ROTH Certified Trainer/Instructor Elaine’s Account of How to Best Begin to Capture the Whisper

Words of Wisdom from the ROTH Trainer/Instructor who conducted Horse Whispering 101:

There are a great many levels to horsemanship, but we all start at the beginning. And it is where we begin that we either have to build upon or to overcome.  By this logic it would be much more efficient to start from a place that won’t cause you to back track.  It is the minority who have their first experiences with horses taught with the horse in mind; whether it be a simple riding lesson that is entirely in the saddle with little to no bonding from the ground, or a child growing up on a ranch with less concern for the well-being of the animals, there are long-standing professionals who never know what is literally and physically under their noses… and their butts.  They will have a longer way around to the truth than someone who is shown the potential of equal partnership from the gate.

But even if you are in the thick of the old way of working horses and you had an experience that caused fear around horses, or you seemed to have waited a lifetime to make that first touch, it is a great time to start listening and to let the truth sink in.  Horse whispering isn’t a mystical power; it is not granted to a select few. It is something with which we are all born. It is compassion and it is love.  Our stories will, at times, either try to pull us away or they will guide us towards this way of being.  It is our responsibility to reach for the betterment of all in the process.

It was an honor to help five amazing women find this truth as they embarked on a new chapter of working with horses. Teaching the Horse Whispering 101 Course this year at Happy Dog Ranch, in Littleton, CO, was a magical week of wonder and joy. The horses and the team at the ranch helped to facilitate the journey and make real change in the lives they so graciously hosted.

Nothing but gratitude to Anna and Vin for making it all possible,

Elaine Ackerly

ROTH Certified Trainer/Instructor

Sun, Sand, Swimming, and Healing with Horses

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Today the animals want you to know that it is time to
quiet your old voice and allow a new one to awaken. ~ Anna Twinney

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EXPLORING ANIMAL COMMUNICATION

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

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When Veronika and Anna met on Skype for the very first time, Veronika mentioned a very unexpected surprise for Anna.  “It’s a symbol giving us inspiration,” she said. It’s been on my desk since 2008 and now look we stand here together, united.  I don’t go on what I read or the person, I go on what I feel.  I was like a child when I first saw your logo.  It drew me right in and is so very important.  It inspired me to create my logo.

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Unmarked Photos: Arendell Brewster

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Taking risks, having faith, and blindly following your heart takes you to extraordinary places in life…I followed the call of the horse in 1997 which changed my life forever.    Let it be your time.

7 NEW Extra-Ordinary Experiences in TT:

My first time teaching in the Caribbean
Riding the waves on multiple, magical, retired race horses
Eating exotic daily cuisine
Experiencing nighttime yoga
Moonlight turtle nesting adventure
Hitchhiking a ride with the local police department
Meeting the Prime Minister at the Tobago Charity Gold Classic function

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We were super excited to have Dr. Leah ~ Acupuncturist, massage therapist, and Healing with Horses Board Member come over from Trinidad to join us for the whole animal communication experience.
With an open mind and heart, Dr. Leah explored integrating the Young Living essential oils into her treatment.  Her sessions conducted at liberty, giving the horses free choice and a voice, she included them in the selection process.
When Navajo selected 5 oils, the pendulum revealed Relieve It, Hope and Di-gize to be the most serving for the day! With Hope on the heart chakra and Relieve it massaged in – Navajo choreographed his healing.

 

 

While having my hair braided in Tobago, I noticed this kitty rolling around on my pouch containing Essential Oils. I was unsure as to which oil triggered the love-fest, but for more than five minutes it was clear that the kitty was absolutely selecting an oil she needed!  Often when we see big reactions to Essential Oils, we don’t often get it on film.  It was great to see kitty’s reaction and share it with you all as a testament to the animals’ needs and desires to heal or soothe themselves.

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About Healing with Horses

 

Jennifer was the Founding Horse of Being with Horses.  This beautiful, sensitive chestnut mare came to us all the way from Speyside.  She had lived in the rainforest as a leader for a herd of twenty sheep.  In 2007 Veronika walked this lovely mare all the way from Speyside, a 20-hour trek, to bring her to her new home in Buccoo.

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A Glimpse into this year’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!

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Anna began the R.M.H.E. experience with a day of Saddling-Up with ROTH!  To her surprise, 75% of her equine students were Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) and a true delight they were – with a “try” greater than Mount Everest.  From creating a stronger bond, through to spook-busting, pain management assessment, standing for mounting and exploring benefits for horses, handlers, and riders this intimate group of enthusiasts walked away with overflowing pride!

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Demos

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Anna is now live-streaming on Facebook at many of her events throughout the year!  Bring her directly into your home, your heart, and your horses’ lives.  With thousands of individuals logging on to be present during the presentations and demonstrations, she was able to reach a global audience.  Benefit from her expertise and even go back and visit the 3 Facebook pages for more insights.  
Topics covered included:
 
  • Animal communication: What your horses want you to know
  • Fearful rider – fearful horse; training your young; training your young or insecure horse to an unbalanced rider
  • From bridle to bitless
  • Acting out as a form of communication

49bb97f554e894c327ce1935_560x278Perceptions from RMHE 2017

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by Laura Schuman
2017 Brings me my third year of having the honor of being on the ROTH team for the Expo.  Fortunately, I had discovered that the expo occurs on my Spring Break, and since Boulder is my home, I am able to slip in a quick visit with my mother before heading for the several day event of long hard hours of lots and lots of work, plus horses galore!  We all love to grumble, the days get intensely long, but I rather doubt any of us on the team don’t on some level love what we are doing…based on our firm belief in, faith, and absolute loyalty to Anna Twinney and her nonstop authenticity for the horses (and their people).  And of course, Vin.  I would be remiss to not mention Vin’s undying leadership (ahem) and assignment of tasks.  He likes that booth a ‘certain way’…often not at all the same as Anna…..and on we go!
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“A highlight from our time at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!
YouTube video footage coming soon. Deep gratitude to Anna Twinney for her generous heart endorsement for the Nokotas!” ~ Mari Rubens
Hello Anna and team,
 
My Mum and I attended a few of your clinics at the Rocky Mountain Expo this weekend, we really enjoyed your sessions and learned a lot about horse communication.
 
We recently adopted 2 young BLM Mustangs, a 2yr old mare, and a 3yr old gelding. I had been struggling to get a good connection with the gelding for months. When we got home today, I gave him full eye contact and used some of the body language cues you showed in the expo, and we finally had a breakthrough! He was much more responsive to me in the pasture and the round pen, and a lot more respectful of my space (he’s usually very pushy).
 
Thank you so much for the excellent advice, and for sharing your knowledge!
 
Kind Regards,
 
Megan Sprot
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L: The R.M.H.E. is a time of connection and communication not only with horses but with talented friends, partners and peers too!  Anna was absolutely delighted to meet up with Frank Kuntz, brother of Leo Kuntz, whom Anna supported in North Dakota, gentling the wild Nokota horses.  During the expo she was honored to support the Nokota horse conservancy in her life lessons at liberty demonstration; a highlight of the weekend for sure!  
 
R: A rose between two thorns!  This was a time to become acquainted and reacquainted with horse experts Mike Brashear and Justin Dunn.  Anna has spent two decades bringing horsemen and women together for the good of the horse!

 

 

Student Spotlight: Elaine and Clea Reach Out to Untouched Mustangs at Whisper’s Sanctuary in Arizona

Tucked into the Canelo Hills in the mountains of Southern Arizona is a place of healing for animals in need.  Whisper’s Sanctuary is a 501c3 nonprofit lifetime home for animals who are unwanted, abused, or retired from public service.  Begun in 2005, the Sanctuary is now home to over 50 animals, many of whom are long-time residents.  The Sanctuary sponsors a children’s educational program to teach about good stewardship – that animals are part of the family and not “disposable.” The Sanctuary also offers therapeutic day programs for adults and families, with the capacity for weekend workshops with guests staying at our Bed & Breakfast.  Our main fundraising venture is Sparky’s Cantina, a vegetarian, vegan and allergy-friendly food trailer that frequents special events and retails food and desserts through a local co-op market.
Whisper’s Sanctuary is the dream come true for the late Ross Romeo and his wife Toni Leo.  Toni has carried on the dream of providing a beautiful, safe place for healing for humans and animals.  Toni is the volunteer Sanctuary director and part-time animal caretaker, and also the volunteer chef for the Cantina!  She operates the B & B and also has a “day job” to keep the Sanctuary afloat.  Donations are greatly appreciated, with 100% of funds received going directly toward the cost of feed and healthcare for the animals.
Current residents include horses, donkeys, mules, goats, geese, chickens, dogs, and a barn cat.  We would love for you to visit us and experience the magic of Whisper’s Sanctuary.  We frequently need animal caretakers, too, so if you are interested in working for us please be in touch!  www.rrheartranch.com
Val’s Story of Rescue at Whisper’s Sanctuary and her Connection with ROTH’s own Certified Trainer/Instructor, Elaine Ackerly:
It was one of those moments when I asked myself  “oh goodness, what have you done this time?”
Whisper’s Sanctuary is a place of last resort for many animals out of options.  We home the leftovers, the unwanteds.  A friend was headed to South Dakota to pick up a load of mustangs from a failed sanctuary.  I was intrigued.  Over 800 needing homes.  She inquired what I wanted.  I responded, “you know me, I’ll take whomever is left.”
Valentine is a lovely, large bay mare from the White Sands, New Mexico lineage who was born at a sanctuary in South Dakota.  An orphan foal, she was bottle raised.  Currently estimated at age 6, she retains hind end lameness due to malnutrition.  Val was bound for another rescue who was unable to take her.  It was one of those moments that one wishes “no” was an option,  but it just wasn’t.
I anxiously arrived home after a long day at work.  It was hard to see in the dark, but there were only two horses in the corral, not three.  I was informed that Val wouldn’t load, and the men who tried said she was out of control.  One, a very experienced horseman, thought she might be “dangerous”.  So Val stayed at his ranch, boarded, while we figured out what we were going to do with her.  Euthanasia?  I just knew there would be no way I could handle a wild, out of control horse thought to be possibly dangerous.  What were we going to do?
A friend suggested I contact Anna Twinney.  Anna’s website resonated with me.  I watched a video on Facebook of the man boarding Val.  Although highly skilled, he is a conventional horse trainer.  He was puzzled by her behavior.  He said she didn’t know how to be a horse, and he couldn’t understand why.  He moved her about a round pen.  My heart sunk. I learned Val’s history.  I knew I needed Anna’s help.
Val needed emotional healing, not a round pen.  A mare lame on both hind legs endured a 1400 mile trip from South Dakota to Southern Arizona.  Maybe she wouldn’t load back on a trailer a day later because she was in pain. A scared orphan in a new place, no one to reassure her.  Alone, in pain, with no one who understood.
After an email exchange, Anna Twinney called me.  I was in shock.  An equestrian celebrity called me.  Anna offered to send us her DVD set about gentling wild horses.  That was so kind.  Then she offered to send an internet request to her network of students to inquire if anyone might be willing to volunteer to come to Arizona to help Val.
I communicated with Elaine Ackerly and Clea Hall. We found we had some things in common and they agreed to visit to work with Val.  I am still in awe at how these two very accomplished and busy women put their lives (and incomes) on hold to help our mustangs.  Elaine visited for eight days, Clea visited for five days.  During that time Elaine worked with Val while Clea worked with Chante and Canela (our other two SD mustangs).  Clea used energy work/healing with all three mustangs in addition to Anna’s ROTH techniques.  They taught me techniques that were very helpful and easy to understand from the perspective of someone with no horse training experience.
Within a few days of their arrival, with hours of Elaine and Clea simply being present with the mustangs, transformations started to occur.  Although I had been in Val’s corral frequently to muck and feed, this time she quietly stood with me by her side.  It was one of those moments when I believed for the first time that there was hope for Val.  You have come all this way, Val, and you are finally home.
Elaine and Clea are inspiring.  Their knowledge, kindness, and willingness to help us has been amazing.  I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for the mustangs, and myself as their caretaker.  Elaine and Clea are both truly a blessing.  Our paths have crossed for many reasons, for which I am grateful.  Thank you so much for giving us hope.
All said and done, with rave reviews from Whisper’s Sanctuary…
Hi Anna,
thank you for emailing and for your interest in the Sanctuary.  Elaine and Clea were such great horsewomen and made progress with the mustangs.  I was appreciative for them teaching me some of the basics, and I will continue to use the videos that you sent as a guide.  I have also told several others in similar situations with unhandled horses about your work to spread the word about what you do.
Thank you so much for your kindness in so many ways.  Your work is already benefitting the horses here and I can only see that growing exponentially in the future with our therapy programs too.
Toni
Below watch Elaine and Clea as they Reach Out for first touches and more with the mustangs at Whisper’s Sanctuary.

 

 

For more info on how you can learn to Reach Out to the Untouched Horse, visit us at:

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Thankful Tidings: A Holiday Salute to our Students and Followers

 

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What they undertook to do They brought to pass; All things hang like a drop of   dew Upon a blade of grass.
~ Lewis Carroll~

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ANNA?

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’Tis the time of year to celebrate and reflect the recent months watching our global ROTH HHC participants graduate the  horse whispering certification program with each and everyone wearing their “I survived ROTH” t-shirts with such pride.  We celebrated the graduation of four tremendously dedicated and talented ROTH trainers who came to CO from NM, CA, Denmark and Germany to return to their respective homes to represent us triumphantly!  Each and every journey unique as they discovered their gifts and talents in support of horses globally.  Today we offer you the same chance to witness the appreciation, joy and wonders we share.  These are magical moments captured as we attract people who seek their true life’s purpose and discover them selves, their voice and their dreams in the process.  

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ANNA IN THE NEWS:

Truly honored and humbled to see myself (ROTH) on the news in Morocco! Strange and exciting to see another language in another alphabet scroll under clips featuring my visit and courses there. 

Did you miss our Morocco visit?

 

In Partnership:

A year ago, we were delighted to be a part of the launch of Horse Lifestyle TV, (think Netflix for horse people). This beautiful video is in celebration of the one year anniversary of this fantastic addition to the lives of horse lovers everywhere. We are happy to be a part of this service!

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ASK ANNA:

Video answers to ongoing questions

1. We are often presented with questions about horses who have suffered traumatic beginnings or events and how it relates into their behavior, meet Sparrow.
2. We reintroduce the idea of ponying to help youngsters ease more comfortably into their new roles.
3.  Finally, a fantastic example of the trainer circuit buzz word “desensitize” (we prefer positive terms like adapt and adjust). While introducing objects is fairly straightforward, it’s tougher to arrange for horses to any hear noisy environments they might encounter. We can’t recommend the Spook Busting CD series enough and they make great Christmas gifts!
Ponying as a valuable lesson during colt starting and beyond! 
Sound spookbusting: Moving horses from concern into coping…
CONNECTIONS MATTER:
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I am overdue from my self imposed timeline to tell you about the 2nd of my three heroes by the new year, that would be Anna Twinney of Reach Out to Horses/ Anna Twinney Holistic HorsemanshipAnimal Communication with Anna Twinney.
In 2013, I adopted 3 “Mustangs” – TNT, Muppet, and Jethro – from a rescue in No CA, Hooves and Angels – I had never owned a horse before, let alone 3 that were not really gentled. The challenge of these 3 horses mirrored the challenges of my life at the time and it was overwhelming. I went to Reach Out to Horses website and found a buried link to buy 12 remote training sessions w Anna. I think she was taken by surprise and I believe was saying to herself “WTF did this woman get herself into?”
However, she took charge and took me on to train…I watched all of her training DVDs and for the next 6 months I would video tape my assignments w each horse, edit them, and then 1-2 times a week, Anna would spend 1-2 hours going over every single move, look, and nuance of energy of me with each of my three horses, critiquing and training me – major success! Over the next 2 years I went to several of her workshops and also completed all 3 of her Holistic Horsemanship Certification courses. The most beloved clinic w Anna was the clinic in which we gentled orphaned untouched foals –I adopted my fabulous 3 mo old colt, DJ from this clinic.
I can honestly say that Anna turned me into someone who can develop a deep relationship with horses and am comfortable handling and working with any and all of them.
Anna then went on to speak to all of my animals through Animal Communication over several months.
And because of all the things I was personally going through at the time, she brought me out of the murky mud I was stuck in. ~ Val, Arizona
KIDS CORNER
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STUDENT SUCCESS
Student? Family? Who can tell the difference?
We are very proud of our newest Certified ROTH Instructor, Elaine Ackerly!  It has been a road full of trials and tribulations, heartache and pain, joy and exuberation.  We have watched her grow into a confident and competent instructor of the language of Equus and the ROTH methodologies.  Her desire to make the world a better place for all horses is only surpassed by her giant heart and the love she has for our equine companions. We would welcome her into the ROTH family but she’s been an invaluable member for many years already.  We wish her the very best as she spreads her wings and fulfills her destiny.  

Elaine writes: Although you have taught me a great many things outside of horsemanship, and one of those that is most apparent is my improved writing skills; I can’t seem to write anything at this time in gratitude.
Where would one begin? 
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THROUGH THE EYES OF ONE VIEWER: THE INTUITIVE RIDING EXPERIENCE
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If you asked me what I believed a good horseman to be when I was ten, I would have said someone who could ride their horse in a halter.  If you’d asked me when I was sixteen, I would have said someone who could ride a high-performance horse in a halter, mostly because I’d never seen that.  If you asked when I was twenty, I would have said someone who is gentle and who can get the most out their horse without resulting to physical abuse.  If you’d asked me when I was thirty, I would have said first of all I’m twenty-eight, and …

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Join Anna for Part of Stepper’s Journey Through Rehabilitation After His Rescue

If you had the privilege of joining us at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for the Trainer’s Day in October, you probably saw Stepper, who was showcased during the second half of the day and who was handled by ROTH Certified Trainer, Liv Bjerre.  He was a little nervous with the crowd and the speakers, but with patience and compassion for his situation he has been coming around.  Anna found a lovely home for him that day and she continues to support them in their journey together as they learn about each other and how to communicate effectively.  Below are some videos as an update on his progress and Anna shares her invaluable wisdom, as always, in her life-long effort to support the horses and the people who love them.  Enjoy!

We do what you do…is a statement I hear all the time. Many round pen, but few understand the intricacies of the language of the horse, how to ask and not tell, how to listen and not speak, how to feel and be felt, how to put an intention behind an action, how to materialize a thought and how to tie it all together so that it becomes a flowing conversation without force, fear, or dominance. This is the art of reading a horse so to be able to impart first impressions, get to know one another, establish a mutually trusting relationship and discover who we have become and why that may be. We all have choices as to who we wish to be in this world and yet many fail the horses in their care. Allow this majestic, sensitive draft horse to share his story today through a non-verbal language at liberty and listen as I interpret his actions for you – a process made to appear easy. Recently returned from a failed adoption, rescued and re-rescued…now it’s time for Stepper to manifest the home of his dreams and this is just the beginning.

Once a gentle, innocent soul, Stepper found himself with a guardian who saw his potential and simply over faced him. Changing a dressage aid into a tool of terror he found himself at the end of the road of life before he was brought home and rescued for a 2nd time. Through patience and a kind assessment, it became clear just how much they had intimidated this gentle giant to the point of self defense. This was all about to change…as he embarked on a course in ROTH.

An initial conversation at liberty established a fundamental trust-based partnership, a mutual understanding and clarity around one another’s body-language nuances (part I). Advancing into ground-driving allowed for a deeper exploration of this rescued soul, providing a solid foundation to base our training program. Each step of the way his voice and needs heard and taken into consideration. Listen to the commentary to gain a greater understanding of the unspoken liaison between horse and handler.

Sparrow’s Story: A Challenging Orphan Filly Who Few Could Handle with Care

Orphaned, severely injured and left to die as a foal she found her way to a rescue where she was nurtured back to health living among other wild horses.  Orphan foals often develop dangerous behavior patterns, find it challenging to integrate with other horses and can come to harm – a situation Sparrow found herself in once again during transportation as she fought for her life.  Watch ROTH founder, Anna Twinney, communicate with Sparrow at liberty to discover her true story and create a trust-based partnership and specialized training program based on the language of the horse. Asked to connect & communicate, where others could not, Anna devised a program to prepare Sparrow for the longest journey of her life – a trip home.  When raised correctly orphan foals speak Equus too!  A clip dedicated to all those horses who fight for their lives and possess the warrior energy – it’s worth it!