How Can we Facilitate our Animals’ Tranquility Over the 4th?

Dearest Anna,

Every year when the sun is high for long periods and the temperature gets really warm, I anxiously await this event. I don’t know exactly when it will come, or for how long it will last. It begins sometimes slowly, with a snap, a crackle, a fizzle, and a pop, but later on, after dark, the big booms arrive. I can feel them shake the house – the concussion in the air – my eardrums are pierced by this repetitive sound. Sadly, it’s not just brief; it’s not just one night, as this tends to go on for a whole weekend, and often even two. Sometimes my family will even leave me alone during this time, at which point I hide under the bed, or crawl into the darkest recess of the closet, and I desperately hope everything will be ok. Anna, how can my guardians help calm and ease my tension during this time? Everyone seems overjoyed and like there is something to celebrate. I would hate to ruin their fun with my upset and panic.

Yours truly,

Freedom the Beagle

 

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Dearest Freedom,

How beautiful is your heart? I wish all souls were as sensitive and selfless as you, not wanting to ruin the fun of others simply because you are upset. Well, your upset is a big deal and it shouldn’t be minimized. This day is actually a celebration for us, a celebration of our freedom, the very thing after which you were named. However, our freedom to celebrate our American heritage and tradition shouldn’t have to affect you so deeply.  I have just the thing that I know you will find helpful.  It’s a spray that will allow you to relax, that will calm the nerves a bit, and will allow you to enjoy the fun had by your two-legged family. Tell them to put 5 sprays either directly into your mouth or on your food, and to repeat every few minutes until they see a difference in how you feel. Please tell them this can also be used for vet visits should you get nervous, and for a number of other stress-inducing situations like travel or boarding. Bless your heart, sweet Freedom. I know you will find some peace in your situation with just this natural, Dynamite remedy!

Love always,

Anna

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Tranquil isn’t just for the hounds in our hearts, it’s for the horses too!

Go Here for the Canine Version

And go Here for the Equine Version

 

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Not the Homecoming For Which I Had Hoped…You Just Might Save Your Horse’s Life with Some of These Helpful Tips:

You Just Might Save Your Horses Life with Some of These Helpful Tips:

Nearly a year ago I arrived home after an amazing Healing Horses experience at Bitterroot Ranch in WY.  Happy to be home and spend time with my herd, I ventured out on the ranch Monday morning and my equine soul mate, Excalibur, was already calling me.  He immediately caught my attention with his rolling nicker and stance.

A bout of springtime Laminitis had come calling, and I sprung into action.

We thought that springtime would be a good time to share some of the things you can do during a Laminitis emergency while waiting for your vet to arrive.

Using some of these suggestions, you might just save your horse’s life.

Check and/or integrate:
Gums for color, mucus and capillary refill
Pulse in the hoof
Distorted hoof/rings
Hot hooves
High temp
Heart rate
Weight shifting
Shortened stride
Overweight
Diarrhea

We Applied:
Dynamite’s Release spray
Dyna-pro for gut support
Dynamite’s TNT, Excel, and OxMega
Bathed legs for 20 min
Applied Dynamite miracle clay to feet/leg
BEMER Blanket – for circulatory
 support
Young Living Oils: Peppermint, Lemongrass & Panaway
Hands-on healing & long distance Reiki
Foot support
New turn-out in sand based round pen
Meditation and visualization
Banamine!
Farrier visit/check

 

A FULL RECOVERY

We treated Excalibur Holistically, and nearly entirely naturally, only giving him Bute when it was absolutely necessary to control his pain.   Now, almost a year later, Excalibur is out with his herd, grazing the pastures that are suitable for his dietary needs, with not too many sugary grasses to which he can have access. He regularly gallops with his girls and lives the life of a free horse once more!

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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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The Journey of a Lifetime…Anna Twinney

Anna met with Sandy Corrigan of The Corrigan Group to bring her story and her message to the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Advice Givers Group Podcast.

Follow the Link below to the page where you can access the Podcast and hear the Truth about horses, the lessons they have to share with us, and how they can transform a life across continents and around the globe.

Listen here

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The Journey Less Traveled

In Anna’s Words:

If you had asked me to describe the partnership between our horses and humans there are so many words I could bring forth: love, trust, compassion, connection, mutual respect and understanding…communication, collaboration, fun, enjoyment, relationship, leadership.

Today I FELT something that went beyond this description, something difficult to put into words for “B” (we shall call him); a Belgian who described how he lays his life on the line when he teams up to pull the wagon – just like she does driving him.  He has to trust his person in the wilderness they live in and call home. He has to rely on his person to be there for him. He has to be able to listen and work truly as a team for survival and success. Nothing quite compares to the lifestyle they live…naturally.

They are to grow old together. His excellent training stands him in good stead as an upright citizen, but they still need to be patient with one another as they explore their relationship and build it on true trust. As he learns her language, her needs, and expectations, she learns about him. It’s a partnership built on honesty.

The care that was overlooked previously and the suppleness needed to stay athletic are only a small part of the overall picture. Not everyone can take the reins to drive a team – it’s not about technicalities or queues, it’s about the experiences they share to get them to the very point of trusting one another. This cannot be transferred to another, instead they share this journey. It’s the journey less travelled as they experience the natural world becoming true friends and partners.