Discover the Next Generation of Horsemanship at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch on October 29th!

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Annual ROTH Trainer’s Demonstration Event

What is Trust-Based Collaborative Horsemanship?
Find Out and Help Support Zuma’s Rescue Ranch! 
October 29th, 2017
10am – 5pm
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
7745 N. Moore Rd., Littleton, CO 80125
Discover the Next Generation of Horsemanship!
Join us for a day of trust-based horsemanship and training as graduates of
the Reach Out to Horses Trainers Program demonstrate the effective, powerful,
and groundbreaking methodologies that Anna herself has developed, used, and
taught 
around the world to thousands of horses (and humans).
Meet Our Trainers
We have an eclectic group of folks who can’t wait to give you insights into your horses, true horsemanship, and the communication between horse and human.

They are coming together for this special event. They have all completed an extraordinary journey and we are excited to see them fly as they spread their wings and begin their careers as Reach Out to Horses’ Certified Trainers.  They will introduce you to a world of trust and partnership, and show you what is truly possible in your training, in your relationship with your horse, and in your life.
Best of all you get to spend the entire day with Reach Out to Horses for only $20!

No It’s Not a Typo, Only $20 Dollars!
A full day of horsemanship for only $20 when you preregister, and a mere $25 at the door.  We promise you won’t get this much groundbreaking information for so little anywhere!  And if that wasn’t enough, 100% of the proceeds from the entire day go to the inspiring Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and the incredible work they are doing there to save horses and humans and give them all a second chance at life.
It’s a win, win, win for everybody!

Come see how these inspiring individuals have turned their dreams into reality and discover this unique and effective approach to horsemanship.  Heck, you might even be inspired to embark on your own journey to a whole new life with our equine companions.

Register now and discover what is truly possible for you and your horse!
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The Wide Eyes Await: A Reflection on ROTH’s 2017 Colt Starting Course

In a largely oversized and muggy indoor arena, the wide eyes await. They sense our intention. They sense our presence. They sense the start of something big. Some are fresh starts and some are restarts. Either way it is a new beginning, both for the people facilitating the learning and new for the wide eyes alike. What brings us all to this quiet place on the hilltop is life’s inevitable inertia; or rather, our desire to shift and change as we continue on our unique trajectories.  It is the need to be dynamic – ever learning, ever seeking something else, ever seeking wisdom to grow.  What we knew is that some of these wide eyes were already used to moving, that is to say that some were used to moving until an opposing force of some kind moved them backwards, or even sideways, or caused them to halt indefinitely.  Some of them have never moved before at all, and we begin fresh with a clean slate on their behalf, which is an ideal situation.

The people at Colt Starting are similar in this way; some of us were moving and then we hit a block where we got stuck, and perhaps we even got scared.  Some of us are fresh and have never really experienced much moving at all, and maybe that earnest quality will save our hides.  Maybe the ignorance of what can go wrong and not knowing what bone-crushing pain is actually keeps us safer than others because we can manage our congruencey more adeptly, and we aren’t focused on the negative possibilities.  Either way this is no easy task to learn to gently move the previously unmoved, and for some, the still unwilling to move, but fortunately for our Colt Starting course we have an ace in the hole; her name is Miss Anna Twinney.

Anna’s primary focus is to keep us all safe, horses included.  She is not a babysitter and she will not simply do it for us.  She is a collaborator, a facilitator, and a developer of souls, techniques, and ideals.  Anna will look into us and ask what we are feeling. When we can’t decide on an answer, or if we answer dishonestly, she’ll look us over and purse her lips as she squints a little and then she’ll ask us again.  It’s important to know these things, for us, for her, AND for the horse.  It’s important because the horse is a reflection of our energy and our emotions at any given time. If we don’t know what we are feeling it makes a muddied water for the horse that makes it more challenging for them to succeed.  When we are starting or restarting colts and horses there is no more unsafe and unfair way to proceed.

It’s most important to be in touch with feelings because it’s the difference between a reaction and a response, a cloudy cue and a clear communication, and a partnership vs. a dictatorship.  It’s how Anna knows if we are ready to do the hard things: to look at ourselves, to be honest about our capabilities and our intention, and to know if we are ready to ground ourselves and focus on the work at hand.  Knowing how we are feeling is the basis of all this work, and most significantly, it’s how Anna helps us help the horses.  Therefore, to be confused, in denial, or unwilling to be honest with ourselves or with others, that is the cardinal sin of Natural Horsemanship. It’s a problem because it hinders our awareness and it causes an imbalance the horse can feel.  It causes us to become misaligned with the truth of things, and hence the truth of our own reality, of which the horse is an integral part.  We can’t very well move a horse who exists in the truth of a present reality when we are in the falsehood of our own illusions or past misconceptions.  Some horses are much more forgiving than others, of course, but most of those who are totally forgiving are called “therapy horses.” They are there to help the human begin to understand the truth of their alignment and awareness, or lack thereof. These are not those kinds of horses just yet. These wide eyes are looking to us to be the leaders, the truth tellers, to assure them we have their back and their best interest and safety at heart.  These wide eyes need clear, soft eyes who can show them what a kind, congruent leader and human looks like.

The trick in all of this is not just getting the horse to do what we want them to do.  The trick is in allowing them to see they have options and choices in their growth process and helping them to feel safe with us. All the while we are showing them we are capable of leading them well. Then, when they want to follow us and they trust us to make good decisions, we can co-create a life of endless adventure with them. A life where we always learn about one another and one in which growth and creativity are cultivated and not smothered like an unwanted flame.  This is the foundation work for all future horse-human relationships.  If we rush the horse into a panic, we fail.  If we allow three experiences in which the horse develops a behavioral issue, we have created one where none previously existed.  If we are not present and aware, we could get hurt or killed, or get someone else hurt or killed.  This colt starting is serious stuff, but there are benefits that go beyond words in this experience.  There are changes to our hearts, minds, and souls that only observers of subtlety can detect and appreciate, and that is where the gold lies.

Early mornings, late nights, and summer heat aside, one by one, day by day, we worked in comfort.  The comfort of good company, that is.  We worked alongside our partners and buddies, both human and equine.  We shared a growth experience with like-minded individuals who were the most willing group of people I have ever met.  If something was needed, all we had to do was ask and people jumped left and right to pitch in.  We worked together on softening, slowing down the mind, being wholly present and aware during the work, being equally responsive in thanking the horse for their try, learning the silent language, using our body language effectively, understanding what we can tell from the eyes, and discovering how we can similarly use our eyes, weight, and breath to share our requests, our intentions and to offer reward.  We shaped the lessons for the horses so as not to overwhelm them, but to help them learn to cope with discomfort and to experience success as they learned to trust us to add pressure to their lives.  We helped each other with suggestions, epiphanies, and in great and lengthy periods of varied experimentation.  Just as with people, every horse is different and what works with one may not work with another.  We were fortunate to find those who were willing to give us ideas, to help us problem solve, and to offer solutions and comfort when we feared we had exhausted our options, our patience, and our efforts.  Truly a lasting bond was formed and the camaraderie of colt starting developed and lingered like a silent partner, waiting in the byways and walls of the arena, always there with a smile and a pat on the back, reassuring us we had given it our all and done a good job.

In a very early impression it felt like the success of a week of starting colts would be measured by the number of colts under saddle on the final day.  This was such a misconception.  That is not to say that we didn’t have amazing numbers as result of all the hard work because each colt was saddled by the end of the week and all but three, I believe, had been ridden.  Rather, the measure of a good colt starting course is in the daily experiences;  it’s in every obstacle on the obstacle course we can finally cross and in the joy that comes from approaching a wide-eyed one and watching them turn into a soft-eyed one around things that were of tremendous concern at the beginning of the week.  The success is found in the round pen, in reaching out, and in creating the contract.  It’s in the close connection, the love lessons, and the successful breakaways.  It’s in the liberty work, and in the long lines that we might never have thought we could use on a particular horse.  It’s in each girth tightened, and each saddle pad that finds its way onto the horse’s back, and in the stirrups that clang and bounce against the horse’s side as he forgets they are there and focuses on the communication and direction of the human instead.  It’s in every parachute dragged, every dummy draped and slung, and every noodle and flag wiggled and waved throughout the week.  It’s in every head drop, every deep breath and sigh, and every lick and chew.  It’s in every eye that was once distant, hard and wide, that now is only soft and presently attentive.  It’s in every curious exploration of an obstacle or a pocket, every smile, and definitely in every laugh of this process.

Colt Starting was not about the end result at all – not about the product, not about the final polish.  Instead, it was about the safe opportunity for some to start over and to learn to trust again, and for some to just be started gently and effectively so they will never have to be restarted ever again.  It was about affording us a space, an environment where learning could take place, and where ideas could be safely shared and exchanged.  Colt Starting was truly about the start of the possibilities of each individual there, and to see that there is limitless potential that can be tapped in all of us, despite our somewhat active resistance to that process.  It was about opening up to trust-based leadership and compassionate communication, or TLC, as Anna calls it.  It was all about the beginning and the journey to the next beginning, which starts now for each and every one of us.

The success of Colt Starting is also in the future of the horses whose lives we may now touch on any level.  Sometimes we will only be able to offer a compassionate sigh and knowing glance when we see that they are frustrated or confused.  If we are fortunate, we will have our hands on to help gentle them to saddling ourselves, applying all that we learned over the course.  It’s in the potential of each observer who might see us doing something differently, with compassion, and think to themselves, “I need to ask them how they do that so gently and with such patience, and how I can learn that too.”  It’s in every connection with every horse in our futures, and their people, as we become the ROTH mission at work in our daily lives.  It’s alive in each and every instance where the human mind entertains the thought, “maybe there is a better way.”  I had that thought and after much exploration, I can assure you, there IS a better way: the ROTH way.

They said colts was the most difficult course that Anna teaches, and I could see why that might be the case.  We are taking big steps with horses who may have some negative programming already in place about the process, and who may or may not react, possibly even violently.  But after watching pair after pair succeed in achieving their daily goals, I was encouraged that it was not quite as trying as I had perceived it might have been.  I was lucky to have my gelding there, who had been ridden before, but after an accident we had backtracked quite a bit.  So my experience was much tempered compared to those who were truly starting a horse for the first time.  Still, the challenges are only where we perceive them to be, and I perceive that this course was a wild and total success for each and every student and horse who attended.

 

It is with good reflection upon this recent experience, and in preparation for the long journey to all of the next beginnings, that I note one most important piece of practice that struck me, in particular, and that I need to apply hourly:  that is to relax and to smile, because if I am not smiling, I am not breathing.  To all the people who helped me smile or laugh along the way, my gratitude to you.  Here’s to the limitless beginnings and starts, to a future of moving, to the potential of us all, and to the glorious necessity of breathing.

To a mentor and boss who shows me that only I can limit my true potential, and to her husband who is there for me when I need to share silly things and ask about life’s difficult questions, my deepest gratitude to you both for putting up with my growth spurts.  Your eternal patience with me is most appreciated.  All my love to you both for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the mission and the animals.  There are no two like either of you anywhere in the world.  May you always find the energy to shine on, ROTH style.

All my love,

Lacey Knight

ROTH Admin

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ROTH’s 2017 Colt Starting Crew at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, CO

 

The Wonder of the Wild Ones: Highlights from the Untouched Horse Course

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Wild horses have taken me across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, and back to where it all began in California, in discovery of their wisdom.  They are the Wikipedia of the silent language of horses.  They are the master teachers.  They teach us the intricacies of collaboration and an in-depth dialogue.  They teach us the truth about ourselves.  They take horsemanship to the greatest depths and greatest heights, allowing you to become the best you can be.  I am honored to have been invited to the Wild Horse Sanctuary, in Shingletown, California, in support of their mission and am proud to become part of their horse gentling team.  
 

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Do you want to watch our sessions?  Anna live streams on her courses to bring the world along with on the journey!  Follow the link below to videos from this year’s Untouched Horse Course.

Watch ROTH Certified Trainer, Sarah Lockwood on course!

A Bit of Fun at Day’s End

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Anna spent a week August at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA, sharing the methods and the wisdom behind developing trust and a bond with the wild ones.  Students were each assigned a wild horse with whom to spend the week and with whom to develop the partnership that is so necessary in safely gentling wild horses.

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Sharing space – a profound moment of connection!

We can share space with one another through “being” and not “doing”, through meditation and through a practice of animal communication. We can remove all agendas and intentions allowing the flow of a conversation to foster a partnership built on the horse’s rituals, built on mutual trust. One which takes out the pressure, allows for reading of the horse’s energy, language, personality, and individual learning. This is not bribery. It is a magical experience for us to blend our energies becoming one, which naturally brings forth a bonding time. It’s the foundation and introduction to pave the way for our relationship.

 

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Sitting silently we watch the horses and come to understand the ROTH way;  a way based on the true nature of the horse.  Many watch but few see.  Through education, a keen eye, and in-depth understanding, Anna interprets the horses’ communication and dynamics, explaining how she bridges the gap in the gentling, and incorporates the whole horse within the methodologies.

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What we can learn from the horses themselves is truly invaluable!  We learn to be receptive to what they can teach us about how to be effective communicators in a language that they understand.

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Get the entire Stable Scoop from the Foals in Training Course in Oregon!

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Listen to our interview with Stable Scoop, which took place during the FIT Course and features Carolina sharing her experience with baby Eclipse, as well as Anna capsulizing the experience and sharing her thoughts on Weaver Boots. 

Below: Carolina during her interview and new addition to her family, Keanu, listening in.

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Go here to listen to the entire interview and get the Stable Scoop yourself!

Get the Full Scoop!

 

A Benefit of Giving Generously from the Heart…

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Amidst Anna’s many worldly adventures she always takes time out of the bustling schedule to give of her two most important resources: time and information. She gladly addresses the masses who are looking for a better way; be it a better way to communicate, a better way to supplement, or a better way to understand, Anna is ready and willing to share!

In addition to demos and presentations around the globe, she also submits numerous articles to Equine Wellness Magazine, among many other publications and media outlets that include radio and TV.

In July, Anna appeared at Courtyard Farm for a demonstration to benefit the 13 Hands Equine Rescue. Anna is pictured with Casper, a young gelding nearly ready to start under saddle.  She expounded on the sometimes seemingly elusive Language of Equus, as only a Master Horse Whisperer can.  In doing so, she is spreading the hope and the loving compassion behind all of ROTH’s methodologies and founding principles.

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In return, they sent us this lovely letter to express their gratitude, and we are so happy to share it with everyone.  One of the many benefits of giving generously from our hearts is being open to the thanks we receive in return.  Thank you, 13 Hands, for all you do on behalf of the horses and in offering not only voices to the voiceless, but second chances as well!  We love your hearts and the work you do in the world!

 

 

 

Half Halt Farm in North Salem, NY, Hosts Confident Horse, Confident Rider

In the first week in July Anna was in North Salem, NY, at Half Halt Farm where she shared her clinic, Confident Horse, Confident Rider, with the participants!

It looks like everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their instruction!

Anna often likes to stream live from her clinics and courses when she can to let everyone in on the fun and excitement of sharing the Language of Equus with the world!

Anna is blessed to work in some of the most picturesque equestrian facilities around the world!  A gorgeous indoor is always a blessing during the summer heat and even when the storms roll through!  We would like to thank Laura Evans at Half Halt Farm for bringing the ROTH message to those near and dear to her heart!

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Go HERE for the Events Calendar

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“Life-changing” doesn’t even quite cut it…. Insights of a ROTH student post a trans-formative HHC experience.

Emily P. is one of our ROTH students who attended the HHC in 2016 and she wrote about her experience here with Anna and the other ROTH students who took part in the Holistic Horse Certification Course:

“It’s written in gratitude and is just a brief reflection on the two-week course and its continuing ripple effects on my life and path.”

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It’s the kind of magic you don’t realize has fallen around you until you pull out of it. When you pull out of it, your body feels strange and alone and kind of tingly because without realizing it, you had molded to a space, and all the human people, and non-human people, shared energies, excitements, dreams, and the fears that composed it.

“Life-changing” doesn’t even quite cut it. The horses and humans that I got to learn from over the past weeks held space for me to step into myself in a way I hadn’t before; they made it safe to do so. They illuminated a path that I had been too afraid, or confused, or perhaps just not ready to see clearly before now. At first, our group felt to me like a bunch of overeager, slightly clumsy dancers attempting to learn rhythm (which we were literally trying to do as this is not just a metaphor – Elaine’s specialty is getting stiff and nervous hips to loosen up). But we managed to choreograph the beginning of something – certainly not a masterpiece yet – but we felt it, those opening beats.

For me, it always comes back to connection – the thick, full, rich, recognition between two beings; the I am here, I am with you, I hear you, I love you.  It is absolute presence, and the courage to fully give yourself to someone else, even for a moment.

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This is what horses give me, and this is what I feel is missing from much of human society. We are terrified to recognize each other, to be present with each other, to let ourselves be seen and not shy away from who we are. Without that, things quickly become – to use one of Anna’s phrases – rather pear shaped. The general feeling I get living in the United States right now is that as a society we are tripping over ourselves trying to achieve more and be better and control everything, terrified to stop and look at ourselves in the face, terrified to be present, terrified to wait for anyone else but ourselves. We carve out and deepen a significant void in the world when we forget how to connect.

I was doing a lot of this in the month leading up to this course – a lot of over-planning my life, trying to set up five career paths in my head because the uncertainty ahead of me is so terrifying, a lot of zooming around avoiding fear and loneliness and refusing to trust the universe in the face of so much unknown.

The horses made this very clear to me as soon as I got to the horse. I was nervous the first few days, anxious to prove myself. There are a few moments and horses that stood out in particular along the way. Lola showed me how powerful I could be when I stepped out of my anxiousness and into the immediate experience of being with her. She was difficult to catch, so I had to slow my pace, wait for her to reach out to me. I remember my breath slowing down, and I remember staying with her in the round pen, in the quiet elasticity we’d developed before I’d haltered her, and forgetting about everyone watching me for the first time. Stepper was an incredibly kind teacher as well; I was viscerally moved by his triggers (flinching every time someone raised an arm to the side of him, particularly on the left) and so touched by the softness in his eyes despite the abuse he so clearly remembered.

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Image of Emily and Stepper

On the last day, before our exams, I was walking around Zuma’s, knowing I really needed to show up – for myself, for my teachers and peers, but especially for the horses. I was listening to music in my headphones, letting out the self-doubt I’d been fighting against and replacing it with fresh air. My walk changed, and I began to laugh at myself for all the fear and self-scrutiny, because I had accessed something so much deeper, a fierce determination that will carry me through life and a gratitude for this sudden feeling of connection. My mind moved to Captain, and I was full of excitement to spend an hour with him, because I really believed again that I had something to offer, that I had love, fun, leadership and energy to share with him. And I went into his pasture full of this excitement just to be with him, to discover him, and we both showed up. And he gave me himself, he played, we heard each other, and we choreographed a space together in which I forgot about everything else.

And nothing replaces that feeling. Nothing in the world.

Horses are incredibly rhythmic beings. Their cerebellums, which control movement, are much larger than humans’, and their ability to move in harmony with the other beings around them is unparalleled. If there is one reason I have kept returning to horses over and over, it is this; whenever I feel off-kilter in my life, or out of balance with myself, horses bring me back into rhythm – literally, as I find myself moving from a more centered place, and also emotionally and spiritually. They also challenge me to adapt to the rhythms and perceptions of the other beings around me, not just my own. Perhaps this is why I have never felt anything quite as expansive as working with horses, and my desire to learn from them will never be satiated.

Thank you, Anna and Elaine, for widening my access to and understanding of the world of Equus a thousand fold.

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We certainly look forward to seeing Miss Emily again on our courses as she enjoys the present moment in time and engages all the other souls around the way in which only she can, the humans and the non-humans 😉   We love you, Emily!