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

Our Newly Certified Trainers Share…

Some of our trainers from this year have been with Anna for decades.  Their journeys have taken them across the U.S., and most have spent weeks, if not months, away from home to complete their certifications.

Here are a few words from three of this year’s new crop!

From ROTH Certified Trainer, Staci Grattan, MN:

“Six years, thousands of miles, countless days away from loved ones, a positive difference made in many equine lives, friendships, connections, stretched in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine, personal growth on a beautiful and sometimes painful scale, capturing joy, joining a tribe and realizing a goal and dream. A visual of the culmination.”

“Eve and Staci on the Reach Out to Horses Train the Trainer exams today at
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. We are working our way through remedial issues including her strong objections to worming & vaccinations. (Can’t say we blame her) Eve is at Zuma’s as a part of the #brush23 group of horses rescued from an animal hoarding situation that turned into a rush to save them from the kill pen. Eve is a 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare.”

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From ROTH Conditional Certified Trainer, Laura Schumann. OH:
“And so…after a long and wonderful journey….conditional means I choose not to do all possibilities, such as colt starting. Bottom line…this is a hard-won completion leading to the beginning of the next step on this amazing journey. Standing in my power. Living fully,
 in authenticity.”

Below is Laura ponying Sage, who had never been ponied before.

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And from ROTH Certified Trainer, Carolina Bärtsch, AZ:

“A dream come true! There are many ways to interact with horses, few seem fitting to me. This certificate is a milestone on a long journey to treat the animals right. Reach Out to Horses is a very modern, extremely comprehensive and compassionate approach. Well worth the effort, returns are incredible. Stay tuned, more about this to come as I venture on.”

In Gratitude, Students Share…

Students who attended Anna’s recent events at 13 Hands Rescue and Half Halt Farms reached out to share their joy and gratitude with Anna for all she does for the horses and their people….

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“We could not absorb Anna’s gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration fast enough! We are full of hope, dreams, and renewal after our weekend.  I wish everyone could experience Anna! She has so much to offer. Our 2 day clinic will help our volunteers help our horses in so many ways.  Thank you, Anna.”

~Marylou T.

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“Extremely powerful and paradigm-shifting experience. Anna has a unique gift and helps you tap into yours. I am a professor and taught the best class of my career the week following our clinic with Anna. I was connected in a way I never have been before. Everything clicked. Thank you, Anna.”

~Glenn A.

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“I just want to say how much we have all been changed by your magnificent Anna.  She is awesome, amazing, knowledgeable, supportive, honest, gracious… I could go on but think you get it. Every attendee feels the same way.”

~Jacki Z.

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“The two -day exploration of collaborative horsemanship clinic with Anna Twinney was one of the best experiences of my life thus far. The clinic has left me with many wonderful memories that I will cherish for many years to come. Anna was amazing to watch as she worked with our rescue horses. She is a true horse whisperer. I was in awe of her knowledge, confidence, positive energy, compassion, and spirituality. I learned so many wonderful things and now look at these beautiful rescues somewhat differently than before, because I can somewhat understand their language now. I am truly humbled and incredibly grateful to have been a part of such a magical weekend. It is my hope that Anna will return next summer for another soul-filling, beautiful, and amazing horsemanship clinic.”

~Mary Ellen B.

“Thank you all for connecting after the event. It was a fabulous experience sharing our vulnerabilities, energy and love for the horses.

I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have met you all and to be able to learn from Anna.

Until we all meet again, many blessings, peace, joy and continuous great health.

And to Anna,

Thank you for all you do to teach mindful partnership with horses. I was able to audit one day at Half Halt but I have hopes to make the next clinic in NY with my horse, Destiny. It would be amazing to share this with her. Thanks again!”

~Angela R.

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“Dear Friends,

I hope you don’t mind me calling you that.  Not too long ago, for most of us, we were strangers on a group email with names we may not have recognized.  Thanks to Anna, we have come together. Our lives forever changed.  Memories created, raw emotions exposed, storied told, fears uncovered, sharing a forever and unexplained bond with each other and these beautiful and majestic creatures that we love so much.

Anna, thank you for your compassion, honesty, and adaptability to every single horse and handler.  You have a brilliant gift.  Your wisdom and guidance will never be forgotten.

Laura, you planned this event seamlessly.  Every detail was well-thought-out and communicated beautifully!  You are greatly appreciated.

In the words of one of my favorite country artists, “I’ll see you when I see you, and I hope it’s one day soon….”

All my love to all and much-continued success on this amazing journey!”

~ Nancy R.

 

 

“Dearest Anna,

I personally wanted to walk away this past weekend with “tools” to help me build both my and my horse’s confidence. What I got back so much more. Anna, your incredible insight and knowledge helped us all understand that we need to earn the trust of our horses. You offered each of us a bridge to connect with our horses’ hearts! I can’t thank you enough. Words just don’t convey the depth of our gratitude.

Looking forward to when our paths cross again.”

~ Carolyn C.

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We would like to thank all participants for joining us and the many horses for sharing their language with all of those curious and passionate enough to listen.  To our master teachers, we are grateful!

Do you want to know more about Intuitive Horsemanship?  The new book from ROTH has arrived, Escaping Tradition, The Next Generation of Horsemanship.  Attend our FREE Webinar to meet some of the authors whose stories are included and register to WIN your FREE copy!

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The Original Reiki Healing for Horses

There is no place I would rather be than in the corral among the horses and healing energy. It is a place surrounded by mountains, nestled in the heart of the wild west, where horses receive healing and, in turn, heal human hearts. It is an energy so subtle it ignites the flame within, with an art that has worldwide recognition and acceptance. If you have felt the pull of destiny, now is the time to embrace your calling as the lightworker you were born be.

 

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Love Lessons to Heal the Heart and Soul

One of ROTH’s most popular retreats, Healing Horses at the Historic Bitterroot Ranch in Dubois, WY, came and went in early June.  Dubois is located in the niche below the intersection of two great mountain ranges: the volcanic Absarokas, spilling eastward from Yellowstone, and the southeastward-ranging Wind River Mountains, the tallest mountain range in Wyoming.  Students from across the US gathered amidst the peaks and the Wind River as they mingled with the horses, spending time within the herd, reading the horses’ energies, answering their requests for healing, and helping to interpret their registers.

One of the biggest hits of Anna’s Healing Horses classes is the Love Lessons. When we connect with the horse’s heart chakra, they can express emotion through us that they otherwise would not be able to.  Consequently, we can experience our own healing by being the channel for their emotional release.  Love begets love, and love lessons beget love lessons!

Here are some images from this year’s Healing Horses at the Bitterroot Ranch Retreat along with what our students had to share about their experience:

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Sue L. of NC

Learning the life-changing art of Reiki in their incredible, beautiful landscape was, quite simply, transformational.

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Donna P. of WV

Authentic connection and magical transformation – this was the result of my reiki experience with Anna Twinney.  Join the tribe/herd and let the magic begin!

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Happy S. of CO

Everyone told me this week would change my life…. They were right!  Everyday was life lessons learned, but the most amazing day was the day I gave Reiki to a young Arabian Stallion.  Life-changing!  He taught me so much about being present in the moment and listening!   I know when I get home my horses will thank him.  Blessings to Anna, all the members of my group, and the Bitterroot Ranch!

 

Elena D. of CO

The beauty of the retreat location was matched by the grace and intensity of the teachings.  I am confident I will be bringing back to my ranch a very useful and unique practice for my animals.

Sally W. of MA

What I loved best were the reiki Attunements, which, for me, were the most spiritual aspect of the retreat.  I also loved the opportunity to give Reiki love to the horses while they were in a corral.  (There were many more horses there than I could connect with!)  At one point I was surrounded by 5 horses all wanting Reiki love.

Marilyn S. of MN

To walk into a herd of 80-100 horses and have them choose you…what an exhilarating experience and I will not top that for awhile!  Giving to the horses is amazing!

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Richard J. of VA

From staff to clinician, everyone was extremely helpful and informative.  I will be able to use most of all the information in my present employment.  Thank you.

Sydney B. VA

If you ware feeling closed down in our modern world, in this clinic you will feel your heart grow at least 10 sizes BIGGER!  NO MORE GRINCH!  Great for all levels of experience.

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Stacey B. of MN

I came to Bitterroot Ranch with Anna here because I truly needed emotional, spiritual and physical healing.  I am so blessed that I got even more than I could have ever expected.  My advice to you would be to trust the flow of how Anna works – that’s what made my life lesson shine through.  The bond and friendship with all the others n the class is priceless.  I am truly healed and this experience has and will change my life forever.  Much love to all here: horses, dogs, staff, friends, others and Anna!

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The week began early for our Reiki Master students who arrived in advance for their Master Attunements and to access the new information they would be using out in the world as they begin their journeys as Master Healers.  From selecting oils for attunements to master healing sessions, truly a transformational experience was had by all…even by the curious onlookers.

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From our Reiki Master, Christine M. of wherever the wind takes her…

The idyllic setting of the Bitterroot Ranch added to the magic of this wonderful, week-long, experiential retreat.  Being immersed in nature and surrounded by beauty from the moment we stepped out of our gorgeous log cabins was an absolute joy.  Totally loved sharing Reiki with the lovely group of people on the retreat, energy healing with the horses and the spectacle of a 200 odd herd making their way up to higher pastures every evening.  The absolute highlight for me though was receiving the Reiki Master attunement with the energy of the elements all around us and the horses coming in to share their energy and healing as well.  It truly was a remarkable and magical experience.   Heartfelt thanks to Anna for creating this fabulous event.  Would do it again tomorrow!      

Peppermint for President!

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We all have our stories of woe to tell, this is for certain. Mine includes a major spinal fusion surgery at a very young age, nerve damage in numerous places, premature arthritis, and myriad other little fun things that come with the body of someone who really lived and breathed each and every day with horses in her early life and has the scars to prove it. I was hard on my body, riding was hard on my body, and some of my less-graceful encounters with horses on the ground have definitely been hard on my body. If only I had known then what I know now about safety…if only I had met Anna when I was 12 instead of…well, a couple decades later.

Living in Colorado as well can aggravate some of these issues, as the cold and the altitude are often not kind to joints; neither are some of the dry, summer conditions and the ever-shifting Barometric Pressure, but for someone like me who is probably never going to move because I LOVE it here, and who cannot take prolonged Opiate medications, nor prolonged anti-inflammatories to help with chronic pain, what is there left to do?

My friend, I introduce you to Peppermint Oil. I say this with full awareness that if someone had told me I could temper fear-inducing nerve pain, muscle spasms that cause me to utter things I probably shouldn’t, and joint pain that I will likely have the rest of my life, I would have laughed at your naivete. How cute! You want to help treat my pain with what is essentially a Christmas candy? Well, older, wiser, and more open-minded, this is what I am telling you is possible.

I don’t just use Peppermint for my chronic pain on my back and sciatic nerve, I have used it for sore throats, tight chest, coughs, sunburns, headaches, upset stomach, acid reflux, tooth pain, restless legs at night, mosquito bites, and, probably the most important for someone like me who is afraid sometimes of just how long the pain will last, how bad it might get, whether I will have to go to the ER, whether I will have to miss work, whether I will be able to take care of my horses, clean the barn, feed the dogs, drive my car, sit, lay down, sleep…and on and on ad infinitum, GROUNDING.

When I inhale and take a deep, lung-filling breath of Peppermint, I am present. The problems, the worries, the future concerns that may never come to pass are gone because I am grounded quite instantly. So, in addition to the relief of physical ailments is the added relief of anxiety. There’s just something so very healing about it because it soothes me, mind, body, and spirit, just when I need it most.

I put Peppermint directly on my skin anywhere, but some people will prefer a carrier oil because it can be quite strong. You’ll want to wash your hands and make sure you don’t get any in your eyes, of course, as even after washing my hands thoroughly I have found it in my eyes on occasion.

After having doctors tell me I would be on a number of medications for the rest of my life, medications that are in the spotlight right now and the focus of hot debate, I know I have a more holistic option with this natural approach that often gets me over the pain hump, and before I know it I have moved on mentally just enough for the body to relax and remedy whatever was the issue at the time. It is because of this I say, Peppermint for President! May the prospect and healing possibility of Peppermint grace your life the way it has mine.

Love Always,

Lacey Knight

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The Sunset Ride: Written the Day After My Riding Accident Back in January

The sunset ride is only just coming back to me now, it feels like a dream. Gradually I’m piecing things together. The last moments I remember were seeing my mare trot towards us calling from the other side of the fence in dim light. I was close to home. My last thought was: “All you have to do is stay on, you will stop eventually.” From then on it’s all a blank. I have no recollection. I’m not sure how long I was knocked out and unconscious lying on the ground, or how I came off my horse, how I walked back home having her by my side.

He tells me I called for him inside the house telling him something was wrong, but I didn’t know what. My face told the story for me. How much time went by is a mystery to me, but it was dark. I have no recollection.

I “awoke” on the staircase with a familiar face taking care of me, gradually recognizing my surroundings and yet not knowing what time of year it was, only to be startled to see Christmas decorations. I knew my name and my son’s name. I didn’t recognize what I was wearing and thought I had just woken up from a dream. Why was there so much interest when I had just awoken? My hubby was naturally concerned with my severe confusion and after I insisted on showering we spent Saturday evening in emergency trauma.

I walked in by myself with extreme lower back pain, it reminded me of going into labor and walking like I was about to give birth. Surprisingly, I had no headache despite feeling extreme nausea. The trauma unit took my horse riding situation seriously and put me through all kinds of scans to finally determine it was no worse than a concussion. With debris tangled in my hair, my helmet most likely saved my life.

I’ve been through a vaulting (Gymnastics on horseback) accident, head-on car accident, and have been the passenger in a rolled over Police vehicle. I’ve been assaulted on numerous occasions and have been kicked, bitten, yanked, dragged, and fallen off horses a number of times, but never experienced broken bones or a concussion before. I consider myself well-taken-care-of.

I am thankful my Creator did not call me home just yet and I was brought to tears this morning when my 5-year old son stated: “but Mummy you were wearing a helmet, right?” He already knows the importance of this protection. ” I would love you forever…” he said, as he contemplated his thoughts. Instead, I am surrounded by angels to learn lessons I have yet to discover.

I will take care of myself and nurture those pieces that have been bruised as I care about my body. This time, instead of treating my body simply as a machine that needs servicing I will feel the love for myself. My life will never be the same as I unravel the effects of this fall, but I do know it will be better.

What Oil I chose to Help Mitigate Effects of the Fall and to Regain my

Brain Power

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