Testimonials from the Transformational Bitterroot Reiki Retreat are IN!

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Anna embodies the spirit of caring for life in animals and all sentient beings.  Her course was an awakening for me.  Anna’s knowledge of horses, their needs and the relationship to the human soul is beyond explanation.  I’m grateful for her help in introducing me to Reiki and its power in touching the lives of horses and humans.  This was a true eye-opener for someone who was not previously comfortable with the super-natural.

George S.

 

There is a saying: “God made physicians to heal the body.  He made horses to heal the soul.”  I say he made Anna Twinney to deepen our connection to horses and ourselves.  My week with Anna in her course, Healing Horses at the Bitterroot Ranch exceeded my expectations.  She brought me closer to horses than I ever dreamed possible.  And from the bottom of my heart, I am grateful!

Debbie M.

 

Homecoming.  That is the word that pops into my head when asked to describe this week.  Of all the clinics I have done with Anna, this is the one where I finally feel a sense of belonging.  There were no frustrations within myself, no temper tantrums.  There was just ease and, again, belonging.  And as if the feeling wasn’t enough, during both of the attunements, I saw two of the symbols, they appeared, having never seen them before.  The book, it is tattooed on my shoulder, near my clavicle -almost two years ago, a month after my divorce. It is my symbol for new beginning, a new chapter, and a re-write of my story.  Our shoulders, like a pedestal, holding up our heads. That book tattooed on my pedestal/shoulders, all confirmations that I am right where I’m supposed to be.  Thank you, Anna.  Thank you, Bitterroot. Thank you to all of the horses.  Thank you.  With all love.

Jennifer L.

 

I’m not sure if I didn’t believe in Reiki, energy, or spiritual healing, if I was just skeptical, or if I was simply lacking information, but it was not a part of my life and I truthfully didn’t think that it could be… and then I attended a clinic with Anna and my interest was sparked.  Now, having completed this course, I recognize Reiki as the most transformative and powerful healing modality that I have ever experienced.  The feedback is undeniable and so inspiring; it truly knocked the wind out of me at times. I feel incredible gratitude for all that this week has offered, how connected I feel with my energy and spirituality, and that I can offer such profound healing to myself, loved one, and the horses.  I feel connected to who I am, what my purpose is, and how much I am capable of.  I am inspired by eye-opening experiences, in which the horses responded to work that I did with them and in which I was able to identify where someone who I never met needed healing.  I leave this week feeling renewed, inspired, and proud – proud of all proved to myself, all I’ve done for the horses, and all I know I can offer in the future.  I am now Reiki I & II certified – and I believe in all the love and light that I can offer.  My life feels full.

Emily C.

I came to Bitterroot to run away from home and I ran back into the people and horses I needed to be with me.  I came fully expecting not to be able to do Reiki and amazed that I have a whole new experience with the world and with the horses.

Linda W.

 

The workshop represented the ideal opportunity to learn and connect to Reiki in a stunning setting combined with the liberty work and equine Reiki introduction, it gave me an opportunity to enhance my connection to horses in a very unique way.  Anna was the ideal professional, both personally and through her unique experience, to gain an introduction or further your connection to the horse.  Thank you, Anna, and to the horses at Bitterroot Ranch, for a magical experience into a new way of thinking, feeling and being.

Lachlan H.

 

This week was soo much more than I ever could have thought!  And in the BEST WAY!  I not only grew in my relationship with horses (way more than I thought I even could) but with myself!  I grew so much this week!  I wasn’t expecting that at all!  Thank you!!!  I definitely will be looking at more clinics in the future!

Maddie L.

 

This is my second time doing Anna’s seminars.  She is so amazing.  She inspires me to be able to help my horses understand and gain confidence.  Her demonstrations also teach me so many things horses are trying to communicate.  She truly is like an angel on earth.

Cynthia S.

 

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Beyond Grateful

Success and Inspiration

The testimonials have come flooding in and we are feeling Beyond Grateful for the kind words of our readers and horse people who have committed to developing a trust-based partnership founded in an understanding of one another’s needs.  Enjoy!

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Anna’s new book arrived about two weeks ago and I read it, and now my mom is reading it, soon to be followed by my best friend!  Thank you, Anna, for your knowledge of the horse and your ability to help give people a shift to the horse’s perspective!  I’m feeling pretty happy to have you in the horse world.

Gian S.

Sonoma County

I am reading this book right now. Anna’s methods and thoughtfulness will change your perspective regarding training and development of your relationship with your horse.  You will grow as a horseman and dive into the “next generation” of Natural Horsemanship. It is a “must-read”🤠💕

Tammy I., CO

 

Dear Anna,

Katie Dixon just gave me your new book, Beyond the Barn. I love it! Such great detail and information. The “how to’s” which are so helpful, complemented by all the research and years studying horse behavior. Wow…Such a gift to have all that in a book. It’s hard to put down! So grateful💗

Cindy P., OR

 

Thank you, Anna!

I just received a copy of your book! That is so kind of you, and I can see already how much good and helpful information you’ve included. I’m looking forward to going through it and I imagine that, like your courses, I’ll be returning to it again and again. You pack so much into your offerings. My horses thank you, too!

Best,

Willow

 

Anna Twinney, consummate horse-woman and expert intuitive, has put her own words and experiences into a book that is blowing my mind!  Chapter by chapter I am finding myself deeper and deeper into the language of the horse and surprised constantly by what I do not, correction, what I did not know.  Thank goodness for people like Anna who put their work into beautifully written words and a format that even a layman can understand.  My herd of 25 are thanking you already!

With gratitude,

Marie W., CO

 

I’m reading Anna’s new book Beyond the Barn and wondering where she finds the time for it all.  I took a clinic with her over two years ago and since that day I have been craving more.  Now I have her voice and her wisdom on my shelf where I can keep it for all of time and refer to it as needed.  My Mustang and I thank you for all the work you do in the world and for publishing your work, Anna!

Kathy M., OK

 

I never buy horse books.  I have found them confusing and often they don’t give very good background information.  Lucky for me I have a good friend who bought this book for me when she learned Anna was publishing it.  I cannot say how happy I am to have this guide, not only the insights into the language that the horses use, but also the practical information that lives within these pages.  And it’s organized in a way that makes it easy to find a chapter when I need a reference and when I’m working with my mare.  I’ve been told that this is only volume one of two so now I can’t wait for that one to come out!  Maybe I will pre-order one for me AND my friend to pay her back for getting me such a great and useful gift of information about my favorite animal on this planet!

Katrina F., ID

 

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Unravelling the Past

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We unraveled a horse’s past today…not through horsemanship handling instead through animal communication. What we discovered would have taken me a while to have assessed, but instead it came straight from the horse’s mouth. He shared his two sides; that of a pocket “pony” and the contrast of the debilitating fear that he is overcome by on occasions ~ where he cannot trust himself or rely on himself and therefore would not be in a position to support a rider. With incredible reactions, not thought out, and no coping skills to respond he could spin, spook, back-up and be so fast that not many could ride during those moments. His body would take over, with no space for his mind to think. It felt like PTS, without particular standard triggers, but instead unfamiliar circumstances or unexpected circumstances that would startle him to bring on such a reaction. 90% of the time he is that puppy dog, relaxed, kind and capable, straight forward happy and unconcerned. In controlled situations there would be no matter for concern and arena riding would work. He appreciates repetition, structure even and has had some exposure, although remains somewhat innocent with a dominant side. Difficult for most trainers to discern for not all situations would display or bring this behavior forward making him unpredictable. A Western approach, with understanding is the way to go. In the past he would have experienced a trainer that persisted, even “nagged” him during a time of fear thus unleashing adrenaline he could not handle creating an individual so reactive that few could muster. A common approach to talk at a horse and not with a horse, common to create a system and technique vs listening and adapting. Common to push on and push through, common to raise the pain with the stick. Most will hold the horse tapping them with a stick to “encourage” them to go over an object, not realizing when to stop, when to pause, and when to change their methods. Not knowing how much pressure its causing, as they seek the end result. Or even consider that this may be classed as invasive, abusive or damaging and violating. Its all in the eye of the receiver… Most horses can and will adjust and adapt, giving in, giving up, accepting and acknowledging the style, while others will be deemed dangerous as they are not able to comprehend and process and thus “resist”. His personality and past required another kind of training to support his needs. Scared and not able to let go, he held onto this piece of his past within his body ~ like so many people do too. Some by choice as it defines them, some out of necessity and some not knowing how to release. He just knew he held on..for that time he would need to leave…It was within him, lodged deep down even if it no longer served him, he could not truly know that and even if he did his body held on tightly. Now he would most benefit from a person who rides out as part of their job, an individual who could integrate him into their day. Not “train” him, but instead include him into their activities and with it give him a chance to explore, experience and learn..without pressure of 30,60 or 90 days. Ride him with understanding and kindness, not reprimand and have to be “right”…not kick, beat or insist..show him another way. Not everyone is up to the task and not everyone has the environment conducive. He would then progress and just maybe be in a position to let the past go and trust in himself more. Meanwhile light hearted training, tricks, interactions and enjoyment is the way to continue forward and thus he can release the past and pave the way for a future that accepts him no matter who he is…just like we ask from our human partners..acceptance. And that he has at the place he calls home:)

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Trailer Loading Trauma and Trials Turned Triumph!

I would say that one of the greatest frustrations for all horse people can be trailer loading.  In fact, people experience such frustrations with this facet of horsemanship that one need not search too long to find a horse who either doesn’t load or who panics once they get into the trailer, only to run out backward in a very dangerous attempt to flee. Trailer loading takes patience, compassion, and most of all, the ability to catch the whisper in the eye of the horse so as to maximize our time frame to respond.

Trailer loading issues translate to all continents, all languages, and all types of horsemanship.  Thus, it was no surprise to find a couple of horses in Singapore who had been through the process of developing a system to keep themselves out of a trailer.  Both of the horses you will see in the videos on this newsletter have had trailering trauma, with the second actually having been in a loading accident.  Very fortunately, the caring and lovely souls at EQUAL take these horses exactly where they are and work with what they’ve got.  They do their very best to meet every need and to ensure that the trauma of these wonderful horses will stay where we wish it never was in the first place, in their past.

 

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Animal Communication In Action

Pictured below: Anna with EQUAL Barn Manager, Tommy, who could double for the voice of Morgan Freeman!

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I found myself amongst a new group of people today and an unfamiliar culture who had never experienced telepathic communication with horses. I took another leap of faith as I closed my eyes and gave a voice to one of the horses. There would be no turning back. I was hoping for something a little more mellow than what we had just experienced in our last energy experiential learning session. Having just watched a horse be triggered to what seemed to be PTSD. She was a little different from the others and drew attention through her sadness. In just seconds she revealed the ins and outs of the organization. Eager to share her concerns and in turn her wishes. She listed all ensuring no leaf was left unturned. I thought she may have been more guarded having seen her eye, but she chose to show up fully. When asked to describe specific staff she gave concise descriptions matching each one – her discernment undeniable and astounding. The hot walker was not for her but she asked to be included on the jockeys riding list instead of being left out despite her leg condition. She named her preferred riders spoke of her bit and style of riding. Her suggestions for stall drainage design were remarkable and matched those for the farrier. In support of the curriculum, she brought forward ideas to move forward. She explained her need to examine and trust future trailers while she didn’t feel she had a loading issue since it was A matter of caution since the accident. This and more came out of our time together painting a thorough picture and shedding light on all aspects, staff queries and suggestions. Out of the mouth of the horse we solved mysteries. In turn, her emotions were displayed throughout as she finally leaped with joy and released tension through running and play. And all because the organization was open and willing to hear. I applaud them for inviting me to visit and receive maybe more than they had envisioned their horse training would be. This isn’t simply any natural horsemanship training this is the uniqueness of ROTH training. It’s unparalleled.

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What Was Your Highlight? Testimonials from Singapore!

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“My style of horsemanship has changed after attending the course by Anna.  I now handle horses in a different manner. Her TLC methods opened my eyes. It’s a privilege to have had the opportunity to be trained by her. Thank you, Anna!”

-Clement Chan, Instructor

“Anna’s class has taught me so much on horse behavior in 3 days than what I know from my experience in race riding of 30 years”

– Danny Chee, Instructor

“Extremely grateful for Anna’s sessions and for her to have much faith in us, to have traveled this far during this difficult period. Anna inspired us all with so much richness through her dedication. We look forward with the hope to learn more from her as we practice what she has imparted. Till we meet again!”

– Nick Low, Instructor

“Through Anna’s clinic, she displayed what it means to Reach Out To Horses, and in the process also Reach Out To Humans. Anna’s compassionate approach gave a voice to the voiceless and enabled communication to take place through connection and authenticity.

I am ever grateful to her in teaching me how to be gentle with the horses; how to be gentle with myself.

Till we meet again.”

– Er Wan Ling, Programme Manager

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Ledger’s Legend Lives On!

Below you will find Anna’s powerful tale of a horse who experienced something that most of us wish and pray that we never have to, and the miracle that ensued on behalf of the horse and the students of that year’s HHC.  But first, a note from our partner in publication:

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Friendships Forged in Good Fortune

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I first met Anna when I adopted Callisto, a black mustang gelding from Return to Freedom.  I named him Callisto because he has a half moon shaped star on his forehead and Callisto is a moon of Jupiter….(I am an astronomy buff and an environmental scientist).  I hired Anna almost 19 years ago, when she was Monty Roberts head instructor.  Anna taught me how to start a young horse. She would drive to Santa Barbara and show me a few steps on what to do to train Callisto. I would work with him for 2 weeks and then we would start all over again with the next steps.  Most of the time Callisto and I would just play together to build up a trusting bond that we have to this day. He is going to turn 21 this spring, and still going strong!   During the training (of me mostly) Anna and I have become friends,  and I feel like she is one of the few people I know that I can communicate with on just about everything, including very personal things.  I enjoy her visits and welcome her to stay with me when she comes to SB County.
 
I have since adopted another mustang at the age of 4 months, a blue roan mare from a huge neglect case in SB county, who is now a grand champion jumper in Santa Barbara County, jr. division, and shows dressage.  My latest acquisition is a  black thoroughbred gelding, who raced for one season, and won 2 races.  After retiring from racing,  he was left behind during the Thomas fire, (a huge fire that burned from Ventura County to Santa Barbara.)  in a pasture where he panicked and ran into a tree, breaking his neck. I bailed him out of a financial situation, and took him, broken neck and all, which has now healed.  He will never jump or do dressage, but with training from a young trainer in Buellton, has become a fine trail horse, all 17.1 hands of him. It is taking time for me to adjust from a mustang at 15.1 hands to 17.1.  Since race horses run faster when you pull the reins, I feared, in an emergency, my muscle memory would pull on the reins, so now I ride this big black giant with a hackamore. It is amazing to me what we will do for horses when we are addicted to them.  Horses are my drug, and because of horses, I have met many fine people like Anna.
 

Natasha Lohmus

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