working to protect and preserve these majestic creatures and ensure they have a healthy and safe home where they can run free.  I thank the coalition members and Jodi Messenich from Zuma Rescue Ranch for being the catalyst of our involvement as the transportation sponsor.  Sponsoring their journey to freedom is truly an honor for the CANA Foundation and inline with the work we do in rewilding America’s wild horses,” shared Manda Kalimian, founder of the CANA Foundation.

While this operation was heavy on passion, it was light on funding, and there are still outstanding expenses that the groups are seeking donations to help pay. Donations are being accepted through Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, a 501c3 charity in Littleton, visit the site to learn more and contribute: http://www.zumasrescueranch.com/general-donations.

About The Cayuse Ranch:

The Cayuse Ranch was the first mustang preservation effort in the US. They were hell bent on preserving the often thought extinct, rugged old Indian pony: the Spanish Mustang. Historically speaking, these horses are incredibly important. They are the last remnants of the mustang that was here before the westward migration of the United States. How do we know this? There is a paper trail. All of these horses that were found are proven, pure old stock and type were have been catalogued in the Spanish Mustang Registry.

About CANA Foundation:

The CANA Foundation is Long Island-based national 501(c) 3 not for profit organization that works to rescue, rehome and re-wild the more than 60,000 of America’s wild horses who have been rounded-up off their lawful habitat and held captive in inhumane and overcrowded taxpayer funded, government holding facilities to the tune of over $100 million dollars annually.  CANA is a solution based organization who is spreading the humane concept of REWILDING America’s wild horses so they can live free, at no cost to taxpayers while in-turn protecting our open space, enhancing our environment and empowering the communities who welcome them home. For more information on the CANA Foundation, visit http://www.canafoundation.org.

About Paha Ponies—Adam Edwards:

I believe that the horse was put here to help humans evolve in the best possible way. In the past, horses have helped us during war, provided transportation, and supported our agricultural pursuits. Now they are here to help us spiritually evolve as a species. In a time when we need to embrace and protect the natural world, we need a guide that is as close to nature as possible. There is no better conduit to nature than the Spanish Mustang. This is the most natural horse available to the human. There has been little human interference in their evolution for the past 500 years on this continent, which has resulted in an incredibly smart, herd driven animal. The Spanish Mustang is truly a magical horse.

About The Spanish Mustang Foundation—Doug Lanham:

Our mission is to educate the public about the Spanish Mustang and the need to protect and perpetuate the breed.

Thanks to a handful of dedicated breeders, who have made it their life’s work to preserve these special horses, the breed is still in existence today, albeit on the critical list of rare breeds.

With funding from government sources, foundations and contributions from the general public, the Spanish Mustang Foundation seeks to promote understanding and protection for this deserving American horse.

About Return to Freedom—Neda DeMayo:

Founded in 1997, Return to Freedom (RTF) is a national 501c3 non-profit wild horse conservation organization. Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world. Return to Freedom also operates it’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary on 5000 acres in 4 California locations and models minimally intrusive management solutions that can be applied on the range. Neda DeMayo is a lifetime horsewoman and advocates for viable alternatives to horse slaughter and for the preservation and protection of our wild horses and burros on their ranges.

About Spanish Mustang Preservation— Cindy and Dick Kalow, founded this Mustang preserve in 2007 after years of research into how the family could create something of meaningful for the Spanish Mustang Breed. Now the preserve located in Bayfield, WI is home to more than 70 sanctuary Spanish Mustangs including about 40 of the Cayuse Ranch Herd.

About Reach Out to Horses – Anna Twinney:

Anna is an International Equine Linguist, Natural Horsewoman, Clinician, Animal Communicator, and the founder of Reach Out to Horses®. She is recognized in the industry for her unique and effective, collaborative training methodologies. For more than 2 decades she has brought her highly successful, gentle approach to thousands of people and horses from all walks of life and equine disciplines. She has conducted clinics, classes and training sessions across the globe including Europe, China, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and throughout the entire U.S. and Canada. Anna has been involved in animal rescue for over 30 years and has been heavily involved in the rescue and protection of the American Wild Horse. She has assisted in the rescue and training of thousands of horses and has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the horses in need and the organizations that share her passion for our majestic planetary companions. In 2019 she will be launching a new non-profit to these ground-breaking methods to the people and animals who need the them the most.

About CranioConnection—Tracy Vroom:

The CranioConnection, founded by Tracy Vroom, has been providing complementary healing and performance solutions specializing in horses and dogs for 20 years. Having grown up on a farm with many species of animals, Tracy’s passion for them came naturally. Today Tracy is the owner of Rocky Mountain School of Massage and Acupressure in addition to CranioConnection, both providing healing for animals throughout the US.

About Zuma’s Rescue Ranch—Jodi and Paul Messenich:

Our organization is named in honor of the first horse our founders, The Messenich Family, purchased together nearly 20 years ago. Zuma was a bright spirit – a truly once in a lifetime horse who forever changed the hearts and minds of some very experienced professional horse people. By partnering those in need so that they may in turn rescue each other, we honor Zuma’s legacy. Serving the community since 2008, the mission of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is to foster an environment of healing by pairing rescued horses with at-risk youth in mutually therapeutic programs.

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