Once a year in Colorado Anna selects a rescue or therapy barn where she chooses to give back to the horses with her Reiki for Horses class. This year ROTH landed at Drifter’s Heart of Hope in Franktown, CO, and luckily so. Thanks go, in particular, to Jacqui Avis, who manages the facility, because she was an integral piece in our success as she pointed us to the horses who had the needs and the capability to be a part of the class. To Jacqui and her lovely staff of volunteers, thank you for making this class go off without a hitch!
Reiki Healing is about reciprocity, compassion, love and light. Literally it is the subject matter at hand, and the students practice their craft as they develop the skills necessary to evaluate, interact, and support horses energetically. We ask so much of our horses from day to day, and supporting them with Reiki is an imperative part of maintaining their physical and emotional well being.
As I walked the aisles and rows of horses and got details on their histories, it became immediately apparent that the ONLY other destination for most of these horses would have been the kill pen. Some may have better chances than others because their rehabilitation is more mental and emotional than physical, or vice versa, but it was obvious that the hearts of the people behind Drifter’s are indeed Hearts of Hope.
We wanted to share some of our images with you all so you can see what a great day we had and to promote the idea of giving back to those horses who support us without question, and sometimes without option.
The morning began in the indoor, after the lecture of course, and students were assigned horses on whom they needed to determine the state of each Chakra and then go to work to balance them.
Some horses are much more receptive to hands-on Reiki while others received “beamed” Reiki healing for their comfort. A lucky pair of students were even joined by a friend of the Feline family to soak up the “borrowed benefit” of a healing energetic environment.
Students worked on learning how to determine when a horse wants them to move from one Chakra to the next, what is a yes and what is a no, asking permission, watching for the registers of successful energy healing, and how to determine when the horse shares that they have received all the Reiki they need and the healing session is over.
No pony is too small to receive healing energy! Glitter certainly enjoyed her time to shine and took a solid nap during her healing session.
Christine worked on Horris the mule, who joined us after many years of belonging to a driving team in the mountains. When we approached Horris’ stall to bring him in he was apprehensive, to put it mildly; however, once Horris experienced our intention and the power behind the Reiki Healing Energy, he became our resident “Reiki Junkie” and even appeared later in the afternoon for a second session, this time entirely willingly! The grey gelding, Sarge, was another who was concerned about our intentions for his otherwise sleepy Sunday. But after about 10 minutes he could feel the difference in what we were doing and happily obliged by relaxing for over two hours.
After lunch there was more instruction in the classroom and then we headed to the pastures, paddocks, and stalls to work on horses in a more natural environment. Anna calls these “Love Lessons,” where we connect directly with the horse’s heart Chakra and allow them to use us as a vehicle to express their emotions that otherwise might not have an outlet. Horses cry tears through our students, and it’s not entirely about us healing them, because plenty of students walk away from the Love Lessons feeling entirely transformed and healed themselves.
Anna began with a brief demonstration on a black gelding and then students moved into the paddocks and pastures and allowed the horses to choose with whom they wanted to engage in healing. Some took wild advantage of student after student, and others focused on one person in particular who they preferred. Some horses even chose to refrain altogether, and remained at their feeder while allowing others to receive the healing they needed. That is always ok, because each horse has a say in their own healing.
As horses can feel the difference in a true Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki Master, some of the horses chose to try to monopolize Anna’s attention for their own benefit. Anna is always happily amused to receive their affection!
Toward the end of the Love Lessons we headed to one last set of pastures where some of the horses from our morning sessions go to afternoon turn out. One in particular who was reluctant to be brought in for the morning sessions (until he realized how exactly his day was shaping up) figured out that he had yet another opportunity to soak in the healing love. ROTH student, Sharon Tiraschi, then called Sarge and Mariah in from turnout with only her heart. Both horses queued up for their opportunity to experience the Love Lessons from Sharon. It was a beautiful transformation for Sarge from the morning to the afternoon.
And many others were sought out for their Love Lessons and eternally compassionate souls. Truly all who participated at Drifter’s were healed and healers alike.
Again, we would like to thank Drifter’s Hearts of Hope in Franktown, Colorado, for the use of their lovely facility and the benefit of working with their wonderful horses. Our gratitude to Manager, Jacqui Avis, for all her help and guidance in helping us choose horses and best utilize the facility. We would also like to thank the students who put their faith in the horses to show them, guide them, and teach them what they need to learn, and they did. ROTH students often come from far and wide to join us on these events and then they carry the message back home with them in an attempt to help humans with horses understand what it is to truly support and give back to the animals we love and who routinely give us their all.
To ROTH Certified Trainer, Jill Haase, thank you for helping move such a large number of horses and for helping keep eyes peeled to keep students safe who were not necessarily experienced horse people. And thanks be to Jill for always keeping it light and keeping the laughs and the smiles rolling, because why not?
Lastly, THANK YOU, to Anna Twinney. Your mission coming to life in this way must make you proud and I hope you smile when you think of the breadth and depth of your reach within the lives of horses and their people. Your sacrifices and hard work do not go unnoticed. For someone with the soul of a true healer, you have a warrior spirit and dedication to spreading the messages of love, compassion, and clear communication everywhere you go. Thank you for being you, Anna!
Images by Lacey Knight
A Special “Thank You” came from Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, a rescue with whom we are SO BLESSED to partner year after year.
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 years Trainers Course, and Miss Anna Twinney herself.
It is with tremendous pride that Anna and Reach Out to Horses welcome our newly certified trainers to the fold. They have worked tirelessly, some since as far back as 2006, to develop their passion for and mastery of the Reach Out to Horses practices and methodologies. To Dora, Ben, Lani, and Jill, CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment! Your dedication and persistence have certainly paid off! Welcome to the ROTH family and we are so pleased that we get to continue to watch each of you grow as you go out into the world and bring the ROTH flavor of Natural Horsemanship to the horses and their people!
A Trainer’s Exam Kind of Wonderful Day!
On Sunday, October 29th, Reach Out to Horses brought our day of Holistic Horsemanship to a number of interested folks as we watched our trainers strut their stuff! Hosted by Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, the day was a great success as our four trainers demonstrated the types of things they had been working on throughout the week. With Anna narrating it was much easier to note the subtle pieces of communication being exchanged between the horses and the trainers. All of the proceeds went to Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, particularly to care for their two newest editions, the Hallelujah Horses, Ariel and Saphiel.
Elaine Nash, of Fleet of Angels and the Hallelujah Horses, was in attendance to see how the two mustangs had progressed over the week. Hoping to find them homes through the event, all of the proceeds went to Zuma’s Rescue Ranch to support in the effort. Pictured here are Jodi, our most lovely host at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Elaine, and Anna. The Rescue was supported, the mustangs received critical training to help better their chances of finding a forever home, and our ROTH trainers had excellent horses with whom to work as they honed their skills and learned to truly capture the whisper. A win for everyone!
Reach Out to Horses would like to thank everyone who attended the event and who supported our trainers, the Rescue, and the Hallelujah Horses. We also want to thank those who shared with us their four-legged companions so that our trainers would have an excellent experience and horses/burros who would help them develop the subtle skills that are such an integral part of everything ROTH. We want to thank all of our supporters as this event was a hit! THANK YOU!!!
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Annual Fundraiser for The Cloud Foundation
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Oct.2, 2017) Enjoy a fun-filled evening and support a great cause by attending The Cloud Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction. The event at the Arvada Events Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO. will include appearances by Ginger Kathrens, Emmy-Award Winning producer, cinematographer, award-winning author and founder of The Cloud Foundation and Adam Bartley, well-known TV star from Longmire. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a rescued mustang, Piccolo and burro, Dylan. Numerous items will be available in our silent auction and Cloud merchandise will be available for purchase. The Oct. 12 event is from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and the cost is $75.00 per person.
Funds raised will aid The Cloud Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect wild horses and burros on public lands. Kathrens, Executive Director and Founder of The Cloud Foundation has advocated for wild horses and burros since 1994. Her journey with wild horses has been compared to Jane Goodall’s experience with Chimpanzees. Her documentation of the wild stallion Cloud in three films produced for WNET’s Nature series on PBS represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere. Kathrens was appointed to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in April 2016.
The Cloud Foundation advocates for the management of wild horses and burros “on the range” using safe and effective fertility control vaccine, and actively promotes recruitment of volunteers to help document and manage herds on their native lands. Currently BLM rounds up thousands of wild horses and burros each year and stockpiles them in feedlot style corrals at taxpayer expense. BLM is now considering slaughtering over to 50,000 wild horses and burros in their facilities as a way to cut costs, instead of pursuing humane and economically feasible “on the range” management strategies endorsed by The Cloud Foundation.
The Cloud Foundation, is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger’s knowledge and fear for wild horses and burros in the West. “I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says. “They are rounded up by the thousands, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family.
Paula Todd King
The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.