The Journey of a Lifetime: Part 2!

Episode 26: Anna Twinney with Reach Out To Horses, Part 2

May 22, 2018

Welcome Back to Anna Twinney for part 2! Anna gives us a little window into what she is doing now and why her work is right for anyone who is ready to be open to learning more about themselves and how they interact with the world. Find Anna at www.reachouttohorses.com. We loved spending time with her and we know you will too.

 

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Teaching your Horse to Tie

Horsemanship Network

Read through Anna’s latest article shared on the Horsemanship Network!

Being tied doesn’t come naturally to horses, but it’s an essential skill for them to learn.

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There are many situations in which it’s important for your horse to tie well. It could be for the vet or farrier, at a show or event, or perhaps while you are grooming and tacking up. While it may seem simple enough, your horse may have quite a different perspective.

As prey animals, horses have a strong inborn desire to flee in the face of perceived danger. When a horse is tied, he can’t respond in this way. For the uninitiated or fearful horse, this can set off alarm bells and send him into a state of frantic panic, particularly if there is no breaking point or release in sight.

It is also important to recognize that horses are innately “into pressure” beings and – by their very nature – they lean into the point of pressure. This leads a horse to lean into you when you press on his flank, rump or other part of his body; or to raise his head high when asked to follow the feel of the lead rope.

Without any support, or formal trust-based training, it is unlikely a horse will automatically take to being tied. While some horses may learn fairly easily to accept being tied, others may have had experiences where they’ve broken their halters, hitching posts or worse, and have subsequently developed a phobia to tying. The good news is that no matter what his age, any horse can be taught what is expected of him if you use a kind and patient manner.

Set your horse up for success

There are number of things you can teach and practice with your horse to help prepare him for being able to tie well. By taking the time to do this work and approaching the task in an open, empathetic and supportive manner, you can create powerful and lasting results while avoiding mistakes or gaps in training that will require fixing later.

Pressure and release

One key to training your horse to tie well is teaching him to yield to pressure in situations that are stress-free, before introducing him to stressful scenarios. The first rule is to never attempt to tie without first exploring your horse’s knowledge of pressure and release.

  • Neck stretches and yields following the feel of the line
  • Light touch head drops
  • Forward and back rocking horse steps
  • Altering gait and speed while leading

As the exercises build on one another, make sure to create times for your horse to feel somewhat restricted while being given a chance to find a way out using collaborative communication.</p

Desensitization exercises

Once your horse fully understands how to get himself out of trouble by coming forward towards the pressure, it is time to introduce him to some surprises. It’s easy to teach him to tie when everything is calm, but you would be remiss if you didn’t prepare him for the unexpected, and provide him with appropriate coping skills for those stressful or startling moments.

  • Desensitize to scary objects and items
  • Desensitize to startling and unusual sounds
  • Graduate to an in-hand obstacle course of higher learning

Building confidence

Another key to successfully training your horse to tie is to address the emotional and mental factors that create a “non-tying horse” to begin with. Training is essential to building the horse’s confidence in both himself and you, and will allow you to create a trust-based partnership.

This can be done over time as your horse learns to come into himself more, leave the herd behind, explore and venture off campus, and experience a multitude of environments and situations. Once he has a good foundation of confidence, you can gradually introduce him to new locations and scenarios, and increase the stimuli that will trigger fears, such as a fear of isolation. Soon, fear will be replaced with the understanding that he is safe, even when you are asking him to be restricted or isolated for a time.

Training your horse to tie

The simplest way to begin is to loop the line over a hitching post to create some resistance, and hold it in your hand while grooming! This way, the horse does not hit a rigid line and panic, which could put both of you at risk for bodily harm. Instead, your horse will be able to feel the give while at the same time making a pleasant association with tying through mindful grooming.

This same looping method applies while teaching the horse to tie at a trailer, wash rack or other location, keeping in mind the necessity for excellent footing and surrounding safety. Naturally, the horse finds himself in a pressure/release situation and you may decide to include food as a reward to enhance the situation while expediting the lesson.

You may also want to introduce the quick release knot, popular around the world. It gives a similar sense of resistance but still gives you a chance to release the horse should he panic.

Some equestrians swear by the tradition of tying to a piece of string or bailing twine on a tie-ring to ensure breakaway. Although some believe that horses can learn their own strength by snapping these strings, and that you should never allow them to break away, I have seen it save lives. While this tradition remains prevalent, its popularity is being overridden by the blocker tie ring, which provides soft resistance and safe tying without using knots.

If all else fails and your horse is truly phobic, you may decide to ground-tie him by simply teaching him to stand still when the attached lead rope is placed on the ground close by. It’s a pretty easy “trick” to start with and moves effortlessly into all you do when you ask your horse to stand!

Work with, not against, your horse

From decades of experience worldwide, I have witnessed many approaches and seen some horrendous tying styles, ranging from snubbing posts through solitary standing stalls. Although it is customary for trainers to state that their methods work, these harmful and sometimes even cruel training styles simply aren’t necessary, and reflect a fear-based, dominance style of training.

Remember that teaching your horse to tie goes beyond simply seeking a place for him to stand and wait — it is an introduction to the concepts of patience, respect, focus and a time to process.

The bottom line is to recognize that tying is not something that comes “naturally” to a horse. Choosing a style of training that supports and works with your horse’s mind, and encourages trust, not dominance, will help him find success with being tied, and will create fewer issues down the road.

The Origin of Passion

How did it all start, the worldwide journey of Anna Twinney? What provoked the drive to develop the methods, the students, and to reach out to the horses? We can bring a person’s trajectory into focus so much more clearly when we know the backstory, the trials, the inequities, and understand what exactly they went through to become the person they are today. Anna has provided us with just that, a story, The Origin of Passion.

Follow the link below to all the stages of the journey, the videos, and to get the scoop on what brought Anna to greatness as an ambassador on behalf of the animals who call Earth their home.

The Origin of Passion

 

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The Journey of a Lifetime…Anna Twinney

Anna met with Sandy Corrigan of The Corrigan Group to bring her story and her message to the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Advice Givers Group Podcast.

Follow the Link below to the page where you can access the Podcast and hear the Truth about horses, the lessons they have to share with us, and how they can transform a life across continents and around the globe.

Listen here

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Moving Straight Ahead

He had begun to “run out” during training and to not do his job, thus causing danger to his young rider who was learning steer wrestling. He cut to the chase during our session together – no small talk, as he valued his time and realized his voice needed to come across clearly. His honesty showed just how he ran left, leaving his rider hanging short of the steer.

He shared about the saddle fit (the one that fitted) and the pressure on his withers with his rider leaning to the right. He had the solution too.  Through detailed description, he showed levels and location of pain throughout his body taken care of by the chiropractor – while asking for ongoing support.

“Ridden hard and put away wet” in his time – expectations for him had been high. This rider was different; he was sensitive. And yet there was fear surrounding the consequences of him running out from others with harsh spurs whose expectations stole his confidence and returned him to innocence. His mental and emotional anxiety had grown and it seemed he had internalized his feelings, ultimately manifesting physical side effects. He gave all the reasons as to why he behaved this way, so there would be no more speculation, but instead, clarity. He gave answers to questions and paved the way forward. They offered alternative therapies and guidance…this was to be a new way of training and if up for the task, they would become one as they explored their partnership.

Just a week later Anna received the following from a grateful Mother of a young man who can now begin to really explore his talent for a sport he loves with his willing partner, Splash.

Anna – I thought you might like to hear this – Will practiced with Splash today (with steers) and he used Peace and Calming Oil on the heart space/forehead/and front leg acupressure points to calm the soul, Valor on either side of the spine from the solar plexus back to the Root Chakra, did visualization with him and thought communication, and with the use of his new gel pad on the withers,…had PERFECT RUNS!!!!!!! He has not done that in a year!!! He ran perfectly straight and did not veer left even a step! Will praised him and had another chiropractic adjustment done afterward. COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!!!! Thank you sooo much!

Margaret, Will, and Splash

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Our Gratitude Speaks when We Care and We Share the ROTH Way

 

As a result of the many donations Anna sends we often get lovely expressions of gratitude that come seemingly out of the blue!  It always brings a smile to our faces and warms our hearts to know that people are enjoying learning about the methods and bringing the message to their volunteers and other cooperating organizations.

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Thanks, Monica, and This Old Horse!  We slaute the work you do in the world on behalf of the Mustangs!

Want to know more about the DVD referenced here, Whispers from the Wild Ones? 

Show me how to Capture the Whisper!

Or, does it intrigue you, the idea of gentling one of America’s last, great, wild icons?  Discover the Untouched Horse Course in California at the Wild Horse Sanctuary this August? Go here for all the details!

Tell me about gentling the wild ones

 

We also got this message on Facebook from a student of the methods, Cynthia Lawson Greene of Sumner, MI, who was able to apply what she learned in Foals In Training DVD to her Mustang, Scarlet:

“Anna, we have your DVD set on foal training…we have applied it to gentling out mustang, Scarlet. I never thought about running and massaging the ears and surrounding area…Thank you. First time I did Scarlet pulled away some but now I can touch them at will…she is a sweetheart…thank you!”

Cynthia, we are SO pelased to hear that the FIT methods were easily applicable to Scarlet!  Thank YOU for offering a good home to the Mustangs!  We sincerely appreciate those of you who do.

This is just one more testimonial to the fact that the ROTH methods are NOT A COOKIE-CUTTER SYSTEM, but rather a methodology based in the language of Equus, which can be applied to each horse individually based on their learning style, likes/dislikes, personality, character and personal history.  When we use the language of the horse to speak and to request their collaboration, it eliminates the barriers that other “training systems” can create.  We are always thrilled to get messages of gratitude!  Thanks again, Cynthia, for Reaching Out to Share in the Success!

To learn more about the Foals in Training DVD, you can go here:

Tell me about Foals in Training the DVD

And, of course, the Foals have thier own course as well!  Learn how to start them right, from the ground up, and discover a path to partnership rather than a dominance-based, training relationship.

Foals In Training the Course!

 

Anna Reaches Out to her English Roots…

ROTH is excited to be partnering with the Western Horse UK Horsemanship Journal to help bring Anna’s message all the way back to her roots in the UK!  This is the December 2017 publication.  Read along as she discusses the benefits of a personal program vs slotting all horses into a cookie cutter system that is one-size-fits-all for training.

A favorite quote:  “If you are looking for total compliance then I would strongly suggest you buy a motorcycle.”

Can we get a “Here, Here?!”

Always celebrating the individual and free nature of our favorite species, Anna’s approach is truly unique and the results can be obviously seen in how the horses respond.UK magazineUK magazine 2