Our Newly Certified Trainers Share…

Some of our trainers from this year have been with Anna for decades.  Their journeys have taken them across the U.S., and most have spent weeks, if not months, away from home to complete their certifications.

Here are a few words from three of this year’s new crop!

From ROTH Certified Trainer, Staci Grattan, MN:

“Six years, thousands of miles, countless days away from loved ones, a positive difference made in many equine lives, friendships, connections, stretched in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine, personal growth on a beautiful and sometimes painful scale, capturing joy, joining a tribe and realizing a goal and dream. A visual of the culmination.”

“Eve and Staci on the Reach Out to Horses Train the Trainer exams today at
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. We are working our way through remedial issues including her strong objections to worming & vaccinations. (Can’t say we blame her) Eve is at Zuma’s as a part of the #brush23 group of horses rescued from an animal hoarding situation that turned into a rush to save them from the kill pen. Eve is a 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare.”

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From ROTH Conditional Certified Trainer, Laura Schumann. OH:
“And so…after a long and wonderful journey….conditional means I choose not to do all possibilities, such as colt starting. Bottom line…this is a hard-won completion leading to the beginning of the next step on this amazing journey. Standing in my power. Living fully,
 in authenticity.”

Below is Laura ponying Sage, who had never been ponied before.

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And from ROTH Certified Trainer, Carolina Bärtsch, AZ:

“A dream come true! There are many ways to interact with horses, few seem fitting to me. This certificate is a milestone on a long journey to treat the animals right. Reach Out to Horses is a very modern, extremely comprehensive and compassionate approach. Well worth the effort, returns are incredible. Stay tuned, more about this to come as I venture on.”

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Oh the Colts, They Need a Startin’!

Join Anna and the ROTH Methods to discover the difference between starting and breaking…

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 The process of  starting under saddle is one of the most impressionable times of a young horse’s life.  If done correctly, you move smoothly into an ever-lasting partnership. If done incorrectly, you spend many hours, weeks, months, or even years figuring out their history and reassuring them of a non-violent future.

During this week you will learn and practice gentle communication methods.  These methods are proven with positive results around the Globe in all equine disciplines.  They are highly effective, safe and very efficient for not only young, un-started horses but also to reestablish a more cooperative relationship with mature horses as well.Starting the Young Horse Clinic

Goals for students are to learn:

  • Creating a successful program from the ground-up
  • Reading individual horses varying in age, size, breed & background
  • Starting young horses under saddle
  • Demonstrating the starting of remedial horses
  • Methods to start horses in 30 minutes or less!
  • When to use a Round Pen &, more importantly, when not to use a Round Pen
  • How to take the individual horse from the Round Pen to the arena/trail
  • Creating a successful training program for the young horse
  • How to solve your Round Pen issues/overcome challenging situations
  • Bridging the gap from body language to rider!

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Fancy a Frolic with the Foals?

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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.

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Can you hear the call of the Wild Ones?

Only TWO SPOTS LEFT for this year’s Untouched Horse Course!

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Imagine being pulled out of your home, away from your family and friends, and taken to an unknown place where you are introduced to foreigners who do not speak your language. This is exactly what these symbols of freedom so often experience.

By understanding and attuning to these magnificent creatures, and seeing the world through their eyes, you will begin to master their language. You will learn how to socialize them, create trust & value in a relationship and identify their motivations & learning styles. This class is ideal for those who have recently fostered or adopted untouched horses and can be arranged in your area.

Immerse yourself in a 7-day workshop. This is a unique opportunity to observe wild horses in their natural habitat. You will begin to understand non-verbal communication with the natural world, be introduced to herd dynamics and develop a bond through building a trust-based relationship. You will not use chutes, ropes, or any other restraints to force the horse’s compliance. Instead, you will work one-on-one with the wild ones, gaining their trust, learning their language, and building a relationship and true partnership that you have always dreamed of but never knew was possible.

 

Take Me to the Wild Ones!

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!

 

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