Die, Pony, Die

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DIE, PONY, DIE –

TRNP (Theodore Roosevelt National Park) Wild Horse Management Plan

For the last 40 years, Leo and Frank Kuntz have been involved in helping to preserve a historically genetic and threatened type of horse, the Nokota®, the horse of the Northern Plains natives. There are less than a thousand of this type of horse alive today.

This horse was a gift to the Plains natives from their creator. The horse pulled their travois, the buffalo horse was for hunting, and the most prized was the war horse, the fastest and strongest.

During the mid-1800s, policy was to destroy everything when the military took a village. Homes, clothing and food were burned and many of their horses were shot or their throats slit.

Even after the natives were put on reservations, the cavalry was sent in to round-up the native type horse under the premise they were carrying disease and either shoot them or sent them to auction.

This type of horse was in the TRNP when it was fenced in the early 1950s. Park policy then became total elimination of the horses in the Park. Box canyon type round-ups were attempted, with little success; hay was poisoned and fed; local ranchers were hired to rope some and others were shot.

Fortunately, some local residents and others asked ND congressional delegates in DC to help. The TRNP decided to keep the horses as a historical demonstration herd.

This all changed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. TRNP superintendent Harvey Wickware made the decision to change the geno- and phenotype of the wild horse herd. They introduced domestic studs (quarter horse, shire-cross, and an Arabian) who could not compete with the wild native studs to keep and maintain a mare band. So policy became the removal of the Native wild studs, allowing the introduced domestic studs to make an impact on the herd. They did this by using helicopters and outriders to roundup the wild horses. Their first attempt in the early 1980s was a total disaster. They lost a number of horses running long distances in the heat.

During subsequent roundups, the TRNP targeted the native type studs and lead mares. At the 1986 roundup, Leo and Frank Kuntz purchased 52 head at the TRNP wild horse auction. There they also met Castle McLaughlin, who at the time was working as an intern with the TRNP, and who in 1987 was given a grant to research the history of the wild horses in TRNP, which was funded in part by a grant from the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association. Dr. Castle McLaughlin is currently associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Her chronicled research showed that the wild horses in TRNP were descended from the Northern Plains natives and the turn of the century ranch horses, with strong historical connections to Sitting Bull and his sub chiefs, the Marquis deMores (founder of the town of Medora, ND), Theodore Roosevelt (rancher in western ND and US President), and AC Huidekoper (who ran the largest horse ranch in the world at one time near Amidon, ND). In the 1991 TRNP roundup, The Kuntz brothers were successful at getting the national park to start blood testing their horses and to take out the introduced domestic studs, but what the TRNP didn’t tell people was that most of the shire cross’ offspring were left in the Park. It was suggested that inbreeding could become a problem with the response being that they knew what they were doing.

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Blood work was done only on horses that were being sold. The TRNP sold 62 head of horses and the brothers bought 11 that were the old native type.

The blood was sent to Dr. Gus Cothran at the University of Kentucky. There were 10 horses he called TRNP old-line, adding that they were “extremely divergent” from any other domestic breed.

In 2009, the TRNP started using an experimental contraceptive drug called GonaCon, requiring a yearly injection to prevent pregnancy. They began to study the herd to see what effects the drug was having regarding social structure. The study’s credibility is questionable.

The TRNPs last 40 years of ‘management’ (or mismanagement as it were) has resulted in a horse herd with less genetic diversity and the changing of a historically correct geno- and phenotype horse, as well as culling the younger horses which will result in an older herd dying off of old age, especially with the continued use of the experimental drug GonaCon.

In a report called Genetic diversity and origin of the feral horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, published on Aug 1, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200795, it states, “It is recommended that new genetic stock be introduced and that adaptive management principles are employed to ensure that unique mitochondrial lineages are preserved and genetic diversity is increased and maintained over time”.

This is a national park. They should NOT be breeding into extinction a genetically, historically correct horse.  There is a need for an interpretive center on the horses, and the slow reintroduction of the Nokota® horses back into the TRNP.

Now is the time for the TRNP to do their job … and their job is to do what is right!  The TRNP should reintroduce the type of horse that was there before and when the park was fenced, which is the Nokota® horse.

It is time to acknowledge the Northern Plains people’s history, horses, and horse culture. The Native peoples’ unique history and culture is a very important part of this Nation’s history.

The Nokota® horses need your help. Please contact Blake McCann, TRNP Wildlife Biologist at blake@nps.gov and Superintendent Wendy Ross at (701) 623-4466 and ask them to do what is right for the horses.

Frank Kuntz

Executive Director & Co-founder, Nokota Horse Conservancy®

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Frank Kuntz at 701-321-2320.

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A Voice for the Voiceless, A Balm for Hearts, A Boost for Good Causes, A Time to Expand

Anna Twinney’s lifelong quest to create harmony for humans and horses expands to public speaking

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Elizabeth, Jan 17, 2019 (Issuewire.com)  – It is the off-travel season for veteran equine professional Anna Twinney and yet it’s her peak season behind the scenes as she creates the New Year’s calendar, launches online courses and writes books. Her winters are cherished times with her young son, Joseph, and her husband, Vincent. The rest of the year, Anna is rarely home. Her passion, her business, and her moral directive take her around the globe to help people and horses connect on a deeper level, for multiple purposes. While her travels will never completely cease, the future will see Anna embracing new opportunities to share her message in story form, on the stage. With one book published and another one in the queue, be on the lookout for Anna Twinney on the speaking circuit in the near future.

Anna realizes the power of making a life-changing difference in just touching one life.  “It’s time to expand and reach more people”, Anna explains. “We are limited with the amount of change we can make through workshops. The experiences I’ve had, the lessons I’ve learned from a lifetime of helping people find themselves so they can connect with animals has given me so many powerful stories of hope, love, kindness, wisdom, inspiration, and insight. Times are intense and turbulent. Imagine the impact yet to be made through collaboration. I’m looking forward to working from a stage and helping hundreds if not thousands of people with these talks,” she continued.

Anna started her career with the idea that she’d combine her experience as a police officer with horsemanship in order to help her fellow officers, military veterans, and survivors of traumatic experiences. Her natural talent for teaching, along with her insight into equine behavior blossomed into a perpetual world tour and a revolution in horsemanship. While her heart truly knows no borders, she’s most fulfilled when she’s working to help those who’ve given of themselves to protect and serve others.

Each year, Anna works with dozens of nonprofits to create events to elevate skill and knowledge surrounding horses (as well as other animals). Nearly all of those events are designed to help raise funds to assist the charities in their work. In an effort to expand her reach, Anna put together a DVD titled, “In Partnership with Horses” and offered it at no charge to one thousand facilities around the globe. The DVD is still available. Anna’s schedule, however, is full. She’s booked solid, often 18 to 24 months in advance.

To learn more about Anna’s work in Equine Facilitated Learning visit: https://annatwinneyevents.com/2018/04/29/the-orgin-of-passion/

To order “In Partnership with Horses” visit: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/dvd.html

To discuss a speaking engagement please email vin@reachouttohorses.com

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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.

 

Click above or here to be taken to Part 2 of the Podcast!

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! 
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