Reaching Out to Horses in the Round Pen

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Reach Out to Horses by Anna Twinney

Horses have walked this Earth for more than 54 million years.  While some do not consider them among the brightest of the animal kingdom, most are unaware that through their lengthy tenure on this planet they have created an effective non-verbal language that some have coined “the language of Equus.”  This is a language that goes well beyond the unspoken.  Through careful observation, humans have been able to interpret and adopt this method of communication.

Originating from the horses’ body language, behavior, interaction and herd hierarchy, humans can now speak with them through our own body language, gestures and even our intentions.  This language, like any, requires patience and practice.  It can be taught to anyone but fluency only comes from time spent observing and communicating with the native speakers.

Not only can horses read the body language of every member of their species they can read humans just as easily.  They can, almost immediately, see your agenda and how you are feeling.  They will highlight your strengths and weaknesses.  In effect, they know who you are and what that means to them in a very short period of time.  You can lie to yourself but you can’t lie to a horse.  Therefore, it’s important that you begin every interaction with a clear mind, leaving “all your baggage” at the gate.

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One place to start the conversation with your horse is the round pen.  Using the round pen as your classroom can be very helpful in creating a trust-based relationship.  This type of conversation is the foundation to all interaction, every ground session, ridden work and ultimately your success.  A 50-foot round pen is suggested as it allows free motion for horses of most sizes.  It’s also important to make sure you have appropriate footing, which is essential to maintaining health and fitness.

This is an example of a typical session in the round pen.  It’s important to note that this is an overview and is not intended to be a formula or a “quick fix” to solve behavioral issues and requires dedication and commitment to learn and apply.  Remember that communication takes place whenever you are together.  Each gesture and motion you make says something to your 4-legged partner.

Familiarization:  Horses need the chance to explore the round pen at liberty.  They naturally check out their perimeters, take time to settle and to explore the vicinity through their senses.  Each horse is an individual and as such will react in different ways to different circumstances.  This 15-20 minute period is an ideal time to observe their character and learn to read thier personality.

Orientation:  This is the official introduction and there are many important steps in this portion which include:

  • The introduction to the four directions (N, E, S, W) of the round pen
  • Introduction of body language
  • The opportunity for handler to read horse and horse to read handler
  • The time for the adrenaline of horse and handler to subside
  • Creation of a comfort zone in the center of the round pen
  • Creation of a safe distance between horse and handler
  • Manipulation of speed and direction by the handler to gain leadership

Communication:  In a natural herd environment, hierarchy is determined through many factors, one being the manipulation of speed and direction.  As mentioned in the orientation process, the handler adopts this practice in the round pen environment.  The connection between horse and handler takes place before or during the orientation, with a herd of 2 being formed.  Once the herd has been formed and the orientation has been completed, the handler asks the horse to leave by driving them away using body language.  This is the time to make character assessments, to complete a health check, and to begin forming the partnership with the horse.

A higher-ranking horse will use his body language to communicate or punish another by sending them out of the herd.  This gives a strong message as banishment is a grave risk to their survival.  Through the position that the handler takes of driving the horse forward, he will retreat.  This is a form of advance and retreat, also known as pressure release, and has been used by horsemen for centuries.  The handler then adopts equine body language by squaring his shoulders, placing his eyes on the horse’s eyes, and advancing forward in an assertive manner.  The combination of proximity, speed, movements, and eye contact can mean a number of different things.

As prey animals, horses naturally run for ¼ to 3/8ths of a mile before they stop to assess what made them flee.  This distance is roughly translated to 7-8 revolutions in the round pen.  The fleeing that is induced should not be through fear, but rather a request for forward motion.  The handler takes possession of any area the horse stands in at any given moment, hence gaining leadership.  A speed slightly beyond their natural gait is best and will often be in the form of a canter.

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When it feels like the right time to change direction, the horse is asked to change direction towards the round pen wall through the handler’s body positioning.  The same process of asking the horse to leave is repeated in this direction.  Unlike humans, horses only transfer about 20-50% of all information from the left to the right side of the brain and, as such, they consider this to be new ground that they are exploring.

Once the horse has explored both directions he is then asked to return to familiar ground, pressure is reduced but an active involvement is maintained.  An assertive walk forward is continued, while allowing the horse to reduce his speed and maintain focus and attention.  The handler’s body language becomes a little softer as his intention changes.  This procedure is also helpful because the horse will often reveal his history during this time.

The horse will begin to communicate his desire to return to the herd of two.  He will relay very clears signs, such as reducing the size of his circle, relaxing his jaw and neck, and many other gestures that require some study for the handler to recognize.  These are all desired responses that need acknowledgement through a release of pressure resembling a drop of the eyes, a relaxing of shoulders, slowing of the walk, or a hesitating in the line throwing.  This is what makes it a conversation, rather than a demand or simply talking at the horse.  Each try by the horse should be acknowledged in this manner.   Overall, the handler is looking for a complete feeling of unity and a commitment from the horse prior to inviting them back to the herd.  This will come with experience and the whole of the “Reach Out” process generally should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.

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Reach Out to Horses:  A suitable moment is identified to invite the horse to become part of the team again.  The invitation takes the form of a sweeping motion in front of the horse and is similar to the natural gesture of displaying one’s flank, while eating.  The passive nature of the maneuver asks the horse to slow down and step closer.  He will choose to stay close to the wall, come part of the way or all the way to the handler.   If the communication is done correctly but the horse does not return to the handler this may possibly point to a problem, issue, or habit the horse developed before the session.  Ultimately, the greatest compliment is that the horse comes up to the handler and reaches out towards him with his nose.

Close Connection:  An invitation to the horse is given to come into the heart space where he receives lots of reward and reassurance – creating a close connection.  A rub on the forehead will reinforce his positive behavior.  The ultimate reward for a horse is the release of pressure, which translates to walking away.  Horses naturally move in arcs and angles so, when the time is right, the handler walks away in a clockwise direction to perform a figure 8.  The qualities of a leader are displayed to bring the horse back to the center of the round pen, which becomes a familiar comfort zone.

 

Reaching out to your horse is the foundation of all communication.  It can take on many forms and will allow you to learn to read and communicate with your horse, while building a trust-based relationship.  It is the beginning to all success and will aid in improving existing relationships, embarking on new partnerships, and assessing character and health.  From here, you can lead into starting young horses, problem solving, improving ground manners, teaching to lead & load, eliminate kicking, biting, and rearing, just to name a few.  Creating this trust-based relationship with your horse can be a magical experience and the moment you feel that true partnership is a moment you will never forget.

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A Rave Review for Escaping Tradition

ROTH Certified Trainer and student Instructor, Katie Dixon of Renegade Equine in Bend, OR, received the following review from one of her local clients with regards to Escaping Tradition.  Please enjoy as the trust-based methods continue their reach far and wide.

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I am the mother of a 12 year old girl who has fallen in love with horses. Our whole family loves all animals and are very sensitive to their individual personalities. Bits, Spurs, whips and other methods of training horses was just not working for my daughter (or me) mentally or emotionally. Luckily, I found the book Escaping Tradition and knew this was the training philosophy that would work for my daughter (and me!).

The goal of establishing a relationship out of respect and love works as a training method. Fear based anything for anyone is not a “true” relationship or training tool that should be used. These animals have a language and they have opinions and curiosity about us and the environment we put them in. How can we expect them to be successful and learn if we don’t listen to them? Why should they only have to listen to us? This book explains just that. The stories shared by individuals in the book, shows us a way of thinking about horses as equal partners and gives them the voice they need.

The personal experiences shared in the book are examples of what horses can do for humans on a much deeper level than performance. This book points out the “real” fact that all horses are different and we need to understand them and listen to them so we can have a rewarding successful experiences together. Trust is the foundation for all successful relationships. Why would it not be the same for horses. Would you trust someone who inflicted pain, or asks you to do things you do not enjoy, or worse never listens to you? Most humans would not trust or continue to work with someone who treated them that way. So, if we are to raise the next generation of horse trainers, owners, and advocates, then they must agree with this philosophy of training.

I can only hope the book gets into as many hands as possible. Vets, trainers, breeders and the young equestrians to be. The young people have not had years of training to unlearn, they are also much more open and sensitive to animals if allowed to be.

Thank you for writing it and I’m happy to promote it.

Kristine Klees

A Day in the Life of the Youngest Animal Whisperer

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If you have visited us here at the Reach Out Ranch, you have undoubtedly had the pleasure of meeting the smallest and yet most notable member of our family, Joseph. Each day we nurture his sixth sense and encourage his natural abilities to talk to all creatures great and small. I hope this newsletter gives you some ideas on how you can do the same for your little one.

Precocious, gregarious, and a teacher at heart, like many kids of his generation, Joseph has a light in his eyes, a song in his step, and an infectious smile that extends far beyond the edges of his body.

Joseph is not just a free spirit, he is very well-educated in many topics. From dinosaurs to bugs and other species of animals, he has an insatiably inquisitive mind. And, like any respectable wizard, he is well versed in the ways of Hogwarts and muggles.

Always creative, “Jojo” can make an adventure out of anything. Whether he is a wizard, a superhero, or Coyote Joseph (the character he plays while emulating his favorite YouTube wildlife expert, Coyote Peterson) he explores the bounds of the ranch and his imagination.

Nature is his classroom and the animals his teachers. The outdoors provides him with life-altering experiences and imagination is the key to expanding the mind and making the impossible possible.

He loves making videos and has begun creating educational videos of his own to document his exploration and adventures.  It’s our hope these short videos engage your children, create a platform for you to return to nature with them and learn to listen to the animals.

So we dedicate this chilly December Newsletter to our beloved Joseph and all children, may the Holiday season remain magical for you for many, many, MANY years to come.

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Watch Below: A Day in the Life of a Ranch Kid, Episode 1.

As the son of a horse whisperer and entrepreneur, his life is exposed to extraordinary situations, circumstances, and adventures.  He is connected to the land, the animals and nature. Ranch life becomes a way of being and he embraces experiential learning. It goes beyond the “norm” to encompass all 6 senses, enhancing connection, communication, and collaboration with all life.

Watch Below, Video #2 in Joseph’s series:

A day in the life of a ranch kid; reins to a richer life.
He connects organically with the animals. Naturally, he communicates without ego. He awakens love within others.  He speaks their language; both verbal and silently. He shares his words of wisdom with his Spanish Mustang, Excalibur, for other children to experience a true connection with their horse partners.

Watch the Final Installment, Episode 3, in Joseph’s

A Day in the Life of a Ranch Kid

When you are raised where all the animals are part of the family, you know no different.  They teach him about their lifestyles, culture, language, and above all, about himself.  He learns trust, respect, boundaries, compassion, leadership, communication, balance, discipline, body language, expressions, care and unconditional love ~ for himself and all those around him.

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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A Tribute to God’s Great Creation

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After making the little girl, God said:

“You’ll need something to lean on. Something with substance that will teach you the value of hard work, perseverance, and to never give up. A thing that won’t cast judgment when you mess up in life. Because you will often, it’s just part of growing up and becoming a decent human.

You’ll need something whose impressive physical presence must be respected at all times. A being who could break your bones in a whisper but will never break your heart. A creature who will be there for you when you cry for hours after someone you love lets you down. A nonspeaking, breathing being that will teach you to check all the noise in your head and completely listen to what he is saying.

Sometimes in life you need to let go and just hang on. I call this trust. The terrifying ability to follow something blindly out of the conviction of only your heart. It will keep you centered and restore your faith when life happens. When you realize that you are forgettable to the world you won’t be to this creature.

Something that will keep you truly humbled yet teach you how to fly!

You need to understand the painful reality of death. Sometimes it’s OK to let go. That kindness will always be rewarded before the use of force. And that courage means trusting him to get you safely to the other side.

Something to get you out of bed in the trying times. When you feel like you have nothing he will remind you that you are still wanted. Something to give you perspective about what’s really important in life.

You’ll need a best friend. Do not take this relationship lightly. It just might save your life someday when you see no out. Treasure it always I’m trusting it to you to take care of for a reason.

A creature who will restore your faith about all of the goodness in the world even when you are so broken down that you cast Me aside.

In turn with time and healing he will bring you back to Me. Know that your struggle won’t be made alone, and don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

So I will make a horse.”
This poem is dedicated to all of the horses in our lives who make each day a little sweeter, each year worth smiling about when we reflect, and who give us a multitude of reasons each day to be in gratitude for all the love we have in our lives.  Surely no greater creature exists….

A Few Gems from this Month’s Newsletter; Information for the Herd from the Heart.

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Vin and Saber having a tender moment in the trailer before the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.  Vin always makes sure to take time to connect and thank the horses for their efforts!

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Anna’s Communication with Horses in Action 3/2/1
Reaching Out in the Round Pen
Do you chase your horse in the round pen or do you drive your horse?  
The difference; one is dominance based and the other leadership based. 
 
Do you consider all natural horsemanship lineages to be the same?  
This is not a training technique, this is about the language of the horse, a silent language beyond the spoken words.  
 
Are you looking for obedience, control and compliance?
We are not, we look for collaboration.  
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Do you really know what you are saying to your horse?
Watch the video below and find out!

 

For more information on how you can learn all about Round Penning and Reaching Out the ROTH way, visit us at the links below for Anna’s DVD or to join our Horse Whispering 101 Course:

DVD Vol. 3

De-Mystifying the Round Pen

In this, the third of the Reach Out to Horses® DVD series you will see just how effective the Round Pen can be in training your horse.  Anna and her students will show you how to use the Round Pen to create the ultimate foundation for a relationship with your horse, introduce the saddle or even solve your most challenging horse related problems.

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You will learn how to:

  • Talk to your horse through your body language, energy & intention
  • Create a 2-way communication system with your horse
  • Use your eyes like a pro in the Round Pen
  • Understand how horses perceive your actions and the how’s behind the why’s.
  • Determine when the Round Pen is not the right tool for the job
  • And much, much more…

When combined with the horse’s language, the RP will open up a whole new world for you and your horse.  You will finally learn how to resolve your Round Pen issues and gain the leadership with your horse.  Through communication, honesty and mutual respect you will be able to create the trust-based relationship crucial to a good partnership with your horse.  Create a lexicon that far exceeds the RP environment and experience a language that goes beyond body gestures.

Testimonials:
Neda DeMayo – Founder of Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary
Anna’s compassion for horses and humans supports her students in developing the quality of communication that will take them beyond traditional training methods.”

Show me how to help my horse in the round pen with DVD #3!

 

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Tell me more about Horse Whispering 101 at Happy Dog Ranch

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Anna dedicates so much of her not-so-free time to writing articles for Equine Wellness Magazine.  Her contributions are beyond valuable.  Here to share just one of Anna’s Recent Feature Articles:

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For access to ROTH’s resource page and to sign up to receive our full newsletter, which contains truckloads of information about Holistic and Natural Horsemanship, Dietary and Medical Support, Young Living Oils and their uses, Animal Communication, Anna’s upcoming Events and Appearances, the Diary of a Horse Whisperer, and so, so, SO much more, visit here:

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Join Anna and ROTH in Costa Rica in 2018 and claim your slice of paradise!

Join World-renowned Horsewoman, Equine Behaviorist, Holy-Fire Reiki Master and Animal Communicator, Anna Twinney in Costa Rica in 2018.

A Healing Journey In Paradise
Animal Communication, Trust-Based Horsemanship, Energy Healing, and Riding in the Rainforest with International Horsewoman and Animal Communicator, Anna Twinney in the Rainforest of Costa Rica
February 11th-17th 2018

Join Anna on an adventure of a lifetime in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica!

As the founder of Reach Out to Horses, Anna, has brought you to the mountains of Wyoming, the desert of the Wild West and the exquisite landscape of the French countryside. Now she is excited to announce her return to paradise and she is pulling out all the stops to make this a special trip for all who join her.

Welcome to the next Healing Journey In Paradise retreat in Costa Rica.  Located in Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest, Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano are a sightseer’s dream.  While traveling within this part of the country, immersed in an idyllic jungle setting, this amazing retreat provides you with an opportunity to experience Costa Rica at its fullest! Howler monkeys, toucans and macaws, sloths, pizotes, hundreds of bird species, as well as the beautiful tropical flora, make this location a nature lover’s paradise!  And that is just the backdrop for your life-changing adventure

During this weeklong retreat you will learn true, trust-based horsemanship, one of the most popular healing arts in the world, Reiki, and explore the world of Animal Communication, all while vacationing in one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world.

What is in store for you when you join us in February of 2018?

Day 1 – Arrive in Costa Rica

Arrive at the beautiful Majestic Lodge, your tropical home away from home!  Nestled in a cove on the Lake Arenal with spectacular views of the Volcano and Lake, this warm and inviting Lodge offers you comfort and relaxation.  After arriving, enjoy the Jacuzzi with a cocktail and have dinner on the open-air deck, while enjoying the grand view of the Arenal Volcano. You will sleep in the luxury of orthopedic beds and air-conditioned rooms and awake to the beautiful sounds of the various, tropical birds, and the morning call of the nearby Howler monkeys.

Day 2 – Learn the Most Popular Healing Art in the World!

Start the day with a “typical Costa Rican breakfast” followed by a day learning the popular healing art of Reiki with unimaginable views and extraordinary energy!

Reiki, translated from Japanese as “Universal Life Force”, is already used in clinics, private practices and hospitals all around the world.

Many people from all walks of life have awoken to the amazing benefits that Reiki can provide.

Developed as a healing art in early 20th century Japan, Reiki is a holistic, non-invasive technique that heals on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. In addition it can enhance other modalities of healing, both traditional and alternative, alleviate pain and has been proven to reduce stress in both humans and animals.

With this unique style of energy healing you can:

·      Alleviate stress, fears, worry and frustrations
·      Assist the body in cleansing different types of toxins
·      Help people break unwanted habits or conditions like smoking, overeating and alcoholism
·      Work on anything from your pets, houseplants and even your computer!
·      And more…

You will discover exactly what Reiki is, how to use it to heal yourself and others, and be certified and attuned to Reiki I certification.

Topics covered during the workshop include:
·      Level I Attunement
·      Reiki registers and energy movement
·      The Proper Use of Reiki
·      Starting a Reiki Practice
·      Body and Energy Scanning
·      Chakras: What they are and how to use them

And everyone who attends the workshop gets a full Reiki healing session so you can experience the amazing power of Reiki for yourself. Through Anna’s fun, powerful and nurturing style she will guide you to your full potential and help you discover what you might never even have thought possible!

Whether you haven’t worked with Reiki before, feel it’s time to take the next step or you want to take your Reiki practice to the next level, this is the perfect location to begin your journey of Reiki.

And that’s just the first day!

Day 3 – Morning – A little bit of T.L.C.  Spend the morning horse whispering! Experience Anna’s unique ROTH methodologies based around her step-by-step safety system.  Become intimate, support in their relaxation, come to understand your horse’s past experiences, and begin the process of building a trusting partnership and getting to know your horse before you gain their permission to ride in the rainforest. Incorporate visualization, body language, feel, timing, and more, as you explore these trust-based exercises.

Afternoon – Rancho Margo Ride!  Your first ride in Costa Rica will take you far up into the mountains and through the tropical rainforest to capture beautiful views of nature and pastureland. Be prepared to see an array of tropical wildlife, Toucans, Monkeys, Sloths, Pizotes and various species of birds. The views of the Arenal Volcano and natural rainforest can’t be beat!

On the way into the jungle, we will stop for a late lunch at Rancho Margot, an eco-ranch that is the very model of self-sustainability.  Almost everything they serve is grown on their farm and all their meat comes from their own free range chickens, and free roaming cattle. The lunch is an open buffet, with fresh salads, vegetables, meats and pizza.

Day 4 – Dances with Horses – After enjoying a fresh and healthy breakfast, we will jump into the “deep end” of equine communication – the obstacle course.   The obstacle course is one of the most effective instruments in horsemanship and you will join your equine partner at liberty to discover not only the complexity of the language of Equus but also your authentic self!

You will learn how to communicate effectively with your horse energetically as well as through intricate movements, gaining the partnership and connection you’ve always desires.

Anna developed the obstacle course over 18 years ago.  Since then thousands of her students from all over the world have worked with the obstacle course for a myriad of purposes.

You will apply this safe and effective training approach to all interactions with your horses, while at the same time determining a deeper understanding of your horse’s learning style.  Not only will Anna show you how to read the subtleties of your horse’s body language and direct your horse on the ground but she will enlighten you to the specific life lessons your horse wants you to know!

Once the day is done, you will enjoy watching the sunset with cocktail in-hand at the hot tube before another mouthwatering dinner overlooking Arenal lake and contemplating the life lessons the horses brought to you this day.

Day 5 – Animal Communication and the waterfall ride you will never forget!

Animal communication is just a belief away! After a delicious breakfast, on the open-air deck, overlooking the Volcano, Anna will introduce you to the amazing world of Animal Communication.  You will explore your inherent gifts and discover how to telepathically connect and communicate with a being of another species.

With this heart-to-heart connection you will uncover a new wordless language of love, a language of thoughts, images, feelings, emotions and other intuitive senses.

Next be sure to bring your camera (or smartphone).  We will join Lilander and our horses and go on a 4-hour horseback ride to a beautiful, tropical waterfall tucked deep in the jungle. After a 2-hour ride up, up, up, into the primary rainforest, we will reach the top of the mountain where you will tie up your horses and hike down to the waterfall.

Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim, and relax with beautiful, bountiful nature.  The water, and the spectacular flora and fauna will create an experience you will never forget.

We will have our picnic lunch by the waterfall and then hike back up to our horse partners.  Enjoy lunch surrounded by the pristine, natural world before connecting with the wild ones.  You will explore the magical gifts from our messengers – the animals themselves.

In the afternoon we head back, returning to the Majestic Lodge for a hot soak, or refreshing swim and relax before dinner.  In the evening we will go out for dinner to one of our favorite spots in Costa Rica!

Day 6 – Reiki; Energy Healing for Horses.

One of energy healing’s most effective and astounding uses is in the healing of animals. Horses, and animals in general, are great clients for energy work because they don’t have any preconceived notions or skepticism that often get in the way of human receptivity. An animal is simply present to the experience.

You will learn how to:
·    Ask for “permission” from your animal companions
·    Set up a safe energy healing session
·    Scan your horse’s body
·    Locate the energy centers of the body, known as the chakras
·    Listen to your horse and read his body gestures
·    Facilitate “love lessons”
·    Recognize the duration of sessions

We have found that most horses love Reiki and other forms of energy work. They will quite often relax into the healing session, lower their heads, keeping a leg cocked in a relaxed position, and even close their eyes as they enjoy the sensation. Many times you can even hear their stomachs gurgle as the healing energy flows through them, clearing energy blocks as it goes. And when they have had enough, they will usually let you know by “waking up” and sometimes even walking away.

Anna will show you the most effective way to apply your practice and your skills to the horse. This is also a great opportunity to review your skills if you are a little rusty or maybe feel like you need a little more instruction. Improve your skill set, increase your confidence, and heal some horses!

The information you will learn comes directly to you from Anna and her decades of knowledge and experience.

Day 7 – Ride with ROTH on the Lake Arenal Trek!

You will embark once again for a stunning rainforest trail ride with your equine partner. Your guides will show you all the amazing flora and fauna along the way! We will travel the lake road taking in the vibrant, green forest that surrounds us.

You will cross over Cano Negro River and head down into the river belt and its lush grasslands and abundant bird life.  The nature here is peaceful with a calm dignity. The low hum of the cicadas will remind you of ancient times. You will experience a deep feeling in the core of your very being, living in the moment, in tune with nature. After a refreshing ride with our equine partners you will be treated to a nice boat ride across Lake Arenal, a last opportunity to enjoy the lake and say goodbye before you return to the Majestic Lodge.

Day 8 –Depart Costa Rica or CHOICE ADDITION; Relax in the tropics!

Heading back to San Jose or Liberia in your air con private transfer, the sadness you may feel as you head back home can easily be allayed by getting busy planning your next trip with us!

OR After breakfast choose between the many adventurous activities to do in the Arenal area.  Rappelling and canyoning for exhilaration and exercise!  Guided hikes through the rainforest and around the volcano, for bird and animal watcher enthusiasts!  Butterfly and Reptile Conservatories and much more!  Or simply stay at home, enjoy a massage, got to the hot springs, or whatever activity you desire, before having dinner at the return to Majestic Lodge.

As you can see, this is truly a trip of a lifetime that you don’t want to miss.  One that you will experience nowhere else. We have very limited space and we are confident that this adventure will sell out very quickly.  So if you are interested in joining us, I wouldn’t wait long to make your reservation.

COST: Early Bird: $3,095 (until November 11th) $3,195 November 11th to February 1st, 2018

This inclusive 7-day Reach Out to Horses Retreat includes all treks & tours, lodging and meals.  Beverages outside of meals, alcoholic beverages and transport not included.  We can help organize your transportation to and from the hotel.

We accept up to 10 guests.
Max rider weight 190lb (86kg)
The itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

For more information please contact Nancy at kindredconnectionscr@gmail.com
tel 011-506-8703-1561

What Is Included for Retreat Guests
• 7 nights accommodation
• Three delicious meals per day (alcoholic beverages available with dinner, but not included)
• Pairing with one of our wonderful Costa Ricanhorses for the week & english/western tack
• Volcano and jungle rides
• Clinic participation, Reiki I attunement & Reiki for horses
• Optional booking of outside activities such as zip lining, hiking, rappelling down waterfalls, white water rafting, kayaking, hot springs are available but not included.

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