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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Connections Matter… A FREE Webinar for the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

DON’T GIVE UP!
FREE Coaching Webinar for the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

We just finished up our 2017 Animal Communication Mentorship Program and many of our graduates are excited to take their new found (or newly refined) skills to the world, and help as many animals (and their people) as they can.

But when it comes to creating a business out of animal communication, healing, horses, or any service-based business really, it’s easy to look around and think, it’s all too aggravating, too hard, too scary… It’s all just too much. Before you know it, you are paralyzed, unable to move forward on the exciting dream you had.

This is why our good friend, Business Miracles Mentor, Heather Dominick, created a really unique LIVE webinar class specifically for highly sensitive people like you. She will teach you things like:

what to do when you feel overwhelmed so it doesn’t stop you in your tracks
what you need to prioritize during your business day (so it feels good, gets done and generates income)
who you need to speak to in order to attract your ideal clients (and how it doesn’t need to feel all that intimidating)

She’ll be teaching this class on Tuesday, January 10th – Just click this link to get your seat: https://energyrich.isrefer.com/go/webinar/AnnaTwinney

Heather says that for Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs it can be tempting, when it all feels like too much, to shut down, contract, and try to protect yourself at all costs (or go into chaotic, panicky road runner mode). When what’s actually happening is that you are receiving a call to OPEN UP, not give up!

It’s an opportunity to consider the possibility that there might be another way.

That’s exactly what she’ll be teaching you on this LIVE webinar class… and it’s FREE. Click here to register: https://energyrich.isrefer.com/go/webinar/AnnaTwinney

As you know, we don’t often promote other people or other programs. We believe in earning, and keeping, your trust. We don’t want to waste your time selling everything under the sun for a few extra dollars.

We only tell you about people and programs that we consider effective and special. Heather is one of those people, and her coaching for Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs is one of those programs.

The webinar is free and Heather, like us, won’t waste your time. She is filling that webinar with content-rich material.

You’ve got nothing to lose but the fears and habits that are holding you back!

2018 is calling for Business Miracles!

P.S. Almost forgot. She’ll be opening up the floor for a LIVE Q&A at the end, too. So be sure to get your seat here: https://energyrich.isrefer.com/go/webinar/AnnaTwinney

ROTH Connects with Rescues and Non-Profit Organizations!

Non-profit support

“Every Year ROTH brings their training methods and clinics to Zuma’s, paying a facility fee and assisting with the training of horses. These clinics and the funding they generate help to offset the cost of the healing herd here at Zuma’s, as well as assist in getting some of the herd trained.” – Zuma’s
To Jodi and the Zuma’s Staff, we return the gratitude as you always provide us a magnificent facility and wonderful horses with whom to practice and share the methods. We appreciate all you do for the horses. A very sincere and heart felt thank you right back at you guys!

 

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Pictured are Jodi Messenich, owner and operator of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Elaine Nash of Fleet of Angels, who provided us with untouched mustangs for this year’s Trainer’s Course, and Anna. 

 

 

Anna’s New Book, Blind Leap of Faith, in the News!

The first chapter of Anna’s new book was previewed in The Horse’s Hoof, a publication with whom we have been happy to partner over 2017, and now into 2018!
Blind Leap of Faith
Aptly named, Anna’s forthcoming book, out in late 2018, is the tale of her courageous decision to leave life, love, and a career behind in pursuit of a dream. She also shares how her foundation as a professional in the horse industry began and developed.
Many don’t know about Anna’s time at Flag is Up Farms with the legendary Monty Roberts® and all that she did in the early part of her career. Blind Leap of Faith™; A horsewoman’s journey with the legendary Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts® chronicles key  stories from that time, including her experience as a British police officer and the emotional turmoil it caused. You’ll get a glimpse into how Anna became who she is today, her time with Monty and her mentor, Crawford Hall, and some of the horses that influenced her the most along the way.
As a special holiday treat, we have released the first prologue chapter for you to read FREE!  We hope you enjoy this little sneak peek.
An Excerpt from Blind Leap of Faith
All Roads Lead to Flag
“PC 4244 Twinney, you are required to report in.” My heart sank as I heard those familiar words jump out of the patrol car radio, I instantly felt nauseous. My intuition must have kicked in because I asked my colleague to pull over. I quickly leaped out of the Panda, the endearing nickname we gave our small patrol car, and began to heave, shake, and cry.  As the only rape trained officer on duty I knew I had no choice but to comply. It was my second rape investigation call for that week and my body was telling me that I could not cope with another. 
Click on the Link below to read the rest of the chapter NOW! 
The password to read the chapter is sneakpeek

 

A Long-Awaited Release for the Next Generation of Horsemanship

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PRE-ORDER BONUS!!!

A lifetime of learning and several decades of passing along my vision comes together in this compilation of short stories. I am proud and honored to be coaching phenomenally dedicated, committed and talented individuals who recognize the importance and evolution of the ROTH methodologies. The time has come for us to grow our tribe and thus expand our ripple effect globally. Meet 10 of our graduates (there are many more who will be displayed on our new website too!!!), including my husband, Vincent, who is a powerful force behind this project. We invite you to pre-order our book to receive the FREE gift of our exclusive webinar with myself and a number of the co-authors.

Congratulations to the next chapter in your lives:)!

 

Pre-Order your copy of Escaping Tradition by December 31st and you will receive special access to our Next Generation of Horsemanship Launch Webinar FREE! You will be able to talk with Anna and some of our contributing authors and learn all about Collaborative Horsemanship, the value and power of giving your horse a voice, and how you can incorporate it into your relationship and training with your own horses.

Pre-Order Price: $14.95

Release Date Early 2018

Click on the Pre-Order Link Here!

From Hoof to Heart: Bridging Gaps Between Horses and People

Man’s relationship with horses dates back millennia. The progress of humanity and of industry is, in large part, due to the sweat and toil of these magnificent animals.
Even today, the world is torn between animal welfare and human desires. It’s sufficed to say that the word “relationship” is somewhat of an overstatement when classifying the co-existence of man and horse.

If the horse could speak, they might say the “relationship” is tumultuous, at best.

Today, horses are used less for work and more for pleasure. The horse industry sports an eight billion dollar a year economic impact in the United States alone. Still, the manner in which man communicates with horses is often tainted with force, myths, scare tactics and gadgetry.

Enter Anna Twinney, a respected authority on interspecies communication, the language of the horse and energy healing. Twinney, with her sunny smile, blonde locks, and lilting British accent is known as a “horse whisperer”.

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Twinney is a 20 plus year veteran of gentle horse training methodology. She initially studied with Monty Roberts, who came into the limelight after the popularity of the major motion picture “The Horse Whisperer”. Over the years, her hands-on experience, her dutiful observations of horses in the wild and her unique perceptions have developed into her own way of interacting she calls “Reach Out to Horses”.

Twinney seeks to help horse owners and lovers learn the language of the horse. She works to help them understand the energy and sometimes baggage they bring into a session with their horses. It’s all in an effort to create harmonious interactions that bring joy and happiness to both the horse and human. In addition to her desire to bridge the communication gap, Twinney is committed to helping nonprofits that help to rescue, rehabilitate and ready all types of equines. The vast majority of her work gives back financially to the facilities and programs she works with.

Twinney is fond of the adage “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” … without a complete education in the subtle communication of the horse, a language that goes far beyond simple body language and physical cues, people are lost as to how to accomplish anything, Twinney explains.

“Usually, people use force, fear, and gadgets to bend the horse to their will. Some people are cognizant that their choices are poor and some are oblivious. My mission is to give a voice to the horses and show people a way to work with compassion and cooperation, not coercion,” Twinney states.

Currently, Twinney travels the globe helping people who wish to work in concert with horses and seek a gentle and non-intrusive way to communicate. Usually, a training facility or a group of like-minded individuals will call Twinney to come and spend a few days with them in a structured, educational environment.

This summer will land Twinney in four different locations beginning July 24th in aid of untrained humans needing help with their young horses at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, CO, on to sweet foals in need of basic training to be adopted and more easily cared for.  She’ll fly to sunny California to work with untouched wild horses at a mustang sanctuary and finally, the courses will culminate in Arizona where Anna will teach horse owners dealing with behavior issues. These four unique courses are designed for students who wish to expand their understanding into everything from babies, youngsters, wild, and behaviorally challenged.

These courses may be taken together or individually, but do require a prerequisite. To learn more about what each course entails and the programs and horses that will be a part of the educational scope, follow the link here: t.e2ma.net/message/rsftp/fbi6zs
To learn more about the many unique ROTH programs and Anna Twinney, visit www.ReachOutToHorses.com

Reach Out to Horses, founded by Anna Twinney, exists to give a voice to the voiceless. A comprehensive education in the language of the horse for the purpose of deep connection, better understanding and eliminating force and fear in horse training.

Reach Out to Horses
Vin Mancarella
Vin@ReachOuttoHorses.com
PO Box 1913
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Office: (303) 642-7341